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Chroma Connect bringing creative leaders to Wellington next month


News from Chromacon
Chromacon New Zealand Indie Arts Festival’s flagship creative industry summit – Chroma Connect – partners with Massey University and Weta Workshop to bring the third instalment of its industry development series to Wellington this June 8 – 9.

Following Chromacon 2019 (1-2 June, Auckland), a celebration of the best homegrown illustration, comic art, animation, videogames freely open to all art-lovers, Chroma Connect continues the momentum to focus the growth of our creative industry. Through a full day Creative Symposium (8 June) and three Masterclass Workshops (9 June), the summit paints a big picture view of the ever-changing interconnected worlds of technology, arts and

This year’s move from Auckland to Wellington, inspired by Chromacon 2019’s Major Industry and Education Partners Weta Workshop and Weta Workshop School at Massey University, follows up on the popular Industry of Imagination symposium.

Paul Tobin of Weta Workshop and founder of Industry of Imagination states: “[As a] longtime fan of ChromaCon, we are super excited to be supporting ChromaConnect here in Wellington. If you are an artist seeking inspiration and industry expertise, this is the event you cannot miss!”

Chroma Connect 2019 speakers feature prolific international and local creators of illustration, comics, animation, video games, concept design, mural art and more – sharing valuable past experiences, present insights, and future plans. Chroma Connect delves into the process of creating imaginary worlds, engaging narratives, immersive experiences, developing original IP, growing audiences and building sustainable creative practices.

The full day symposium (8 June) will feature talks and discussion panels from international guests: Cloud Yang & Clover Xie of Wolf Smoke Animation from China ( Valley of White Birds, Batman of Shanghai, Overwatch: Doomfist Origin Story ), renowned painter, illustrator and muralists Jeff Soto and Nate Frizzell from the United States, and senior concept designer Andrew Domachowski based in Canada ( Black Swan, Star Wars, Aquaman, Deadpool 2, Gears
of War 4 ).

Local speakers include Game Director Greg Broadmore and Lead Designer James Everett from Weta Workshop/Magic Leap – creators of the mixed reality game Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders , prolific Kiwi comic artists Li Chen ( Extra Ordinary ), Eisner winner and 2019 nominees Katie O’Neill ( Tea Dragon Society, Aquicorn Cove ) and Rachel Smythe ( Lore Olympus ).

On Sunday 9 June, Chromacon will host three masterclass workshops tutored by leading international creators of fine art, illustration, mural, and concept design at Te Ara Hihiko, Massey University:
● Painting Experiments with Jeff Soto (supported by Weta Workshop School at Massey
● Memorable Character design for Film and Video Games with Andrew Domachowski
(supported by Weta Workshop)
● Creative Expressive Portraits that Feel Alive with Nate Frizzell (supported by Takapuna
Art Supplies)

Attendees will experience an intimate, hands-on learning environment delving into creating memorable characters, visual storytelling, unique styles, creative techniques and artistic expression.

For the full Symposium Programme, visit: connect.chroma.nz/symposium
More about our Masterclass workshops, visit: connect.chroma.nz/masterclass

Chroma Connect 2019 is proudly supported by Weta Workshop School at Massey University, Weta Workshop and Takapuna Art Supplies.