If you couldn't make it to CTNX .. or can't get enough of this event .. this post is for you. Enjoy!
Let's start with a quick look at the stellar setting.... The Burbank Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Close to Bob Hope airport and major studios. Here's the main entrance to the hotel...
The CTNX 2014 "Survival Guide" program (l) and hand-out (r)
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Also just outside the main entrance ... a quick snack buffet with an assortment of food and beverage options available for purchase. The on-site dining options at this show are exceptional .... reasonably priced and lots of healthy choices ... as well as full-service dining at Daily Grill.
CTNX really is "in the house" for this event ... this is a big hotel with lots of rooms and convention halls... all SOLD OUT and devoted to programming for this show.
INSIDE THE EXHIBIT HALLSArtist - Exhibitors set up at tables and booths ...in two areas ... Hall A (inside the main building) and Hall B (large tent just to the west of the main building)
Here's the map for Hall A and a sample shot of the interior...
Mike Yamada and Victoria Ying, Extracurricular Activities http://eca-la.com/
Liana Hee http://lianahee.tumblr.com/http://shomurase.com/
Pascal Campion http://pascalcampion.blogspot.com/
Jillian Altmeyer... Squidbrains https://www.etsy.com/shop/Squidbrains (pictured below right with her table mate artist Zac Retz)
some samples of Jill's art ..... Original art canvas
Sean "Cheeks" Galloway http://cheeks-74.deviantart.com/ Table Taffy http://table-taffy-studios.deviantart.com/gallery/
NOTE TO ARTISTS --- never underestimate your SMALLS!!! Postcards and buttons are great for conventions. They are easy to pack and become a great calling card. A catchy image also BRANDS YOU!! Make sure your contact info is included on all small items. Use the backs or sides of buttons. Feature your full first and last name ... not just your "company name" or a logo. And make sure the font is easy to read!!! If someone likes the image and wants to know who did it --- make it QUICK and EASY to find out.
Also, check out my post "Your Guide to Behind the Scenes at SNB" and link to this frequently updated post on Copyright Info for artists .. with resources to help fight unauthorized use of images posted on the internet: http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2014/07/copyright-info-for-artists_15.html
Hall B (west tent) ... more artists tables, studios and schools...
http://www.waltdisney.org/wong The line stretched outside the tent.
keeping it old school ... witty gifts for animators from artist Abby Lee http://derpberd.tumblr.com/
She has these amazing little magnets ... a play on 2D animation paper...
UK aritst Meg Park http://megpark.tumblr.com/
Hall C is an exterior tent in the parking lot,
facing the convention center, where more even more panels and programs are held...
Besides the exhibition halls and programs ... CTNX is known for its accessiblity to artists and guests. At various locations across the facility, there was almost always an artist signing going on ...Here are just a few samples of the number of signings ... and the level of top drawer talent on hand!!
CTNX is also known for its drop-in Demos and Workshops..
live 2D demo w/ projection..
Live computer demos w/ projections
drop-in drawing workshop w/ live models..
PANELS AND PROGRAMS
Panels ..... panels..... panels... something for everyone from students to pros. The largest programs were held in the main City Ballroom ... here's the entrance to that ballroom...
These programs were also projected onto screens in the hotel lounge areas.... what a nifty concept!!!
SNB at CTNXStuart Ng Books has been exhibiting at CTNX from the 1st show in 2009. We really appreciate our central space in the main lobby. Lots of natural light and nearly everyone walks by at some point in the show. A big SHOUT OUT to all our SNB crew! We have temp staff that helps out for big shows like this. WE LOVE YOU GALS AND GUYS. We couldn't do these cons .... and keep going as a small business ... without the support from colleagues and patrons! If you stopped by our booth, you might see yourself here in these pics....
Stuart can't get away from the booth to attend the panels ... but he gets to catch up with nearly all the headliner guests at the show. Below he's chatting with Andreas Deja...
MORE VIEWS OF THE SHOW
The vibe of this show is unique. So much animation talent and enthusiasm.
And so much to see all three days...
More sample CTNX activities and views .....
On Sunday .. the live model workship had an outdoor session ....
And of course, a big THANK YOU to all those CTNX volunteers in the distinctive yellow shirts! They provide great service for the attendees...
and act as "booth buddies" so artist/exhibitors can get a break from their table....
In pic below, CTNX guest artist Peter de Seve does an impromptu book signing for some lucky patrons who spotted him shopping at Stuart's booth.
More info on the show at the CTNX website... http://www.ctnanimationexpo.com/