Browse our diverse range of rooms and activities on day two of Vertex. 

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Vertex will be host to a captivating programme of talks presented by leading experts and veteran creatives in the industry. From high-end projects to the latest software developments across a variety of mediums, you’ll hear from the makers of tomorrow’s tools and delve into the future of effects in the main auditorium. 


The world’s leading artists from the VFX, concept art and illustration industries are on hand to give you insight into how they work and create. You’ll learn new techniques in a variety of mediums and come away from these talks inspired to create your own work. Rooms include the Polygon room, the Pixel room and the Render room. We'll be joined by Karla Ortiz, Lois Van Baarle, ILM, Even Mehl Amundsen, Izzy Burton and many more!


Construct quality designs, learn cutting-edge techniques and hear from the top agencies and artists creating the best architecture in the business.

Ever wondered just how they do it? Visit the Artist Demonstrations area where established artists will draw or paint right there and then. They'll be taking questions if you have any. 


We have a plethora of design companies including Ftrack, Warhammer and Huion at the conference so if you're interested in their newest products or job opportunities make sure you give them a visit.  

Drawing figure and form is the foundation of any artist's creative toolkit. At Vertex, you can follow along a life drawing class taken by a professional artist. We'll provide the model, lights and setting.  All you need to do is pull up a chair, bring your sketchbook or tablet and start creating.
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We'll be providing a wall for you to get creative on! In between the workshop sessions you can sketch and scribble to your heart's content on our dedicated doodle walls. You can collaborate with friends, new people you meet or just do your own doodles.
If you’re after your first step into the industry or your next big career move, then you can’t miss our Portfolio Review sessions! In our 20 minute sessions you’ll learn hands-on advice for improving your recruitability from recruiters and artists, as well as essential tips on how to boost your showreel and stand out among the crowd. Bring your laptop or preferred smart device and get instant feedback! 


After a day of learning, some much needed unwinding is needed. We're providing drinks at the botanical drinkery Pergola along with A3 boards so you can squeeze out any remaining creative juices. Whether you're Picasso with a Peroni or Da Vinci with a Diet Coke you'll be catered for! 


Artist Demos
10:00 AM - 11:00 AMDigital Drawing Demo
11:30 AM - 12:30 PMDigital Drawing Demo
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMDigital Drawing Demo
2:30 PM - 3:30 PMDigital Drawing Demo
4:00 PM - 5:00 PMDigital Drawing Demo
Exhibition Area
11:00 AM - 12:00 PMLife Drawing Session
2:00 PM - 3:00 PMLife Drawing Session
4:00 PM - 5:00 PMLife Drawing Session
Framework Room
10:00 AM - 11:00 AMPositive Change
11:30 AM - 12:30 PMNeuroesthetics: Where Science Meets the Art of Visualization
3:00 PM - 4:00 PMA Random Series of Surprising Coincidences?
4:30 PM - 5:30 PMImproving Design Through Visualization Technology
Main Stage
9:30 AM - 10:30 AMA Storied and Varied Life
11:00 AM - 12:00 PMCharacter Lab
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMPassion First, Career Second
2:30 PM - 3:30 PMOnward! Look Development and Stylization with RenderMan and NPR
4:00 PM - 5:00 PMThe Magic of VR Storytelling
6:00 PM - 8:00 PMNetworking Drinks
6:00 PM - 8:00 PMDrink & Draw
Pixel Room
10:00 AM - 11:00 AMCharacter Design Workshop
11:30 AM - 12:30 PMStar Wars Concepts in VR
1:30 PM - 2:30 PMStorytelling for Animation and Beyond
3:00 PM - 4:00 PMThe Innovation of Dreams for PS4
4:30 PM - 5:30 PMHow To Get a Job at ILM: Portfolio Tips and Guidelines
Polygon Room
10:00 AM - 11:30 AMMaking a Monster
12:00 PM - 1:00 PMArtist Liberation - Katana Look Development and Lighting
2:30 PM - 4:00 PMThe Content Creators Toolbox
4:30 PM - 5:30 PMDemystifying Maya's Node Editor
Portfolio Reviews
9:30 AM - 10:30 AMPortfolio Review: Maya Jermy
9:30 AM - 10:30 AMPortfolio Review: Mike Griggs
11:00 AM - 12:00 PMPortfolio Review: Claire McClaughry
11:00 AM - 12:00 PMPortfolio Review: Izzy Burton
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMPortfolio Review: Even Mehl Amundsen
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMPortfolio Review: Claire McClaughry
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMPortfolio Review: Anthony Gregson
2:30 PM - 3:30 PMPortfolio Review: ILM Concept Art Team
4:00 PM - 5:00 PMPortfolio Review: Anthony Gregson
4:00 PM - 5:00 PMPortfolio Review: Ant Ward
Render Room
10:00 AM - 11:00 AMBringing Visual Effects to Motion Graphics
11:30 AM - 12:30 PMMaking ‘Coffee Run’; a Short Character Animation Film Using Cinema4D
1:30 PM - 2:30 PMThe Nitty Gritty of Digital Illustration
3:00 PM - 4:00 PMVFX Today