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    Have you met any of your favorite artists before?

    Today at the Comic Con I met Joe Mad, who I've been wanting to meet for quite some time, and got autographs and pictures. I heard he did sketches at his last signing session (when I asked him earlier, he said he wasn't doing any) so I should've went back to that later session. Another artist that I really like is Jim Lee, I missed his Friday signing session and the Saturday one was VIP only. I did get to attend his Q&A panel so that was nice at least.

    Have you guys met any of your favorite artists before?

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    When I was young I loved going to cons and signings and meeting artists. Hanging around, watching them sketch and listening to them talk shop with each other made being a proffessional artist seem like something achievable. One of the great things about CA is that it's sort of a virtual version of that.


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    I've met Todd Lockwood twice, once at DragonCon (by virtue of being in the front row of his panel and asking a literal shitton of questions -- he mentioned this place by name, by the way ) and just in July at ComicCon, and he had the grace to stop what he was doing at his booth and answer, in length and detail, a specific question I had about color/painting.

    I admittedly did drop about $360 on his artwork (we frame and hang it in the house) but I didn't get the feeling that he minded me asking about painting. He is one of the most personable, nicest artists I've ever met -- in real life, OR on the net

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    ive never met any "famous" artists in person.

    met some pretty amazing guys and girls that kick ass but no textbook masters or anything..

    i have marko's dvd : D

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    i got to meet a few art heroes and even got to take some of their classes. steven assael, max ginsburg, irwin greenberg, milton glaser, al hirschfeld, david levine and donato giancola. now if i can only meet jennifer connelly i'm set.

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    I met Jo Chen. She asked me if I had a website and I don't. ;________; She asked me. I felt like such a loser but it's not like I had anything good to show her anyways.

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    Aw man, I've had the extreme luck to meet a few! Jon Foster, Todd Lockwood, Gregory Manchess, Brom, Bobby Chiu, Adam Hughes, Simon Bisley, Dave Dorman, Shiflett Brothers...and others.

    Would have loved to have met Frazetta and would love to be able to meet Claire Wendling. Since I bought a book about his work, next Comic-Con I am going to shake the hand of Bernie Wrightson; besides having him autograph the book, of course. Heh.

    I tell ya, it takes a LOT to go up and meet these creative titans (we see them as that, don't we?), but once you do, you realize how humble and approachable they are. And then you realize that these talented beings ARE SO frickin' humble and why in the HECK were you so nervous in the first place? But it'll always be that palm sweating moment no matter what.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrr View Post
    i got to meet a few art heroes and even got to take some of their classes. steven assael, max ginsburg, irwin greenberg, milton glaser, al hirschfeld, david levine and donato giancola. now if i can only meet jennifer connelly i'm set.
    That name popped out at me. Whoa. That's cool.

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    Well, I've met Håkon Bleken. Sort of a favorite, when it comes to that kind of art.

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    I met a bunch during the Illustration Master Class last summer. Donato Giancola, Dan Dos Santos, Greg Manchess, Julie Bell, Boris Vallejo, Rebecca Guay and Scott Fischer. It was really cool having those guys looking over your shoulder for a week and giving you pointers and encouragement. Not to mention that every one of them was super nice.

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    outside of those at comic cons, my favorite artists are either dead or way too introverted and antisocial

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    all the mb guys,dos santos,brom,michael hussar,shawn barber,marc taro,steph laberis...hmm,i think i'm missing someone...
    who i'd like to meet? alessandro barbucci,jamie hewlett,giger,juanjo guarnido,hmm and possibly some guys from marvel i can't remember (aside marko).

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    Some of my favorite artists were my professors: Gary Burnley, Swietlan Kraczyna, Anthony Apesos, Jim Dow, Carl D'Alvia, David Austin, Nan Freeman, Flip Johnson...

    each one a great teacher and artist.

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    James Jean at the Kindling show in New York.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriciaS View Post
    Would have loved to have met Frazetta
    Don't bury the man before he's dead.

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    i have some people that i keep track of (stefan sagmeister, jonathan barnbrook, chipp kid,
    mario lombardo, chuck palahniuk, haruki murakami, etc.), but i honestly don't know, what i
    should talk about with them - i rather just enjoy their work.

    also i don't want to diminish the artwork by knowing / having met the artist.

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    @ sin-d: I'm planning to get to next year's Illo Master Class... they sound awesome!

    The only one of "that" level artist I've spent any time with was Tim Hildebrandt... we met through a common friend and I visited his house/studio a couple of times. What a great person... super nice and always willing to talk with aspiring artists. It's a damn shame he died kinda young.

    Oh yeah, I also met Darryl K Sweet briefly at a book signing.

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    I met Brom a number of years ago at a Con and Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld (not that rob is a fav, just sayin) at a signing years before that. Oh, I also ran into Mark Kistler at an art store once. That's it so far....

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    I've met Michael Whelan a few times, as he lives in the same state. Mostly at book signings, but once he came into the art store I was working at at the time. I don't think he was expecting to be recognized in a more every day capacity.

    Dan dos Santos was kind enough to meet me for a couple drinks (he's also local to me, and we have friends in common).

    Got to meet a bunch of people at the Art Out Loud events a few weeks back. James Gurney, Greg Manchess, Charles Vess, Donato, not to mention a bunch of other big names just hanging around. It was kind of funny to see someone like Boris just hanging around (probably one of the first artists whose work I followed at a really young age).

    I've spoken with Todd Lockwood through email and Facebook several times, and I'll agree he's incredibly approachable and friendly.

    Hopefully I'll get to meet many many more at Illuxcon next month.

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    Probably not names that ppl will know, but personal idols in my art world. The one that stands out to me is Karen deJong, because I felt like that was a bit of a missed opportunity on my part (too star struck!). What an amazing artist, and incredibly humble and nice person! Unfortunately she was heckled a little by some of the tw**s in the crowd and hasnt been back to the convention since... hopefully one day yet I will meet her again...
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    Yup... Wellington Workshop for CA.org... Was walking behind a few people outside of the venue... Before seeing what they looked like I asked "So you're on the CA.org forums, right?" They give a confused, 'wtf'd "Uh... yeah", then I ask what their usernames were, and one of them turns around and says "Oh nobody, uh... Jason Chan".

    It's hilarious now, looking back on it But at the time I was on the brink of /facepalming.

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    Lots of people at CCAD have met C.F. Payne and John Jude Palencar. Still, finding yourself in an impromptu conversation with those guys is just a little bit cool.

    And I'd like to meet Art Adams.

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    I want to meet wesburt :> probably will happen the next time they have a workshop in the south or maybe the west. (USA)

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    also i don't want to diminish the artwork by knowing / having met the artist.
    ??? how so? Like if they turn out to be a prick or you embarrass yourself or something? There's only one guy that jumps to mind who I was underwhelmed with enough in meeting to have it make an impact on how I saw his artwork (let's face it, most are pretty cool, or at least friendly, but some really can be jerks), and even then I didn't really much care.

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    Guy and Hannah Aitchison @ the Richmond Tattoo Festival(not on the same visit though, I haven't seen them together yet). I had a hard time moving from their booth, meeting them was an honor. Both are awesome artists and Hannah was open to convo and inquiries about her work. Guy's style and writings pretty much influenced me to be more confident about being creative and varied when it comes to the use of color in all mediums, also alerting to common mistakes that I had been comfortable making for years. Watching Hannah pretty much made the process look effortless and easy to me in areas where I might have mentally strained for no reason. Maybe not so much these days, but 6-7 years ago when you went to a convention it was easy to tune out the sea of repetitious sailor styles, satan worship themes, candy collages, and occasional portrait pieces to see one of their booths in the distance working on something bright, colorful and definitely interesting. I can't leave out Michele Wortman or the time I saw John Clue working beside Guy's booth, I'm just an Aitchison fan I guess.

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    If i did i would have met ElWell before now... but not yet - But at least he hasnt gotten a restraining order!

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    So far I´ve met Marko Djur & Andrew Jones, here at the madrid comic con last year.

    Looking to met Bobby Chiu and Syd Mead, to name a few, I´d really like to met Richard Schmid in the future. ^^

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    > ??? how so? Like if they turn out to be a prick or you embarrass yourself or something?

    i don't want to see them pick their nose, or having a weird face - stuff like that.

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