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Having moved away from the Triangle two and a half years ago, we weren’t able to make it back for SPARKcon the past couple of years. It was quite nice to be able to get out of dodge this weekend, visit with best friends, and hang out at SPARKcon again.

Sarah and I decided to participate in the artSPARK street painting activities again and do a “Birthday Totoro” to celebrate her birthday. You can check out the progression of our chalk square below.

Below are some additional images from the festival featuring more of the street painting squares, live music, circusSPARK, and more!


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SPARKcon 2011

Spark Banner

Despite the suboptimal weather, my wife and I had an awesome time at SPARKcon once again!

Street Painting

This year for our street painting square my wife and I decided to draw a googly-eyed hermit crab! Check him out below…
Hermit Crab 1
Hermit Crab 2

Also, Raleigh, NC is home to many incredibly talented graffiti artists, and to be able to watch their process live on the street was a real treat. We saw Sean Kernick, Victor Knight, and many others creating graffiti artwork on the sides of trucks for graffitiSPARK.

For geekSPARK, we entered Fragment Labs to check out all things GEEK! Mainly this was of interest to me, and not my wife, however I was able to try out some locally developed video games and had a lot of fun. One in particular stood out to me and I ended up getting it for my iPhone. That game was Sushi Boy, and you can find it here for free.

Friday night we saw part of the comedySPARK events at Slim’s. There were various talented stand-up artists performing, including one of our friends. The night was full of hilariousness and good times.

All in all, my wife and I had an excellent time at SPARKcon even though our parade was rained on a little bit. If you are interested, please take a look at last year’s SPARKcon blog entry too!

*Our hermit crab looked kind of like a Metroid before we filled him in with detail…
Hermit Metroid

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SPARKcon 2010 Pictures

Hello All,

Just wanted to share a few pictures from this year’s SPARKcon.

There were many interesting things to see to quench our thirst for the arts this year. Including but not limited to artSPARK, musicSPARK, circusSPARK, designSPARK, photoSPARK, filmSPARK, etc. My wife and I drew our dog on Fayetteville Street for the Street Painting Festival. Below you can see some of the sites.

Finished Drawing





Fire Jam





Street painting

Street Painting

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SPARKcon Raleigh, NC

Greetings Blog Readers,

Just wanted to share some information on this wonderful event in Raleigh, NC called SPARKcon! Starting (today) September 16 through September 19 downtown Raleigh will have a giant celebration of creativity, and this year is the 5th annual SPARKcon. The different SPARK categories consist of: art, music, bazaar, film, circus, tasty, cyber, idea, fashion, poetry, graffiti, dance, design, theatre, kids, and fireSTARTERS. With all sorts of exhibits, performances, screenings, workshops, contests, and showcases, you will not want to miss SPARKcon!

This year, my wife and I decided to participate in one of the artSPARK events, the Street Painting Festival. We reserved a square on Fayetteville St. and are looking forward to creating a fun image of our dog Kasumi. Last year we were mainly observers, which was a total blast, but we really wanted to participate this year. There are so many awesome creative outlets to check out it is hard to see everything. You could spend a full day just looking at the Street Painting Festival.

The Raleigh City Museum will be hosting the designSPARK exhibit. I’ve really been looking forward to this, designSPARK is a newborn flame this year and I certainly hope it will be around to stay. The designSPARK offers coverage of Architecture, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Furniture Design and Landscape Architecture. Being into graphic design, I am mainly looking forward to that aspect of the coverage, but it all sounds interesting to me.

Another SPARK I’m interested in checking out this year is filmSPARK. They’re holding an interesting competition called the 48 Hour filmSPARK Challenge. Working for a film/graphic design production studio, naturally I should be interested in this. I worked with a group as a cast member in a short film this summer and the productions’ time frame was about 2.5 weeks, and I thought THAT was a tight schedule. I can’t imagine having to plan, shoot, and edit a production from start to finish in just 48 hours. I honestly can’t wait to see what these guys came up with.

If any of you out there know me, or read my blog much, then you should know about my passion for MUSIC, and of course the fact that I am excited about all the performances lined up for musicSPARK! Check out the lineup and come see a performance or two (or even more). There’s something for everyone!

If you need a little help finding out where to begin, the SPARKcon website has put together a nice highlight schedule for today.
Thursday’s Highlights

Below you can find some photos from last year’s event, this year however I plan to get many more photos and with a much nicer camera 😉

Street Painting

*Our friend won the gameSPARK/Gears of War competition and a new HDTV!

A Barrel Monster

Street Painting