Breakaway Seminars

Breakaway seminars take place out of the main ballroom as a separate segment.
We have 50 spots available in our breakaways.
You will sign up at the conference if you would like to participate in a breakaway [VIPs get priority for breakaway signups].
Both the main ballroom and the breakaway room will be recorded for your replay, so whichever room you miss at the conference, you can still enjoy with the replay.


Some breakaways still to be announced...

DAY 4 Breakaway

This breakaway runs parallel to day four's studio management lecture in the main ballroom. 
Art room with Nick Baxter, Jake Meeks, and Alex Ellis
Similar to a convention drink and draw, before lunch on day 4, you'll have a couple hours to create art casually in the breakaway room and ask as many questions as you like to your instructors along the way. 
You'll have a digital design master, expert painter, and classical artist leading the room.
Work in any medium you prefer including digital. 
This breakaway provides #2 pencils, sketch paper, and tape, but feel free to bring your preferred supplies.



Life drawing workshop with Nick Baxter.
This breakaway will take place after lunch on day 4 and run until the closing speech of the conference.


Workshop Description:

More so than perhaps any other artistic medium, tattooing puts us in pressure situations faced with a wide variety of artistic requests, requiring versatility and the ability to problem-solve efficiently across multiple artistic disciplines.
Personal flair and stylization is highly prized in the tattoo world, and all such stylization starts with, and evolves from, how things actually appear in reality. Masters of unique style are in control of which attributes of reality to distort and why, which requires a solid foundation of classical art knowledge.
In today's impatient world, these skills are often overlooked. But unfortunately, trying to improve or troubleshoot artistic problems in our personal skillset becomes difficult when foundational artistic skills have been overlooked, forgotten, or fallen out of practice. The observational skills and rendering taught in this workshop are the foundation for all representational art.
Classical life drawing skills provide the structure that enables successful troubleshooting or identification of struggle areas, regardless of preferred artistic style.


Learning Objectives:

-Achieve accurate rendering of form through careful observation
-Learn the classical life drawing method, including measuring and plotting
-Practice accurate reproduction of geometric shapes, foreshortening, and ellipses
-Recognize light source and subsequent equations of shadow
-Recognize value of color by executing a tonal study (grisaille) from life.