Original Artwork Prizes & Drawings, Free Portfolio Reviews, and Demos at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live

The Illustration Academy will be attending and presenting at the 2017 Spectrum Fantastic Art Live show in Kansas City, MO. This years event has a stellar lineup of attending artists. We are proud to call a number of the attending artists our instructors. This year, the following 2017 Illustration Academy instructors will be in attendance: Edward Kinsella, Jeffrey Alan Love, George Pratt, Bill Sienkiewicz, Bill Carman, and Jon Foster.

We will be hosting a number of events at our booth (#133) as well as continuing our tradition of hosting figure drawing on the top floor of the nearby, Aladdin Hotel. 

Batman and the Joker by Bill Sienkiewicz.

Batman and the Joker by Bill Sienkiewicz.

This year, a number of Illustration Academy instructors will be attending the three day show. We look forward to collaborating with our visiting instructors during the event. A number of our visiting instructors have generously committed to raffling off a number of original drawings, paintings and sketches. It will be free to participate in the Illustration Academy Artwork Raffles. To be eligible to win, attendees must be present at the drawing.

A soldier by graphic novel artist, George Pratt.

A soldier by graphic novel artist, George Pratt.

During the weekend, attendees will be invited to visit our booth to view demos by internationally acclaimed artists such as Jon Foster or George Pratt. In addition, a number of our 2017 visiting instructors will be providing one-on-one portfolio reviews to attendees free of charge. This will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. Portfolio reviews will be delivered by iconic artists such as Jon Foster, George Pratt, and Bill Sienkiewicz.

A number of our artists will also be signing illustration Academy posters and other printed copies of their work. 

Spectrum is easily one of our favorite events of the year and we're looking forward to seeing a lot of old friends and new. Please don't hesitate to stop by our booth any day of the event to speak about your work or our program!

Weekend access to the show is $15.



3:00 pm
Jon Foster Portfolio Reviews at Illustration Academy

4:00 pm
Jon Foster artwork signing at Illustration Academy booth #

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Jon Foster Illustration Prize at our booth

10:00 pm - 1:00 am (HOSTED AT ALADDIN HOTEL)
Late Night Life Drawing sponsored by the Illustration Academy: Late Night Life Drawing on the top floor of the Aladdin Hotel. Free hors d’oeuvres while they last and cash bar. Models will be nude: this is intended for artists with a mature sensibility. Minimum age requirement is 18. Attendance may be restricted due to space limitations. Sponsored by the Illustration Academy.


11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Portfolio Reviews by comic book artist Bill Sienkiewicz

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
George Pratt Demo

2:00 pm - 2:15pm
Bill Sienkiewicz Free Illustration Prize (must be present to participate and receive prize)

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jeffrey Alan Love, George Pratt, and Edward Kinsella artwork signing

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Original George Pratt artwork prize drawing

5:00 pm - 5:50 pm
Education = Careers (Programming on the main floor behind the East booths)
John English, Bill Carman, George Pratt, and Jon Foster discuss the various education options and opportunities that can help students improve their skills and achieve sustainable careers in the arts.


8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Spectrum 24 Awards Ceremony
Hosted at the Folly Theater, 300 W 12th St Doors open at 7:00pm; the ceremony begins at 8pm and includes performances by Voler–Thieves of Flight. Comedienne Maeret Lemons serves as Master of Ceremonies. The awards show is open to exhibitors and all ticket-holders.


11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Portfolio reviews by Illustration Academy Instructors (REVIEWING ARTISTS TBD)

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Illustration Prize Drawing (ARTIST TBD)

About SFAL
SFAL was launched in 2012. It is an internationally recognized show that uniquely places the spotlight on the artists and students. Placing an emphasis on diversity and education opportunities, the event brings students, art directors, studios, working illustrators, and major organizations together. This strengthens connections, the industry, and the art community.  There is also a notable emphasis placed on the rapidly growing impact digital tools have had on the arts. 

Timmy Trabon