LOS ANGELES — This September, character designer and illustrator Bobby Chiu (Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland) and Emerald City Comic Con founder Jim Demonakos are transforming LightBox Expo into LightBox Expo Online, a unique international virtual arts event with over 300 guests and more than 200 presentations. The event will be a multi-faceted experience for everyone, from aspiring artists and students to professionals and fans, with an emphasis on animation, illustration and conceptual art. Guests on the virtual show include Oscar winner Everett Downing (co-director of Hair Love); Rona Liu (production designer at Pixar Animation Studios); James Gurney (creator of Dinotopia); Natalie Hall (artist in The Shape of Water); Loish (internet influencer); Claire Wendling (Spectrum Grand Master 2018); Andy Park (Marvel Studios director of visual development) and hundreds of others. The event will take place from September 11th to 13th.
"The LightBox Expo Online will be an unforgettable opportunity to discover all the artists and exhibitors participating in the event," commented Bobby Chiu, Creative Director of LBX. "We have created an experience that cannot be compared to anything else. The virtual artist alley and show floor work with any web browser and your phone and are even compatible with VR headsets for a really great experience."
With the help of browser-based technology, participants can navigate a virtual 3D exhibition area with over 300 international artists. Participants come from Brazil, Japan, New Zealand, Great Britain, Lithuania, Spain, Singapore, the Netherlands, Ghana, Canada, Malaysia, Israel, Mexico, Dubai, Sweden, Australia, Indonesia, Serbia, Denmark, Argentina, the Philippines and France, Norway, the United States and many other countries.
"Bobby and I realized that after an incredible start in Pasadena last fall, we had the opportunity to reinvent the LightBox Expo," added Congress Director Jim Demonakos. “The best thing about this virtual event is that we can include artists and designers from around the world, many of whom might otherwise not be able to attend. At the same time, we use the website to provide a solid experience for participants who want to learn more about the process of creating art. "
Many of the programs throughout the weekend will include interactive or downloadable elements to enhance the learning experience, all of which will be available on the LightBox Expo website.
Registration for the LightBox Expo Online is now open to anyone with an internet connection worldwide. The participants can choose from four levels. Just $ 1 gives you full weekend access, while the top tier ($ 40) gives you a tote bag of artwork created for the event by Hellboy inventor Mike Mignola, as well as a print from the concept artist Chiu.
For more information, please visit the event website.
Source: LightBox Expo