The artists booth will be open Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. John Avon will be available 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. each day, and Aleksi Briclot will be available 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. each day.
A concept artist and art director in the video game industry for nine years, Aleksi was lead artist on ColdFear, the horror-action game developed by DarkWorks for Ubisoft, then on Splinter Cell Double Agent, from the hit series and more recently on Haze (still Ubisoft) and Dungeon Runners (NCsoft). He also contributed on the Heroes of Might & Magic 4's trailer and the Prince of Persia 3 2005 E3's booth banner.
Also an illustrator, he is one of the main card and packaging artists for Wizards of the Coast (Magic: The Gathering, Dreamblade) and has drawn pieces for RPG books (hundreds of interior illustrations), magazines, and comics. He did covers for Mage, Vampire, C.O.P.S Rpgs, Tolkien, J.V.Jones, Bradley books, Horrorclix (Wizkids) packaging, Privateer Press, and World of Warcraft gaming cards.
As for comic books, his early works were the comics adaptation of the video game Alone in the Dark 4, then Spawn: Simony, the graphic novel for TMP which was the best-selling trade paperback in the US for May 2004. He had also taken part in the Legends of the Round Table, a comic book for the European market. He’s also a cover artist for Marvel on the Annihilation: Conquest saga and for Hellgate, another Dark Horse limited comic book series. He is also an instructor for the international ConceptArt / MassiveBlack workshops and you can find samples of his artworks in several international art books, fantastic and digital art anthologies. He won a silver award in Spectrum 16
John Avon is an Illustrator living in the United Kingdom and has been working professionally since 1983. He has illustrated hundreds of book covers for well know authors in many areas from Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror to History and Psychology. He has also worked on National Advertising Campaigns, CD covers, Game, Toy and TV Development.
Magic The Gathering has been a key element in his career and since Mirage, his artwork has been featured in almost every expansion of the game. John works primarily on environments, some very strange settings and the odd bizarre creature! He loves working for Magic as it gives him the freedom to constantly re-invent exciting worlds and stretch imagination to the limit.
For over a decade all his work has been digital, and John is a keen fan of using technology to its fullest potential. This summer his work will appear in the UK’s “Advanced Photoshop Magazine.” However his original roots are in traditional oil painting. He's currently accepting commissions on canvas as he returns to a classical approach. His intention is to move into the gallery fine art world and is working on an extensive personal project involving his musical and spiritual interests.
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