Ringling is great about getting amazing artists from a lot of different fields in the entertainment industry to present, and Tom Scholes, a successful concept artist is no exception to this. I was excited about his presentation mostly because he did concept and cut scene art for Guild Wars 2. I love the concept work for this game and have played it for more hours than I would like to admit.
Here's an example of some of his work featured in game. This is featured as a backdrop during a cut scene for the story quest element of GW2.
And here's one of his concept pieces for the game.
Tom's presentation was actually one of the best I've seen. He's a very charismatic guy, who had a lot of energy and was great at engaging with the audience. Sometimes, artists who present are amazing artists but not great at public speaking, it was nice to see someone who excelled in both areas.
I also learned a lot from the demos Tom gave. I'm very familiar with photoshop, but the shortcuts and workflow methods Tom showed us pretty much blew my mind. He walked us through his process for creating a piece, and told us about his life as a freelance concept artist. He also went over his history and how he got to be as successful as he was. All in all, the presentation was a great experience and very informative.