I am sorry that only a modicum of accomplished artists gave one class with a limited number of students, thus denying the opportunity to some of us to be exposed to different techniques.
The half day classes that took place at the Denver botanical gardens were reduced given the
bus ride of 30 minutes to the venue from the hotel. Not a good idea!
However....Miami, we shall be there for more inspiration!
What I like most about the two ASBA conferences I have attended is seeing all the wonderful and inspiring work by the members. There are several ways you get to see these great works: through the member small works show, portfolio sharing, the techniques showcase, and during classes. Portfolio sharing is by far my favorite. You get to see new and exciting works, new media and get to talk to the artists who created it. Here are some examples:
I took two color pencil classes, both taught by great teachers: Susan Rubin, of the Denver Botanical Garden illustration program, taught a class on color pencil on Mylar. She was very patient, demoed and explained the process well. Though I do not want to give up paper, Mylar presents some interesting advantages: it is quick, fully erasable, and the drawing can be worked from both sides of the sheet! I think I will work with it in the future.
Ann Swan teaching.
The conference was inspiring, so hello to Miami in 2015!