Cocktail Party and Charity Auction 2014

On Thursday, July 3rd, RT SideQuest will host the third annual RTX SideQuest Cocktail Party and Charity Auction at the Radisson Hotel and Suites in downtown Austin. This year, thanks to a remodel of the Radisson’s ballroom that added over 600 square feet of space AND an awesome view of Lady Bird Lake, we have space for even more people to join in the party!

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In addition to the larger, more modern ballroom, we’ll also enjoy a revamped menu! The old TGI Fridays in the lobby of the Radisson has been dumped in favor of “chavez“, a new restaurant from Chef Shawn Cirkiel (Also responsible for “olive & june” “parkside” and “the backspace“). As part of that transition, the catering menu has been completely updated as well, and Garrett (aka toomuchghb), in his role as Food and Beverage Coordinator, has put together a great collection of dishes to feed everyone. Oh, and of course we’ll have PLENTY of cash bar stations!

We’d like to think that this year’s lineup of auction items is our best yet, but you’ll have to be the judge of that. We’ve got everything from custom drinkware to RWBY quilts. We’ve got amazing artwork and stunning statues. And we’ll also unveil the first SideQuest Signature Series (A continuation of the idea started with last year’s Project 10), RT Renaissance. Not in the mood to get in bidding wars and part with your hard-earned cash? Come out anyway and just enjoy the party! You never know who you might run into…

Since we like to keep the auction as a classy affair, we always recommend people dress up a bit for it. That means we get endless questions about what people should wear, and do a pretty terrible job of explaining the suggested dress code. But this year we’ve got you covered! The brilliant Ailsa Campbell (aka ailsarocks) wrote a whole series of posts for the Rooster Teeth is Fashionable group that we’ve archived and re-posted here on our site as “RT SideQuest is Fashionable“. There’s advice for both ladies and gents in there, so be sure to check it out!

Be sure to grab your tickets to the auction ASAP! Barbara is worried that you won’t be there and will miss out on all the fun!

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See you in a few weeks!

 

The SideQuest Signature Series: RT Renaissance

Last year, artists from the RT Community embarked on an incredible journey for the RTX SideQuest Cocktail Party and Charity Auction. 10 artists. 10 works. Each created to commemorate RoosterTeeth’s milestone decade, and burgeoning community. The Project 10 anniversary pieces showed what we loved, what made us unique, and what brought us together.

Initially done to celebrate a momentous time, it now marked the beginning of something very special and new from RT SideQuest: it was the start of what we’re now calling the SideQuest Signature Series. We hope that these themed collaborations with community artists will become a tradition for many years. A new year, a new series, a new theme, a new challenge; a challenge to create something that only this community is capable of. A chance to mark and remember each year, to meet more artists from around our world, and to help tell the story of our community. The journey is just beginning.

With that said, I’d like to introduce you to to this year’s SideQuest Signature Series

RT Renaissance

The internet has completely changed the way we live, and Rooster Teeth has paved a unique path through this virtual landscape by building a network of collaborative creativity, criss-crossing mediums, and valuing community.

Renaissance, translated, means “rebirth” or “revival”, and looking around the internet, what’s been achieved suggests we just might be in the midst of an online Renaissance. Our art is digital. Websites offer quick communication and discourse; communities and movements rise up through these social spheres.

Rooster Teeth has made a home for us all, by being based on a model of giving away most of their content for free. This year’s theme is an homage to RT’s role in this current online renaissance.

Artists from around the community have joined our mission to express what this era and our current time means, each crafting a unique work. Here is the list of artists we are very excited to have working on this year’s RT Renaissance project:

Maddie Kelly

Maddie Kelly is a 3rd year science major from New Zealand, who also happens to spend a lot of her time enjoying the internet and being an enthusiastic illustrator/fanartist. Inspired by the theme of the Rooster Teeth Renaissance, Maddie has produced an interpretation of Raphael’s famous fresco, “The School of Athens”

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Raphael’s “The School of Athens”

In the original, some say every prominent Greek philosopher can be spotted, and so in “The School of Rooster Teeth”, in honour of their endless dedication to providing innovative and entertaining content, she has endeavoured to portray as many of the equally renowned RT Cast & Crew as possible.

You can see more of Maddie and her work on Tumblr, on Twitter and the RT site.

Corrin Forte

A freelance graphic design artist in Southern California and an art history/history major, Corrin primarily does art for her internet group TOFU Delight. Often found in the Artist Alley of California-area conventions, she has made a small name for herself in the RT Community drawing RWBY fanart. Most of her inspiration draws from her idols CLAMP, Bara-chan and the other series’ she’s become obsessed with (RWBY being one of them), but also historical eras from the Byzantine to the Renaissance.

Her piece is a Renaissance style relief depiction of team RWBY, and it is simply stunning.

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Monica Kani

Monica is an illustrator and graphic designer residing in Prince Edward Island, Canada, and has been a part of the Rooster Teeth community since 2008. She only recently began to create fanart for RT, and is loving the reactions and feedback from the community she’s been receiving so far! Check out her art blog on Tumblr or follow her on Twitter.

Her piece, like many from the Renaissance era, is untitled. With context all but lost to the ages, all we know is that it appears to depict a particularly significant event. Here’s a small teaser…

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Marcie Zimmerman

Marcie is a Graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Sequential Art (Comics). The Sonic the Hedgehog and Sailor Moon anime are both what really inspired her to draw/create her own storylines. She enjoys creating both physical art using graphite or acrylic paints, and digital art through Photoshop and Manga Studio.

Her inspiration comes from the starving artists on tumblr, where they post their comics and fanart for people to enjoy, as the comic industry is dying and people have to fend for themselves. They’re incredibly brave and talented and she strives to join their ranks one day! You can contact Marcie on the RT site.

 

Vaughn Piazza

Vaughn’s the name. Art’s the game. She started off with just drawing and now she paints, sculpts, costumes, and sometimes cooks, all the while pursuing the elusive Bachelors of Fine Arts.

Her piece, “The Creation of a Cockbite” is a painting of the wonderful Rooster Teeth crew as the famous “The Creation of Adam” by Michalangelo. Although this piece does not depict Adam, but rather Mr. Burns, as the subject of the creation. The square canvas, complete with faux blur and tonal filters gives a modern “Instagram” feel to this classically inspired Renaissance piece.

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“The Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo

Luke McKay

Luke draws webcomics. You may have heard of him. He’s also double-jointed in his fingers. Totally relevant to this bio, right? Want to hear more about his piece? TOO BAD. Maybe later?

Check out his work online at The Button Mash and his personal website.

And…

We might have another artist or two joining the line-up but we’re stillwaiting for confirmation from them!

 

Thanks to all of these incredible artists, we’ll start a new tradition at the 2014 Cocktail Party and Charity Auction with the SideQuest Signature Series. What better way to kick off this new tradition than with a Renaissance?

We’ll see you in July! (Don’t forget your tickets!)

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