Music Keynote: Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond of Beastie Boys with Amazon Music's Nathan Brackett. Illustration by Ami Plasse

 

At A Glance: Live Drawing SXSW 2019

How one artist captured selected conference sessions

Amitai (ahh-mee-tie) Plasse, aka Ami, is a visual and motion artist (and former creative director) from New York City, who landed in Austin in 2011. Always the prolific sketcher, he draws his creative influences heavily from his surroundings and is rarely without his sketchbook or drawing tablet.

A lover of motion and interactivity, while growing up In New York City, he spent years drawing what he encountered on his daily subway commutes. In Austin, he has found inspiration in the energy of the music scene, capturing both the artists and fans he encounters at clubs and festivals through his unique lens.

While working in the marketing and tech industries, he also began focusing on capturing the ideas espoused around tech and creative talks, as well as the atmosphere and personalities from which they came. In late 2017, he started his own Gonzo Viz, to create unique drawn, painted and animated content for brands centered around live events.

At SXSW 2019, he live-sketched several sessions, including Keynotes and Featured Speakers. Included here are some examples of what he captured, with links to their associated session videos.

Olivia Wilde

Film Keynote

Bozoma Saint John in Conversation with Ashley Graham

Convergence Keynote

Shirley Manson & Lauren Mayberry with Puja Patel

Music Keynotes

Music Keynotes: Shirley Manson & Lauren Mayberry with Puja Patel

 
Music Keynotes: Shirley Manson & Lauren Mayberry with Puja Patel

Ami – MansonMayberry2 – 3/14

Music Keynotes: Shirley Manson & Lauren Mayberry with Puja Patel
Music Keynotes: Shirley Manson & Lauren Mayberry with Puja Patel
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Ami – JamilZaki 3/12

Featured Session: The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World with Jamil Zaki
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Ami – Bozama

Convergence Keynote: Bozoma Saint John in Conversation with Ashley Graham
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Ami – TBoneBurnett4 – 3/13

Music Keynote: T Bone Burnett
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Ami – TBoneBurnett5 – 3/13

Music Keynote: T Bone Burnett
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Ami – StaceyAbrams 3/11

Featured Session: Lead from the Outside: How to Make Real Change with Stacey Abrams
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Ami – DavidByrne – 3/13

Featured Session: Reasons To Be Cheerful with David Byrne
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Ami – KathyKlotz+SandyCarter1 3/12

Featured Session: Digital Transformation, AI and an Innovation Mindset with Sandy Carter
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Ami – KathyKlotz+SandyCarter2 3/12

Featured Session: Digital Transformation, AI and an Innovation Mindset with Kathy Klotz
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Ami – Beasties2 – 3/15

Music Keynote: Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond of Beastie Boys with Amazon Music's Nathan Brackett
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