Illuxcon

The Artful Collector: IlluXCon 7 Convention Report

Well, I’m home from the front lines, back from the “trenches” filled with Imaginative Realism – and the reunion was an unqualified success!  I say “reunion” because IlluXCon (IX for short) feels just like that, attracting the same fans, collectors and artists, year after year.  With just enough “newbies” in all categories to make the convention feel […]

The Artful Collector: IlluxCon 7 “The Prequel”

It seems like only yesterday (in fact, it WAS only yesterday) that I turned in the last of my postings on the 72nd Worldcon: LonCon3 . . . and here I am (along with dozens of artists) gearing up for the next. IlluXCon 7 (IX for short).  Which will be a totally different convention experience – […]

IlluXcon Roundup: Interview with Iris Compiet

The story is about a little princess whose parents want her to marry a prince, but all the princes are just not very interesting to her, they are nice but there’s no spark… and that’s when she falls in love with another princess.

Interview: Milivoj Ćeran, Fantasy Illustrator

“Hello, My name is Milivoj Ćeran, I live in Zagreb, Croatia. I’m a professional illustrator specialized in fanastic art.” Q: What made you want to be a fantasy illustrator? A: “That idea was in my mind since I was kid, but the first „real“ idea was while I studied at academy of fine art. I’ve […]

The Artful Collector: Are Conventions Good Places to Find Art? (Part 3)

Throughout the 1990s, while weekend antiques and craft fairs, and even Ren Faires, were drawing tens of thousands of attendees each weekend, SF cons were still deliberating the good of “one day memberships” and advertising in local newspapers.  SF cons added video games, showed movies, invited author celebrities.  Didn’t help. What Happened? The rising cost […]

The Artful Collector: Living in Interesting Times

May you live in interesting times.  So goes the curse…. Last year at IlluxCon, a convention devoted purely to the buying, selling and showing of painted art – I overheard a young artist saying to another how he yearned to learn how to use “traditional media” – but he just didn’t have the time.    […]