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Guest Artists

We have a terrific line up of special guest artists presenting, doing demos or exhibiting their art at JerseyFest 2020! Stay tuned for more announcements

 Jeff Yagher




Daniele “Danko” Angelozzi defines himself an artisan 2.0, working in the field of 3d modeling and digital sculpting. His career starts 15 ten years ago, when, after a phD in biotechnology realizes that he wants to work with his real passion, creativitiy and design, and starts a self taught path to learn 3d from scratch. In a few years, thanks probably to his greatest talent (luck) he becomes the first italian zbrush certified instructor and manages to turn his crazy passion into a real job, with clients paying for him to play with digital clay all day long. Nowadays Danko makes a living out of “modeling stuff and creating silly things” mainly for collectibles, statues and kits, and teaches zbrush and scultping on online classes and in workshops. To see more of Danko’s work please click here


Jeff Camp

By day Jeff Camp is an art director at a design studio in the suburbs of Chicago specializing in packaging, branding, logos and print collateral. By night he is a painter, sculptor, photographer and anything else to fill his creative needs. Jeff has done master paint work for Sideshow collectible, Hollywood Collectibles group and many other companies. He also accepts private commission work from collectors. He specializes in life sized pieces also. Jeff is a contributing writer for Amazing figure modeler magazine and has instructed painting classes at various conventions






Troy McDevitt

Troy started his sculpting career sculpting custom wedding cake toppers in 2003, up until 2007. Being a lifelong comic/sci-fi/fantasy nerd, he slowly made the transition from wedding cake toppers, over to superhero and monster sculpts for various garage kit companies and private collectors. Eventually his sculpts caught the attention of some collectible companies, and he began getting commissions with well-known entities such as Bowen Designs, Sideshow Collectibles, XM Studios, ARH Studios, ReelArt Studios, Super7, etc..

After doing commissions for misc. companies, GK producers and private collectors, his focus has once again shifted to that of creator-owned properties (along with his business partner/best friend), which they have been working on for several years, and will begin debuting later this year. 

Troy’s other passion moving forward is teaching new, up-and-coming sculptors the tips, tricks and techniques that were shared with him when he first started off. And that brings us to this class. It doesn’t matter if you’ve done fifty sculpts, or zero, this class will have something to offer everyone.

At the start of the class, Troy will go over some of the basics of getting started on a sculpt, before giving the attendees the concept they’ll be working on (to be revealed during the class). Once that’s been announced, everyone will get started, and the remainder of the class will be both a demonstration of misc. tips and techniques, and walking the room, so that he can assist everyone attending with any questions or issues they may have throughout the day. You’ll leave with a finished, or semi-finished statue that you’ll be able to take home and paint, or mold and cast so you can make copies to sell, or give away.

Click here to see pictures highlighting Troy McDevitts work.


Saul Alvarez

Saul Alvarez is a professional painter who has been building/painting model kits for over 20 years including hundreds of commissions.

In the past, he has written for Amazing Figure Modeler Magazine and Kitbuilders Magazine.  Saul also painted life-sized dinosaurs for a company that provided them to museums. He has conducted numerous demos at hobby shows and won many contest awards at Wonderfest, Chiller, etc., including gold and first place awards.

View Saul’s online portfolio.





Rick Cantu

Rick Cantu

Rick Cantu is a writer for Amazing Figure Modeler Magazine in the US and Game Forces magazine in Spain. He has been painting creatures and monsters for approximately 35 years.  Prior to picking up his first airbrush, Rick specialized in painting gaming miniatures and small kits by hand, but once he painted his first 1/6th scale resin kit, he was hooked.  After winning awards for his paint work, Rick was asked to join the staff of Amazing Figure Modeler magazine in 2002, and has been doing painting articles, teaching classes and doing professional commission work for collectors and companies ever since.  His artistic philosophy is “Live Long, Laugh Often, Paint Much!”  Rick tries to learn something new every time he picks up his brushes and airbrushes.  You’re never too old or too good to learn new things.  He is always inspired by a great paint job, be it on a motorcycle tank, a car hood, or a 3D creature. 

Click HERE to see pictures highlighting Rick’s work.



Jim Capone

Jim Capone

Jim Capone has written for Kitbuilders Magazine and Modeler’s Resource Magazine.  He has painted award winning buildups, and is a full-time art teacher. Those who have seen his jaw dropping work know how lucky we are to have him.

View Jim’s Web Site









John Dennett

John’s Dennett has been a professional and commercial sculptor for 30 plus years.  Beginning in the hobby industry in 1982,  he created hundreds of original creatures as miniatures for use in Role Playing Games.  Since then, his work has been a part of the gift, collectibles and toy markets, sculpting as well as designing characters from a wealth of different genres.  John wil be showcasing and selling his kits at Jerseyfest!







Kevin Derken

Kevin Derken is a classically trained artist turned model maker and painter.  His unique style has been published in Hobby Japan and Model Graphix and has graced the cover of “The Weathering Magazine”.  Kevin shows his work at fine art galleries and has won multiple awards at model shows around the world, including winning the “KOW YOKOYAMA AWARD” (Best in Show) at the Maschinen Krieger Showcase 9 in Tokyo, Japan in November of 2013.  His blog is frequently updated with pictures of his work.

Click here to see samples of some of his amazing work.




Jason Eaton

Jason Eaton is an extraordinarily talented model maker and painter who is known across the hobby for his stunning, large scale models that often recreate many of the most memorable space ships, mechs and other vehicles from classic Science Fiction films and T.V such as Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Bladerunner, etc.  See a blog that showcases many of his beautiful pieces by clicking here.



John Ficchi (aka “Vince Vell)

John Ficchi is a professional figure model painter and statue customizer who is well known for his incredible work on comic book characters, females, and modifications to prepainted statues.  He also has produced many terrific model painting and building tutorials. You can see one of John’s many painting tutorial’s on his YouTube page.






Greg McKellar

Greg first began painting monster models with Aurora’s Frankenstein and for years built every figure model the company came out with, no matter what the subject.   He eventually began taking painting lessons from a local Grand Master.  At the time he painted primarily with oil paints on small historical figures and won numerous awards.  Greg eventually discovered the Garage Kit world and dropped the historical miniature sector for his love of all things creepy and monstrous.  Since then, he has won several model contest awards (including several golds at Wonderfest) and written numerous instructional model painting articles.

Click here to see pictures highlighting some of Greg’s work.


Steve Neisen

Steve Neisen is a very well respected creator of some of the very best resin kits in the world.  He specializes in large scale, studio accurate models with the focus on famous ships and vehicles from Star Wars and Star Trek.  He and his team at Nice-N Model Designs research the actual filming model subjects and replicate them down to the smallest details.  At the 2016 show, Steve will be displaying and selling some of his most stunning pieces at JerseyFest as well as doing  presentations on model making and painting tips.

See a video showing one of Steve’s incredible model creations,”The Klingon Bird of Prey”, by clicking here.


Michael Salzo

Michael Salzo is a hobbyist turned pro model builder, specializing in large and unique Sci-Fi scratchbuilds and kits.  He’s a renowned painter, pattern maker,  and mold maker/caster in the Garage Kit Industry.  He’s also done incredibly elaborate model making work for major US theme parks and collectible companies, specializing in replicas of Sci-Fi filming models.  Using mostly traditional model building techniques such as those used in the movie model shops of the 70′s and 80′s (e.g., Industrial Light & Magic Studios, Lucas Arts), Michael has recreated many iconic subjects from those era’s,  including but not limited to recreating near exact models of the studio miniatures.  Michael is one of the most renowned vehicle model makers and painters in the garage kit hobby and has created many incredible studio  scale models of spaceships from franchises like Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica.  He does professional model construction and painting for numerous clients.

See examples of some of his amazing models by clicking here.


Sean Sides

Sean Sides is a professional model builder well known for his accurate recreations of Sci Fi filming miniatures. His works include the original Battlestar Galactica and Star Wars filming miniature replicas. This includes large scale models like the 6 foot Galactica, 3 foot Basestar and ½ Scale 66” TOS Enterprise. Through extensive research and references, he meticulously reproduces all the original details, nuances and weathering of filming miniatures. Sean was the principal model maker for a Sci-Fi TV pilot called “Orbital Broadcast One”, collaborating with industry artist Andrew Probert. He has been a guest at numerous conventions including the World Science Fiction Convention, StarFest, Wonderfest, and Galacticon IV.

See examples of some of Sean’s amazing work by clicking here.


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