Category Archives: 2016 Guests

Ric Frane

                                            Ric Frane

Some words from Ric:

I’ve been drawing and painting as long as I can remember. As a kid, I had painting lessons from a local artist. I went on to receive formal training at the York Academy of Arts and Antonelli Institute of Art and Photography. My interest in fantasy and horror art came when I first saw the work of Frank Frazetta. I realized that this was the style of art I wanted to get into. My own subject matter and style evolved into the fantasy and horror pin-ups you see today.

Using different mediums I try to create strong, sexy images of women in horror, fantasy, & related genres. I specializes in watercolor. But also use acrylic, inks, air-brush and photography. I draw a lot of inspiration from the models I work with, Asia DeVinyl, Tiffany Shepis, Natasha Yi, Rachael Robbins, Kerri Taylor, Aria Giovanni, & my wife, Wendy M. All these models have their own unique personalities and looks to help fuel the creative process. A certain look or pose will drive ideas that I hadn’t even thought of.

I’ve done illustration work for many books, magazines, games, & comics. I’ve been featured in several publications here and abroad. It’s great getting fan mail from around the world. Currently I live in Delaware with my wife, artist Wendy M. and son Jared. Wendy and I own a gallery in Wilmington.

Echo Chernik

Echo Chernik

 

 

Echo has over twenty years of experience as a professional commercial artist in the advertising field, and five years as an instructor of graphics and digital illustration at Pratt institute, Westchester Community College, Marymount Manhattan and Skidmore CCI. She specializes in art nouveau influenced poster design, adverisements, package design and bookcovers.

She is a traditionally trained artist – graduate of Pratt institute, Summa Cum Laude (presidents award for academic excellence). A traditional background in art focuses on skills such as drawing and painting as well as perspective and color theory. This allows the artist to translate their concept into whatever media best suits the job – resulting in a very versatile artist, who is not limited by any one medium.

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She is currently working out of the studio in Sammamish. When not illustrating, she also enjoys kick boxing, target shooting, volunteering in the community, baking and outings with her daughters.

Awards

SILVER 2011 ENnie Awards “Best RPG Cover” – Attitude
FIRST PLACE 2010 Origins Award “Best RPG Related” – Attitude
FIRST PLACE 2009 Origins Award “Best Contemporary” – Pie Cthulhu
SECOND PLACE 2009 Origins Award “Best Contemporary” – Queen of Hearts
THIRD PLACE 2009 Origins Award “Fans’ Choice” – Queen of Hearts
GOLD 2008 37th Annual Creativity Awards – El Conquistador
BRONZE 2008 Creative Shake Design Awards – Arlo Guthrie’s Lost World Tour
HONORABLE MENTION 2008 37th Annual Creativity Awards – Hype Girl 2
HONORABLE MENTION 2008 37th Annual Creativity Awards – Connecticut Operas
GOLD 2007 Create Magazine – The Spirit of Navigation
GOLD 2007 Create Magazine – Rocket Dog Shoes
SILVER 2007 Create Magazine – Tosca
GOLD 2007 Portfolios.com – Soot Sucks!
SILVER 2007 Portfolios.com – Tosca
GOLD 2006 Create Magazine – Hype Girl
GOLD 2006 Portfolios.com “HP’s Best Illustration” – Hype Girl
GOLD 2006 Portfolios.com “Gold” – Hype Girl
GOLD 2006 Aphrodisia “Best in Category – Pin-Up” – Hype Girl

Joe Sherlock

Joe Sherlock

 

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Indy Horror Film Maker

Award-winning indie horror filmmaker Joe Sherlock  is a veteran of over 30 feature and anthology films. Writing, directing, shooting, editing and scoring most of his own projects, Sherlock’s extensive body of work includes “Drifter,” “Blood Creek Woodsman,” “Bloodsucking Redneck Vampires” and “Twisted Fates,” which have been screened at festivals, conventions and cool theater pubs across North America. His work as director of photography for other indie directors include “Dead Ink,” “The Evilmaker” and “Platoon of the Dead.” An accomplished illustrator, Sherlock’s graphic novel “Demonized” was published in fall 2015. Cult movie expert Joe Bob Briggs comments, “Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Joe Sherlock, the writer/director/composer/editor, for doing things the drive-in way.”

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Vanessa Froehling

Vanessa Froehling 

 Clothing Designer

 

Growing up a competitive figure skater, big ‘dreams’ have always  been part of Vanessa Froehling. Born in Iowa and raised in St. Louis, MO; she later relocated to Oregon to make her Fashion  dream a reality.

Being a self taught designer and seamstress, she began her  career in 2004. Using inspiration from shape, structure, and color,  each of her designs focus on flattering every women’s body.  Vanessa’s creations bring a modern perspective to classic   silhouettes, and encourages the wearer to express their  individuality. Serving as a maker of identity, she views fashion  as the articulation of a lifestyle.

Her Ready to Wear label, Stitches by V; features Bamboo,  Organic Cotton, and Denim designs for women and men. These  designs have been shipped worldwide; and have even been  featured in television commercials, music videos, and several  runway fashion shows.

After winning the Evening Wear category at a fashion designer  challenge in 2014, it inspired her to launch of line of glamorous  gowns,  playful lingerie and swimwear, and even artistic costumes.

As a result, Fräulein Couture emerged.

Since its conception, designs have been featured on the cover of  Oregon’s, Eugene Weekly, published in fashion magazines, and have  been part of several art collaborations that later went on to be  displayed at Las Vegas’ Henry Mohney’s Erotic Museum. Her designs have also won 7 Fashion Awards, including the most recent Metamorphose Designer Challenge in April 2015, where she was the  winner of People’s AND Judge’s Choice for Swimwear, and was also the  winner of  People’s AND Judge’s Choice for Evening Wear!

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Nicole Brune

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 Fantasy Pin up artist and Illustrator

Nicole Brune is a traditional pin-up artist working in graphite, digital, and oil paint. Her new and different take on characters really got the attention of fans that refer to her as “the next Olivia”. Over the years, the requests and commissions have steered her pin-up art towards comic, fantasy and sci-fi themes. As the world turns digital, because of the intricate detail of her oil and pencil work, she is becoming the artist’s artist. Nicole is always happy to share advice and techniques with aspiring artists. Combined with her beauty on and off camera, as well as her friendliness and approachability, her fan base continues to grow exponentially!

Nicole is a frequent guest of comic cons around the country, and her works have been seen in Koncept Magazine, Married to Rock on E!, PlayboyTV, G4TV and more. Her pin-ups have been licensed for use on drum sticks, guitar picks, guitars, boats, shirts, vintage metal signs, stickers, posters and sold-out Limited Editions. She has designed tattoos, and cosplayers are even making outfits based on her unique takes on existing characters. Her newest full sized book was released at the end of 2014, and in mid 2015, her art was seen on the cover of Lady Death!

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Meghan Elle

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 Model, Make Up Artist, Stylist, Horror enthusiast

 

Meghan aka lady Elle is an alternative tattoo model based out of Sothern California. Her ethnic background, as she is commonly asked, is half Filipino and half Caucasian. Her career as a model was on  accident.  It began when she was the Make-up artist on a photo shoot set and was asked to step in front of the camera for a few shots. Not knowing what was in store for her.  Those few images launched her modeling career and the rest is history. Her life has changed dramatically, practically overnight.

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Anastasia Pierce

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International Fetish Model & Movie Producer

 

Anastasia was born in a small town in Switzerland and is currently living and shooting movies in Los Angeles, California. She never dreamed she would become one of the most popular fetish model and adult film producers in north America

She has modeled for hundreds of companies, magazines, TV shows and appeared in countless movies. Including on premium stations such as HBO, Cinemax and Playboy. Her work ranges from glamour, fetish, super heroine parodies to mainstream. For many years now, she has been producing her own very successful line of adult videos distributed all over the world.

and now Anastasia has crossed over to the Art world by teaming up with her partner, fantasy and pinup artist Lorenzo Sperlonga.

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Adam Gallardo

 Adam Kreutz  Gallardo – Author, comic writer

Adam is best known for his work writing comics, especially pertaining to the world of Star Wars. He lives in Oregon with his wife and sons. He’s the writer of Star Wars: Infinities – Return of the Jedi.   

Gallardo is also the creator of 100 Girls and Gear school Volumes 1 and 2. He crafted his writing skills at the Stonecoast MFA program in Maine, Adam’s debut novel Zomburbia was published in August of 2014 by Kensington Publishing company. Its sequel, Zombified, are both as you would expect Zombie saturated based stories.

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Charles Mason

Charles Edward Mason

Steampunk designer and Enthusiast / Reality TV contestant

Charles a Local Portland area resident, is a life long fan of steampunk. in case you are unaware

 Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy that incorporates technology  and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery

But now he is a known steampunk designer thanks to the new reality TV competition series Steampunkd’ that premiered on the GSN TV network this past August.  a pastry chef by day, Mason’s steady hand and passion for detail also play into his steampunk designs, utilizing materials of all kinds, including scrap metals and leather. He enjoys repurposing masks, props, ad even armor.