Thursday, December 29, 2011

White Cloud Worlds' Xmas Card

This year I finally had enough energy and time to get round to working up a Xmas card. I always loved Norman Rockwell's and Leyendecker's covers for the Christmas editions of the Saturday Evening Post and so decided to work that style with a more contemporary superhero santa.

Enjoy and a happy new year :)

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I often start with just a painted thumbnail and enlarge and detail from there.

One of Leyendecker's covers for inspiration and design ideas.

Blooom Art Fair Cologne Germany

The same weekend that we were running our first booth at Armageddon Auckland, Paul trekked half way across the globe to run a White Clouds Booth at the prestigious Blooom Art Fair in Cologne. It was a huge event with some 35,000 visitors over 4 days. Highlight photos below :)

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Armageddon Auckland 2011

The 'White Cloud Worlds' booth at Armageddon in Auckland this year was a big success! A big thanks to Bill Geradts for hosting us. The booth looked great with all the art prints generating a lot of interest and really drawing people in. The painting demonstrations were also a drawcard and saw a constant stream of people coming through the booth all day. We met some really nice people and viewed some really promising portfolios. Thanks to everyone who visited us! And to top off the coolness of the weekend we also got to meet Frank Cho. Roll on Labour Weekend next year and Auckland Armageddon 2012.

Kate, Stuart, Stephen, Claire, Ben and Star Guest Frank Cho
Stuart and Ben working working...

Ben working on the live painting demo.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Armageddon Auckland

October 28-31st, 2011

Come and meet some of the talented artists from the award winning art anthology ‘White Cloud Worlds’. And even better,  watch them work!  For the first time at Armageddon, artists from ‘White Cloud Worlds’, an anthology of sci-fi and fantasy artwork from New Zealand will be demonstrating their craft.  Illustrator Stephen Crowe (freelance illustrator, formerly of Weta Workshop) Claire Hackett, (freelance illustrator currently working at Weta Digital) and Ben Wootten (Wizards of the Coast,  Blizzard, formerly Weta Workshop), Stuart Thomas (Weta Workshop) among others will be on hand to answer questions,  review your portfolio and share some of their knowledge.  Copies of the ‘White Cloud Worlds’ book, limited edition art prints and postcards will also be on sale.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Comic Con 2011

The biggest event on the convention calendar is almost here! Comic Con 2011 starts in San Diego next week. This year a number of artists from 'White Cloud Worlds' will be attending. Editor Paul Tobin along with Claire Hackett, Stephen Crowe, Greg Broadmore, Jeffrey Lai, Rebekah Holguin, Jeremy Bennett and Stuart Thomas will all be there. We are pleased to be hosted at the Weta stand. Let the fun begin!

Thanks to Zia we managed to catch up with an old friend who was doing his own book signing! GDT kindly wrote the forward to our book as well :)

New friends from New York

The Weta Stand Team - thanks Weta for hosting us!

Attack of the crazed fiancee

Possibly the coolest costumes I saw.

Andy Serkis dropped by to say hi...

More new friends, Bill Carmen, Arnie and Cathy Fenner of Spectrum Fantastic Art and Donato Giancola

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

White Cloud Worlds Wins Award

Paul, Claire and Frank attended the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand's annual convention in Auckland on Sunday.  It was a real whirl-wind affair with a couple of quick talks and panels then straight into the banquet and awards before leaving back to Wellington at 5am.

The great news is that White Cloud Worlds was nominated for Best Production/Publication 2011 and we won - hurrah!!! Frank also picked up an award for his cover illustration of Tymon's Flight, so it was a real success all round.

Paul would like to thank the artists, Kate and Harper Collins for their continued support and the SFFANZ committee for the nomination and putting on such a fun event.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Armageddon Wellington 2011

Armageddon Expo rolled into Wellington this weekend and a few of the artists headed down for a signing session at  the Unity Books stall on the Saturday. This was probably the busiest Wellington Expo ever and we were kept busy scribbling for the two hours we were there. We even got a chance to gift a couple of copies to John Rhys Davies (Gimli) and Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck BSG) which was cool!

 A big thank you to Cameron and Matt at Unity Books and Bill at Armageddon!

Stu Thomas (barely awake) Christian Pearce, Paul Tobin, Claire Hackett, Dylan Coburn (Cameron and Matt Unity).

Saturday, March 5, 2011

WCW Weekend at the Dowse

The 'White Cloud Worlds' weekend hit the Dowse this weekend for artist workshops, one on one artist portfolio review sessions and an artist in residence afternoon. Thanks again to Leanne and the team for a great event. And of course to all the artists who gave up their weekend to help out! The exhibition has been a huge success for the Dowse, everyone from the local primary school to the Waterloo Probus club (retired ladies in their 70's) have raved about it. It is sure to be just as well received at other spots around the country!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

James Gurney Endorsement!

Happy New Year! And what better way to kick off 2011 than with an endorsement from the legendary James Gurney of Dinotopia fame. He has given 'White Cloud Worlds' a plug on his own blog, check it out here:
You should also check out his two latest books which explore his techniques and process :