A Chat with audre at the Digital Art Show

“Dragon*Con’s digital art show is one of a kind for genre fandom,” said audre, the digital show’s director. Located in Artist Alley (Marriott Imperial Ballroom), “get art the way you want,” is the slogan for the program. The show within the art show offers digital art in a variety of media: glossy canvas, glossy Light Jet, matte Light Jet, and metallic Light Jet as well as full color T-shirts and mousepads.

Light Jet is a $150,000 printer that prints in “RGB” (red-green-blue). This process allows bright, accurate reproduction of digital art with a greater color spectrum and vibrancy than traditional paint, inkjet, or offset printing. Longevity is an added benefit of the pieces that are rated at 100% for 60 years. The metallic Light Jet offers a lustrous, mother of pearl effect which is not available anywhere else. Light objects in a picture glow and shimmer as light plays over the metallic print.

The digital art show offers true “print on demand.” Items ordered by noon on each convention day through Sunday may be picked up on the same day by 5:00 p.m. Monday orders will be shipped to the buyer with a $10 fee for all but T-shirts that are shipped for free. After Monday, the Dragon*Con web store will offer digital art all year long. Art fans should look for an announcement next month.

TR Digital is the official printer for the digital art show with Atticwear.com providing T-shirt printing. Atticwear is raffling a Carrara 3.0 studio, a 3D modeling and professional rendering system. No purchase is necessary to enter at Atticwear’s Exhibitor’s booth (No. 301) in the Marriott Marquis ballroom.

Interested in learning more about digital art? audre has released her book Digital Art for the 21st Century. The book is available at the Renderosity booth in the Marriott Marquis ballroom and at Chimera Publications in the Dealers’ Room. audre is scheduling signings at both locations.

Author of the article

Amy L. Herring (Louise Herring-Jones) writes speculative fiction, with a preference for historical fantasy and alternate mystery. Her stories, appearing in fourteen anthologies, include “The Poulterer’s Tale” in God Bless Us, Every One—Christmas Carols beyond Dickens (Voodoo Rumors Media, 2019). Amy is a NaNoWriMo co-municipal liaison. She also coordinates the Huntsville (Alabama) Literary Association’s writers’ group. Visit her online at http://www.louiseherring-jones.com.