Dragon Con Wrap Up 2014

Me and a Chaos Terminator from Warhammer 40K

Me and a Chaos Terminator from Warhammer 40K

I’m home from Dragon Con, and what a wild ride! I can barely talk, but I can still type, so I thought I’d share a summary of the convention!

This year’s Dragon Con was my best ever. I spoke to lots of fans, saw old friends, made some new ones, got to see amazing costumes, and slept very little! The art show and their staff were great! I was a part of some good panel discussions on “Making Art Your Career,” “The Anatomy of a Monster,” and “How to Get Started as an Artist.” I want to thank John Picacio, Michael C. Hayes, Thomas Kuebler, Pete Mohrbacher, and Drew Baker for speaking with me on our panels. The conversations were amazing and we spoke to a packed room!

Troll Tea

Troll Tea by Sam Flegal

My painting “Troll Tea” was my most popular print this year, and I understand it will be gracing the walls of kitchens and dining areas of many a Dragon Con attendees’ homes. Thank you to everyone who bought art from me this weekend!

I sold some original drawings!

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and I sold an original painting to a dear friend and mentor! To date it’s my fastest sale; I finished the painting last Saturday, framed it on Wednesday and sold in on Monday at Dragon Con. Thank You, Lindsey!!!

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You can read about my first encounter with Lindsey from way back in 2008 RIGHT HERE.

All in all I am just so honored to have such great friends and fans! Thank you all for making this year my Best Dragon Con Ever!!!

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Dragons at Dragon Con

Let's Make a Deal by Sam Flegal

Let’s Make a Deal by Sam Flegal

I’m very excited to share my latest painting for Fantasy Hero Complete over at Hero Games. The cover was released over on their kickstarter, which is great because I finished painting it 5 days ago!

I will talk more about the painting in future posts, but for now I’ll say this is my first professional dragon in a painting. It’s just in time for Dragon Con, where I will have the original oil painting at my booth. Please stop by and see me and the painting. I will even have a few prints I was able to get made just in the nick of time!

See you in Atlanta!!!

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Here there be Dragon Con!

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Dragon Con 2014 is almost here. Starting August 29th, 2014, over 60,000 fans will descend on Atlanta, Georgia. Dragon Con is an amazing weekend of costumes, media guests, and ART!!!

This year I will be in the Dragon Con Art Show. I made the map above to help people find me. The Art Show is located in the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Grand Hall WEST on the Exhibition Level.

If you’re going to be at Dragon Con, please stop by and see me! I will have original oil paintings, drawings, prints, and more!!!

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To see more of my work or to contact me for availability to help with your project, please visit: http://www.samflegal.com

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Lessons from Gen Con

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My Booth at Gen Con 2014

Gen Con 2014 has come and gone, and it was my best Gen Con yet! I won first place in the Art Show for my painting “Freyr’s Last Stand,” I sold original paintings, drawings, prints, and playmats. I also did several sketches and custom drawings for folks. On top of all that I got to hang out with old friends, and make new ones, I talked with Art Directors and other business folks about the possibility of working together, I both gave and received portfolio reviews, and as if that’s all not enough I got to spend five days with my wife in the middle of gaming mecca. Needless to say it was a great convention!!!

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My Fancy 1st Place Ribbon!

As I look back on Gen Con 2014 I realized I learned some valuable lessons. I may do a future post on some of these things, but for now I’ll just list them.

- Take the time to get to know your customers. I’ve had folks come back to see me every year at Gen Con for the last 6 years. I’ve gotten to know them, and their families, and many of them I consider friends.

- Learn about sales, it’s almost as important as learning to paint.

- Get excited about your art. If you’re not excited about it, chances are no one else will be either.

- Start a mailing list. I had fans of my art chastising me for not telling them I had a mailing list. I was worried I was bothering people, but instead discovered that folks wanted to hear about my art, and they were excited to know they didn’t have to wait until next Gen Con to find out what I was up to.

Thanks again to all the people that make Gen Con possible. See you guys next year!

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Freyr finds a new home!

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as does the Mantis Clan Champion!

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and the drawing I did of Freyr and Troll Tea!

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To see more of my work or to contact me for availability to help with your project, please visit: http://www.samflegal.com

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A Strange Interview

I was interviewed by Chris at Strange Assembly, a Legend of the Five Rings and Gaming podcast. It was fun to talk shop with Chris. Check it out HERE.

http://www.strangeassembly.com/2014/episode-144-strange-squared

Additionally I launched an L5R themed Kickstarter yesterday. If you like games and or art there’s lots of cool stuff for your viewing pleasure, including art by my friend and L5R art guru Drew Baker. HERE’s the link.

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L5R Art – Shibata Sensei

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Shibata Sensei oil painting by Sam Flegal

My other card for the new Legend of the Five Rings set, A Line in the Sand was previewed today. Shibata is a courtier for the Scorpion Clan. Enjoy!

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To see more of my work or to contact me for availability to help with your project, please visit: http://www.samflegal.com

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August Conventions

Convention season is firing up again. Over the next couple of months I’m going to be do a lot of traveling. To start things off I’ve got two big conventions in August:

FandomFest

8/1-8/3: FandomFest Comic Expo, Louisville, KY

GenCon

8/14-8/17: Gen Con, Indianapolis, IN

If you’re able to attend either convention, please make sure to stop by and say “Howdy!”

Hope to see you at a convention soon!

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To see more of my work or to contact me for availability to help with your project, please visit: http://www.samflegal.com

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