The Call for Entries for Spectrum 24 is now open!
This is an invitation to all professional and student artists, art directors, publishers and artists' representatives to submit entries to the 24th Annual Spectrum International Competition for Fantastic Art. All artworks in all media embracing the themes of science fiction, fantasy, horror and the surreal are eligible for this show. Fantastic art can be subtle or obvious, traditional or off-the-wall, painted, sculpted, done digitally or photographed: There is no unacceptable way to create art, and there are no set rules that say one piece qualifies while another does not. Imagination and skill are what matters. Work chosen by the jury will be printed in full color in the Spectrum annual, the peer-selected "best of the year" collection for the fantastic arts. Click here to submit.
Spectrum 23 Artist Complimentary Copies Mail This Week!
We have received our Spectrum 23 books at the Flesk Publications warehouse. We have begun to mail out the artist complimentary copies. Every artist whose work has been selected for inclusion into the book receives a free copy of the hardbound edition. Thanks to everyone who submitted and for being a part of Spectrum!
Spectrum 23: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Coming Soon!
Spectrum 23 is being delivered to our trade distributor early next week when they will immediately begin shipping this title to the stores. Spectrum 23 is on schedule for its official mid-November street release date!
Announcing the Spectrum 24 Jury!
The Spectrum 24 jury is comprised of a five member panel of some of the most exceptional artists working in the industry today consisting of Christian Alzmann, Laurie Lee Brom, Mark Newman, Victo Ngai and John Picacio. "I'm absolutely thrilled with the jury we have brought together for Spectrum 24," shares Spectrum director, John Fleskes. "I invited this quintet based on their outstanding work in the field. Furthermore, each has a shared passion for digital and traditional methods and they are well-versed on a wide range of contemporary fantastic art. Also of importance is that they all give back to the community through sharing online, teaching or in other ways. These five are extraordinary people in the industry who will do a superb job making the selections for inclusion into Spectrum 24."
Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2017 Accepting Exhibitor Applications!
Exhibitor registration for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live which will be held in Kansas City, MO on April 21-23, 2017 is now being accepted. For more details, please visit the SFAL website here.
Spectrum 24 Call for Entries Poster Artwork by Justin Gerard!
Preeminent painter Justin Gerard was selected by John Fleskes to provide a new illustration for the Spectrum 24 Call for Entries poster. Gerard captured the steps when making the painting which he has shared in an informative post on Muddy Colors. You can read it here.
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Terryl Whitlatch interviewed by John Fleskes during the Spectrum 23 judging event on February 27, 2016 in Santa Cruz, California.
David Palumbo interviewed by John Fleskes during the Spectrum 23 judging event on February 27, 2016 in Santa Cruz, California.
The Spectrum 23 judging event was held at the Flesk Publications offices on February 27, 2016 in Santa Cruz, California. Watch highlights as the five member jury--comprising of David Palumbo, Cynthia Sheppard, Kirk Thatcher, Charlie Wen and Terryl Whitlatch--reviewed the Spectrum entries during the daylong event.
Kirk Thatcher interviewed by John Fleskes during the Spectrum 23 judging event on February 27, 2016 in Santa Cruz, California.
Cynthia Sheppard interviewed by John Fleskes during the Spectrum 23 judging event on February 27, 2016 in Santa Cruz, California.