SoonerCon 28 Event Schedule

SoonerCon Event Schedule

SoonerCon 28 is June 7-9 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Plan your SoonerCon weekend now by clicking on a guest profile to see their appearance schedule or download a PDF of the event schedule using the buttons below.

Friday, June 7, 2019 1:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma A2

Portrait Painting Demo

Portrait painting made easy, using an opaque projector technique. Join Oklahoma artist and teacher Terry Southard for this hands-on paint & take. Supplies provided, limit 11 participants. (2 hours)

Panelists: Terry Southard

Tracks: Art

Tags: Workshop

Friday, June 7, 2019 1:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma A3

Drawing Sci-Fi/Fantasy Characters, for Fun!

Draw along as Mike (mikeyzart) shows you his approach to drawing your own science-fiction and fantasy characters in a relaxed and fun environment. For all skill levels – as long as you can operate a pencil, you'll have fun! Beginners will enjoy creating their own characters, and advanced artists will learn a few more tools and ideas to put into their maker kit. Participants will draw many characters within the hour, so come prepared to have a good time and leave with lots of new ideas. Supplies provided, limit 24 participants.

Panelists: Mike Kloepfer

Tracks: Art

Tags: Workshop

Friday, June 7, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner B

Here Be Dragons and Art

Dragons appear throughout legend, myth, and fairy tales from around the world and in art throughout the ages. Visual creators analyze the forms of these creatures in different cultures, as well as today's various sf artistic expressions of the ultimate fantastic beast.

Panelists: Caleb Haldane, Mitzi Bartlett, Brenna Deutchman, Rachael Mayo, Sir William Rothmeyer, Scott Zrubek

Tracks: Art

Tags: Panel

Friday, June 7, 2019 3:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A

New Ancestral Myths

Writers, artists, and editors discuss recent works which combine characters from ancient myths with modern themes, situations, and aesthetic trends in order to create stories about today's concerns with mythical resonance. What do they actually say about ourselves in the current moment?

Panelists: Mel. White, Lou Antonelli, Carolyn Kay, Michael R. Martin, Caleb Masters

Tracks: Writing & Publication, Art, Comics

Tags: Panel

Friday, June 7, 2019 4:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma B1

Open Coloring/Crafting

SoonerCon kids crafting and coloring.

Panelists: Heroic Inner Kids

Tracks: Kids, Art

Tags: Kids, Make and Take

Friday, June 7, 2019 4:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner B

The Future of Art In the Digital Age

With point-and-click applications and the ability to download any image in the world, how will art evolve in the future? What are the primary differences between traditional media and digital artwork that collectors are looking for? Can digital art be considered fine art?

Panelists: Scott Zrubek, Mitzi Bartlett, Julie Dillon, Chaz Kemp, Eric Osborn

Tracks: Art

Tags: Panel

Friday, June 7, 2019 4:00 p.m. | Location: University B

How to Paint Your Dragon: Demo

Award-winning artist W.J. Hodgson demonstrates acrylic-on-canvas fantasy painting.

Panelists: W. J. Hodgson

Tracks: Art

Tags: Art Demo

Friday, June 7, 2019 5:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma A2

Stuffed Animal Make & Take

Kids and adults decorate, stuff, and finish fun stuffed animals. You take your new friend with you! Ages 6+. Children should be accompanied by parent. Scissors and needles will be used at participants' own risk, instructor supervision provided. (Two 30-minute sessions. Limit 11 participants per session. $15 materials fee.)

Panelists: Brenna Deutchman

Tracks: Art, Maker

Tags: Workshop

Friday, June 7, 2019 5:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner B

Thrifty Revisions: Adding SF Genre Elements to Thrift Store Paintings

Artists insert genre elements or monsters into reclaimed paintings and prints. Final works are up for sale in the Charity Sale and Auction. (Paintings provided.)

Panelists: Peter Pixie, Tim Chessmore, Angela Lowry, Rachael Mayo, Ann Shelby, Allison Stein

Tracks: Art

Tags: Art Demo

Friday, June 7, 2019 8:00 p.m. | Location: University B

World Peace Through Chocolate Art Reception

Award-winning SF/F artists host a viewing of the region's largest SF/F art show. Light desserts provided. (2 hours)

Panelists: Chaz Kemp

Tracks: Art

Tags: Reception

Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:00 a.m. | Location: Boomer B

Creating Vector Line Art

Learn tips and tricks on getting great line-art results for the vector format. This panel features digitally drawn line work in comics and similar art media. Creators offer simple methods to improve your line-work game for creating quality, impacting character and scenic images.

Panelists:

Tracks: Art

Tags: Workshop

Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:00 a.m. | Location: Sooner B

Live Figure-Drawing Studio

A beginner's guide to human anatomy for figure-drawing, with emphasis on proportion, scale, and symmetry. Bring your sketchbooks and tablets!

Panelists: Phillip Hollecker, Kent Clark, Mrs. Fae, Robert Mullens, Raiva, Allison Stein

Tracks: Art

Tags: Workshop

Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:00 a.m. | Location: University B

Artwork Matting Demo

Photographer Blair Bartlett offers this introductory demonstration on basic matting techniques for displaying your art-show finds. This method is usable for prints, photographs, and similar artworks. (90 minutes)

Panelists: Blair Bartlett

Tracks: Art

Tags: Workshop

Saturday, June 8, 2019 11:00 a.m. | Location: Oklahoma G

Craft Isn't a Four-Letter Word

There is nothing wrong with being crafty! We will discuss separating hobby crafts from fine crafting, as well as making the leap from amateur to professional. Come defend your passion! A non-judgement zone for crafters and creators.

Panelists: Peri Charlifu, Tim Chessmore, Chelsea Haldane, Rubiee Tallyn Hayes, Heather Johnson

Tracks: Art, Maker

Tags: Panel

Saturday, June 8, 2019 11:00 a.m. | Location: Sooner B

Re-Covered Books, for Charity!

Artists create a new book cover for books in our charity collection. Books and their custom covers will be available for sale in the Charity Sale. (Books and cover paper provided.)

Panelists: Sherri Dean, Jerry Bennett, Julie Dillon, Kevin Hopkins, Johnnie Johnson, Harold Neal

Tracks: Art

Tags: Art Demo

Saturday, June 8, 2019 Noon | Location: Oklahoma A2

Digital Art with MS SurfacePro

Create breathtaking paintings without all the mess. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to use tools in FreshPaint for Windows 10 to create paintings and original drawings using lifelike oil and watercolors, pastels, and more. You’ll also get a sneak peek at advanced digital art skills like mixing paint and layering media. Workshop designed for ages 8+. Limit 11 participants.

Panelists: Microsoft Store

Tracks: Gaming, Kids, Art

Tags: Kids Activity

Saturday, June 8, 2019 Noon | Location: Oklahoma A3

Basic Leather Care

In this class we will discuss what it means to be a bootblack and learn some beginner steps on working on leather. We will cover the basic shine process, and how to care for clothing. Learn what a basic kit includes, to be able to do almost any leather.

Panelists: Sir William Rothmeyer, Rubiee Tallyn Hayes

Tracks: Art, Costuming & Fashion, Cosplay

Tags: Workshop

Saturday, June 8, 2019 Noon | Location: Sooner B

Developing Fantasy and Sci-Fi Art Ideas

Quick tips for creating your own inspiration! Panelists provide dozens of ideas and starter prompts for artists to use, the next time they just can't think of anything to draw. Bring a notebook as we share these brainstorming ideas.

Panelists: Jan S. Gephardt, Hazel Conley, Chaz Kemp, Rachael Mayo, Melanie Unruh

Tracks: Art

Tags: Workshop

Saturday, June 8, 2019 Noon | Location: University C

Why Godzilla Matters

A conversation with Matt Frank, kaiju comic artist, about why Godzilla and the giant-monster genre is important and not just meaningless schlock.

Panelists: Matt Frank

Tracks: Pop Culture & Entertainment, Film & TV, Fandoms, Art

Tags: GoH

Saturday, June 8, 2019 Noon | Location: Oklahoma A1

Polymer Clay Make & Take: Fairy Door Pendant

Participants will create their own miniature polymer clay fairy door pendant. After the workshop, the items will be baked and returned within two hours (pick up in the Art Show room). All tools and materials provided, including a handout for later reference. This workshop is geared for adults and teens. $10 materials fee, which include a handout reviewing the workshop and including tips on variations. Limit 12 participants. (2 hours)

Panelists: Mitzi Bartlett

Tracks: Art, Maker

Tags: Workshop

Saturday, June 8, 2019 1:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner B

The Art Robotic

From mechs and jaegers like Optimus Prime, Hal 9000 to Johnny 5 to Bubo to Bender, Maschinenmensch to Mars rovers to Robby the Robot and R2-D2, how awesome is it to draw robots? Celebrating one of sci-fi art's all-time favorite subjects and the techniques artists use to bring them to life.

Panelists: Jerry Bennett, Kent Clark, Teddy Harvia, Kevin Hopkins, Terry Southard

Tracks: Art, Comics

Tags: Panel

Saturday, June 8, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: University B

Top Priority: Self-Care for Artists

If you want to be a productive and happy artist, you have to take care of yourself! If you’re not healthy, happy, well-rested, well-fed and hydrated, your work will suffer. Our panel discusses things to do to make self-care a part of your daily routine!

Panelists: Rhonda Eudaly, Sir William Rothmeyer, Allison Stein

Tracks: Art, Business & Marketing, Health & Wellness

Tags: Panel

Saturday, June 8, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma G

Inside the Artist's Studio

Presentation and Q&A with SoonerCon 28's multiple award-winning artist guest of honor, Julie Dillon.

Panelists: Julie Dillon

Tracks: Art

Tags: GoH

Saturday, June 8, 2019 3:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner B

Brand Development for Artists

Even the best artists need a "brand." Get tips from others and learn how best to brand yourself for fun and profit, while remaining true to your style.

Panelists: Peri Charlifu, Jerry Bennett, Brenna Deutchman, Teddy Harvia, Rubiee Tallyn Hayes, Melanie Unruh

Tracks: Art, Business & Marketing

Tags: Workshop

Saturday, June 8, 2019 4:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma A1

Drawing Dynamic Figures for Comics

Time to show your comic's characters to the world. This demo by artist Eric Osborn will show figure-drawing techniques for comic books.

Panelists: Eric Osborn

Tracks: Art, Comics

Tags: Workshop

Saturday, June 8, 2019 4:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner B

The Muse, the Artist, and Everything!

What motivates us? How do artists become inspired? Is there really such a thing as “The Muse”? Lets talk about what makes us create art, and how we come up with the ideas that fuel our creative passions.

Panelists: Jan S. Gephardt, Blair Bartlett, Julie Dillon, Teddy Harvia, Rubiee Tallyn Hayes, Mike Kloepfer

Tracks: Art

Tags: Panel

Saturday, June 8, 2019 6:00 p.m. | Location: University C

Art/Charity Auction

Come bid high and often at the art and charity voice auctions!

Panelists: Ken Chalker, Travis Nance

Tracks: Art

Tags: Charity Fundraiser

Sunday, June 9, 2019 10:00 a.m. | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Fountain

Coffee and Coloring

Bring your coloring book and colored pencils or markers, and join us for coffee. We'll offer some tips and techniques for a cleaner or messier look while you relax and color.

Panelists: Kimber E. Chessmore, Hazel Conley

Tracks: Art, General Interest, Kids

Tags: Meetup/Networking

Sunday, June 9, 2019 Noon | Location: Sooner B

A Gentle Suggestion: Peer Review and Critique Session for New Artists

Artist attendees may bring one or two pieces for critique. Our pro artists will give you feedback on your work. This is a safe zone, and all critique will be gentle and useful!

Panelists: Peri Charlifu, Julie Dillon, W. J. Hodgson, Angela Lowry, Rachael Mayo, Melanie Unruh

Tracks: Art, Business & Marketing

Tags: Workshop

Sunday, June 9, 2019 12:15 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma B1

Open Coloring/Crafting

SoonerCon kids crafting and coloring.

Panelists: Heroic Inner Kids

Tracks: Kids, Art

Tags: Kids, Make and Take

Sunday, June 9, 2019 1:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma A1

Basics of Body Art Workshop

Costumer and artist Vanessa Green demonstates how to apply body paint by hand or by airbrushing, including blending, contouring and shading, applying evenly, making it last, using different types adhesives for prosthetics, makeup removal, plus what products to get and where to buy them. Live demo with presentation. Limit 15 participants.

Panelists: Vanessa Green

Tracks: Art, Cosplay

Tags: Workshop

Sunday, June 9, 2019 1:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner B

Thanks, I Hate It: Artists' Horror Stories

Being an artist is not all sunshine and art openings! Even the best have their haters and detractors. But some unfortunate comments and feedback can be funny as hell! Have a good chuckle at our expense, and drop by to hear some artist horror stories.

Panelists: Scott Zrubek, Tim Chessmore, Kent Clark, Johnnie Johnson, Mike Kloepfer

Tracks: Art

Tags: Panel

Sunday, June 9, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma A1

Concept Art in Motion

Chaz Kemp prompts attendees with ideas to draw, getting 15 minutes to draw whatever comes to mind. "I make sure to point out that there is no judging from me and they don't even have to show the art to anyone. It's for the pure pleasure of drawing in a judgement free environment. Once the 15 minutes is up, I give them a different concept to draw."

Panelists: Chaz Kemp

Tracks: Art

Tags: Workshop

Sunday, June 9, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma A2

Spinning Wheel Tutorial

Okay, so how does wool become yarn, and what all can you make from it? Join fiber-arts experts for this interactive demonstration and resource share for beginners on using a spinning wheel. Limit 11 participants.

Panelists: Chelsea Haldane, Guthrie Art Center Spinners

Tracks: Maker, Art

Tags: Workshop

Sunday, June 9, 2019 3:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner B

Art of The Long Game: Maintaining Momentum and Not Giving Up

It’s easy to be super motivated when your art business is brand-new. But keeping momentum is hard, with the setbacks and problems that every artist faces. Our panel of artists share strategies that will keep you focused and productive!

Panelists: Jan S. Gephardt, Peri Charlifu, Tim Chessmore, Brenna Deutchman, Julie Dillon, Dan Erickson

Tracks: Art, Business & Marketing, Health & Wellness

Tags: Panel

Sunday, June 9, 2019 3:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma A1

DIY Armature for Clay Sculpting

Scupltor and painter Harold Neal demonstrates his unique method for low-cost armature builds to make your clay creations come to life! Supplies provided, limit 15 participants.

Panelists: Harold Neal

Tracks: Art, Maker

Tags: Workshop

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