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Vertex 2019 to be bigger and better

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Carrie Mok

Tickets for our CG event are on sale now

This year 3D Artist teamed up with 3D World and ImagineFX to host the first-ever Vertex event in March 2018, bringing the CG community together for an action-packed day of practical inspiration and networking opportunities.

We are delighted to announce that we will be returning to the Olympia, London on Thursday 8 March 2019 for Vertex and it’s going to be even bigger and better than ever before.

Vertex 2018 saw the likes of Scott Ross, Chris Nichols, Brett Ineson, Sébastien Deguy and many more share their industry wisdom with attendees.
Next year will see an equally impressive selection of experts descend on the Olympia to share hands-on advice, tips and talks. The expo floor will increase its size to accommodate even more stands from industry stalwarts, open to anyone with a free or AAA ticket.

A new area dedicated to 2D-themed talks will make its debut, as curated by ImagineFX, with key advice to help you take your work to the next level, regardless of your chosen medium. There will also be a devoted arch viz area in which the top agencies and artists will discuss how they construct the best architecture in the business, also revealing some of their cutting-edge techniques.

We’re also adding a life drawing session and a new sketch wall for you to go wild with your creativity and interact with other attendees to help you boost your art skills

The main auditorium will once again host the day’s keynote sessions, hosted by an array of leading creatives and industry veterans. They will provide unique insights into the tools of the future and dissect the very best in effects. Meanwhile a carefully curated selection of practical workshops and masterclasses will see CG artists teach the very latest skills.

Our first announced speakers include:
• Stephen Tappin, art director at ILM & Jason Horley, supervising art director at ILM
• James Reid, head of effects and CG supervisor & Benoit Leveau, head of pipeline at Milk VFX
• Danny Sweeney, character artist & Jas Dhatt, character artist at Creative Assembly
• Jama Jurabaev, senior concept artist
• Keely Colcleugh, CEO and founder, Kilograph

Our portfolio review sessions will be making a comeback, too. After this year’s sessions sold out in half an hour, we’re increasing the number of slots and making them longer, so that you can get all the advice you need to improve your employability. Whether you’re taking your first steps into the industry or planning a career move, these sessions are not to be missed. Our confirmed mentors taking part in our portfolio review slots include:

• Jodie Azhar, game developer, Teazlecat Games
• Shayleen Hulbert, freelance character artist
• Paul Cartwright, concept art principal & Stevie Cole, senior character artist & George O’Keefe, senior environment artist at Rare

Attendees will also be able to troubleshoot their technical and artistic woes one-on-one as Vertex’s hugely popular ‘Ask an Artist’ area returns.

We’ll be making more line-up announcements over the coming months so keep your eyes peeled on our website and social media!

As if all that isn’t enough, the CG Awards are back and the winners will be announced at Vertex 2019.

The awards will celebrate recent achievements in the world of computer graphics, from the lone freelance artist, to the biggest Soho studios.
The voting was open to the public, who decided two nominations per category to be given to an expert team of judges who will decide the ultimate winners.

So what are you waiting for? Ticket sales for Vertex 2019 are on sale now. AAA tickets will cost just £49, granting access to all the festivities and five rooms of talks. Student tickets are also available, granting the same access as the VIP.

There are also free tickets available for the expo floor and sponsored talks.