Jake Parker

Jake Parker is the founder of the famous Inktober challenge, which has grown into a world-wide phenomenon. Being an illustrator, writer, and teacher, he has worked on everything from animated films to comics to picture books. He has lived in six states, working at studios such as Disney, Marvel and Warner with the most amazing and talented people in the country. Jake is also the co-founder of the Society of Visual Storytelling that teaches people how to become a professional illustrator like himself. 

Speaker: Even Amundsen

Even Amundsen

Even Mehl Amundsen is a freelance concept artist from Norway who has worked for studios like Karakter, Ubisoft, Blizzard, Riot, Axis Animation, Blur, Guerilla Games, Wizards of the Coasts, Volta Studios and many more. Besides that he has been working on his own world shown in TEGN. He travels a lot, teaching what he has learned in workshops and giving advice to newcomers.

Speaker: Peter Han

Peter Han

Peter Han hardly needs an introduction here. He is one of the best art teachers you can find, passing on his vast knowledge to students worldwide and thus building the next generation of Concept Artists. He wrote a book on the Dynamic Sketching approach and is a member of Kim Jung Gi’s infamous SUPERANI group. Peter helped Carbon Black get off to a flying start by teaching our very first workshop in May, 2019. 

Speaker: Hector Moran

Hector Moran

Hector Moran is a Mexican Freelance Character Artist based in Graz, who specialises in the creation of miniatures for AAA companies. He has worked on projects such as Fortnite, Street Fighter, Ghostbusters, Darksiders and Biomutant, for which he created the massive Atomic Edition figurine, which was also displayed at the Gamescom consumer fair in 2019.

Speaker: Florian Satzinger

Florian Satzinger

Florian Satzinger is a Character Designer based in Graz who has worked for clients such as Walt Disney, Warner Bros and Red Bull. He has won the Nemoland Award for Character Design in 2009 and is also showcasing his work in exhibitions like “Welcome to Duckland“ and “Of Critters, Ducks And Dragons” at venues such as Gipsoteca dell’Istituto d’Arte di Firenze, Ars Electronica Center and Campus International de Cannes. Florian also took on the role of Art Director and Director for a cartoon production, starring his own characters John Starduck and Toby Skybuckle.

Speaker: Fatemeh Haghnejad

Fatemeh Haghnejad

Fatemeh Haghnejad is an Iranian illustrator based in Oslo, who creates artwork for games, books, magazines, and advertisements. She illustrated the cover image of ImagineFX Magazine’s January edition. Fatemeh comes from an artistic family and gained much of her inspiration from her grandfather, who was a poet, painter and actor. She’s worked on books such as Ronja the Robber’s Daughter and has created illustrations for the Firestarter magazine and the first edition of Hardcover.

Amber Huang

Amber Aki Huang is a Visual Development Artist working for Dreamworks TV. She is currently located in Burbank, CA, and has worked for Netflix, Glow in the Dark Studios, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and more. Her whimsical style evokes a feeling of nostalgia and tranquillity, which is accentuated by her soft brushstrokes and colour choice.

Speaker: Pauline Voß

Pauline Voß

Pauline is a freelance Illustrator based in Berlin, who currently works for Riot and Wizards of the Coast (Magic the Gathering). Her roster also includes clients such as Marvel and Valve and her work has been displayed at the LUMI exhibition in Los Angeles in 2019. Pauline loves impossible colours and finds inspiration in moonlight, myths, music and and the occult. 

Live demosPortfolio reviewsDiscussion panelsEvening activities

People who attend the CBAF receive a 10% discount on our future 2020 workshops.

The Art Festival will be postponed!

The Art Festival had to be postponed due to the coronavirus crisis (SARS-CoV-2). The event is not canceled as such, we will find a new date as soon as the situation has calmed down. At the moment it is still too unpredictable to decide on a new date, which is why we will wait a couple of weeks before we make any new announcements. The venue and program of the event remain unchanged, and we will try our best to keep our current line-up. We cannot guarantee that the same speakers have time, in which case we will find similar replacements. 


You can request a 100% refund once the new event has been announced. At the moment we are working very hard on setting up a new event, which is why we kindly ask you to refrain from sending us refund requests. Once the new date and lineup has been announced, refund requests will be accepted over the course of four weeks.

We will keep you in the loop about the situation and we will let you know as soon as possible when we have decided on a new date.


Discount codes still apply. If you have used a discount code when you bought a ticket, it is still valid. Also, if you have a discount code and you haven’t purchased a ticket yet, the code will still be valid in the future. This also applies to the three 100€ discount codes which you can win at our Art Contest on Instagram. The deadline for the contest has been extended till 1st of April.

What is the CBAF?

Learn, connect and take your art career to the next level!

The Art Festival is a 2-day education and networking event for artists in the entertainment industry. It is a place to learn new skills from well known professionals and to get personal advice about your art and career during portfolio reviews. Each speaker paints live on stage during our live demos and shows you how they apply certain techniques in their daily work. You can watch them draw, ask them questions and learn from their experience. The live demos and portfolio reviews make up the largest part of our program and there will be no sponsored talks.

Our 2 discussion panels are an addition and tackle topics which are important for your career, health and life as an artist. Our speakers share their thoughts and feelings on stage and give you valuable tips. This is an interactive format, so you can ask questions and participate in the discussion! In the evening we have dinner together, get to know each other more and reflect on what we have learned during the day.

The language of the event is English.

Preliminary Schedule (subject to change)

Day 1

Time Program
9:00 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:15 Opening Ceremony, Announcements
10:15 – 11:45 Artist Demo
11:45 – 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 – 13:30 Artist Demo
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch break
14:30 – 16:00 Artist Demo
16:00 – 16:15 Coffee break
16:16 – 17:45 Artist Demo
17:45 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 19:00 Discussion Panel: Mental Health

Day 2

Time Program
9:00 – 10:30 Artist Demo
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 – 12:15 Artist Demo
12:15 – 12:30 Coffee break
12:30 – 14:00 Artist Demo
14:00 – 15:00 Lunch break
15:00 – 16:30 Artist Demo
16:30 – 16:45 Coffee break
16:45 – 17:45 Artist Demo
17:45 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 19:00 Discussion Panel: Finding Work as an Artist
19:00 – 19:15 Closing Ceremony

Portfolio reviews take place during the live demos. They are 15 minutes long. Everyone gets a specific slot so that you know in advance when you have your review.

Portfolio Reviews

Our speakers give you individual feedback and career advice during our review sessions. Each review session takes 15 minutes and is scheduled. You will know beforehand when you have a session, so no need to chase artists and wait in lines for hours! In order to give our speakers preparation time and ensure that everyone gets a review, we ask you to apply for a slot before the event. You can apply for up to 3 reviews. The application will open soon.

Live Demos

Our speakers draw live on stage for 1,5 hours, explain their techniques and share their experience about the industry. You can ask them questions at the end of each session.

Discussion Panels

Our speakers discuss the topics live on stage, share their experience and answer your questions. The first discussion is about Mental Health: burnout, crunch time, art block, anxiety, imposter syndrome and more. The topic of the second panel is Finding Work as an Artist. Our speakers give advice on portfolio preparation, job interviews, how to start a freelance career, salaries and more.

Who is this Event for?

Illustrators, Concept Artists, Visual Developers, 3D Artists, students, art enthusiasts and anyone who wants to learn new skills, get career advice from industry professionals and connect with like minded people.

Fields our speakers work in:

Video Games


Board & Card Games

Movies/TV series

Children’s Books


Comics & Magazine Covers

Personal Art

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Location: Graz, Austria

Graz ist the second largest city of Austria. It is known for its beautiful old town and great local cuisine and is a UNESCO City of Design since 2011. It is home to several large universities and has a rich cultural and literary history.

Dachlandschaft by Erwin Scheriau

Venue Address

Anton-Kleinoscheg-Straße 66A
8051 Graz

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