Illuxcon 7 – Strange like Sam being shy!

Peter Mohrbacher and Sam Flegal at the Illuxcon 7 Showcase!

Peter Mohrbacher and Sam Flegal at the Illuxcon 7 Showcase!

IlluXCon 7 has come and gone. As usual, it was a wild and amazing ride. I met so many wonderful people, shared dinner and drinks, and even sold some art! Words can’t really do the experience justice, but I’m going to try.

The most overwhelming aspect of this year’s IlluXCon was discovering that a lot of people watch One Fantastic Week, the weekly web show I do with co-host Pete Mohrbacher. My wife and I arrived on Wednesday night, checked into the hotel, and made the 4-block walk over to the Allentown museum, where the convention is held. Along the way I ran into 3 different groups of folks who said something like, “Hey you’re Sam Flegal, I watch 1FW, thanks for doing the show!” I would thank them for watching, and we’d go our separate ways. I didn’t think too much of the encounters—at both Gen Con and Dragon Con I met fans of the show—but little did I realize what exactly I was in for!

I got my badge, and started to walk the show. Every few people I passed commented, “Hey, you’re Sam Flegal!” I soon began to realize that a lot of people at IlluXCon watch our show. This makes sense of course—we talk a lot about IlluXCon on the show—and artists are our target audience as we talk about life and business as an artist. I just didn’t quite realize that the show had made this much of an impact.

At the time that I’m writing this we get 50-80 LIVE viewers and about 1,000 hits on YouTube. That’s a lot of people, but internet numbers are not the same as meeting smiling exciting wonderful people in person, and sharing a moment (and a drink or two!). By Thursday night of IlluXCon I was overwhelmed, lots of folks wanted to talk to me, some wanted to share a drink and tell me why they liked the show, others wanted a portfolio review and some personal advice, and for the most part I clammed up! I know…Sam the guy who won’t shut up, Mr. Gregarious talker himself, kinda shut down.

Thank Goodness my wife was with me, as she would step in and speak on my behalf. She’d thank the person and find out who they were, what they did, and all the normal talk. Meanwhile, I would stand around like an awkward school kid trying to get up enough courage to ask someone to the big dance! Seriously I’ve not been this shy in decades!

Over the course of the 5 days of IlluXCon I got better. I became accustomed to the fact that just about everyone watched my show, knew my face, and my work. I got used to people knowing little personal jokes and stories from One Fantastic Week, and I came to enjoy sharing with the fans of the show.

Now that I’m home and have had a few days to recover, I’ve been thinking about why the experience overwhelmed me so much. On One Fantastic Week, Pete and I share a lot of personal stories, we talk about our families, times we succeeded, times we failed. To me it feels like I’m sharing these things with Pete and our Guests, who are, for the most part, my friends. It doesn’t seem strange to have these conversations with my friends. That’s actually how the show got started. Pete wanted to do a show where we recorded the conversations we had at conventions. BUT it’s the internet, so I’m not just sharing with Pete, I’m sharing with you.

It’s often said that truth resonates with people, and that’s what I experienced at IlluXCon. I had Mothers and Fathers tell me that our discussions on how to manage family and freelance had been helpful; I spoke with older artists who found that my own story of breaking into illustration a little later in life was inspirational; and I spoke with a ton of up-and-coming artists who found my advice on conventions extremely helpful. People are listening, and I’m honored and emotionally overwhelmed that I can help.

To all the folks who came up and spoke to me at IlluXCon, Thank You so much for sharing your stories; you are all truly an inspiration to me! Next time I promise to be more talkative and less shell shocked! To all the fans of One Fantastic Week, Thank You for watching!

I’ll talk a more about IlluXCon 7 in a future post, but right now I gotta run. I’ve got a convention this weekend! ;)

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Wizard World Nashville

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This weekend I will be at Wizard World Nashville! I’ve made a handy map so you can find me.

I will have my work from Warhammer 40K, Warhammer Fantasy, Legend of the Five Rings, other Roleplaying games, and my personal work on Norse Mythology. I’ll have both originals and prints, please stop by and say “Howdy!”

I look forward to seeing everyone there!!!

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Off to Illuxcon!!!

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I’m off to Illuxcon!!!

I’ll be posting pics and info from the trip over the next week.

Follow me on Instragram or Facebook in order to see the fun!

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Fun Reference, Fun Job!

Let's Make a Deal by Sam Flegal

Let’s Make a Deal by Sam Flegal

I recently finished “Let’s Make a Deal” for Fantasy Hero Complete over at Hero Games. It was a really fun job to work on. Part of this was because one of the parameters of the art order was that everyone on the cover had to be smiling or laughing. Hero Games wants to push that games are fun, and to help show this, the characters on their games should look like they’re having a good time. Initially this seemed quite challenging. In gaming art I do a lot of angry people fighting. Once I got started it was really easy. Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a pretty goofy guy. I tapped into my inner goof ball and had a blast.

Right from the start things went well. The photo shoots were fun. The models (myself included) were encouraged to laugh, and I ended up with some great reference.

Model Holly Carden, and my Knight friend

Model Holly Carden, and my Knight friend

Sam Flegal as a Dwarf

Sam Flegal as a Dwarf

Sam Flegal as a Wizard

Sam Flegal as a Wizard

Don’t get me wrong. I still like to paint dark and creepy stuff, but every now and again, I hope to be able to paint laughing people!

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Warhammer 40K Art – Xavaes Split Tongue

Copyright 2014 Games Workshop

Copyright 2014 Games Workshop

At Gen Con this year the new Warhammer 40K card game called Conquest was released by Fantasy Flight Games. I’m excited to share that I did one card for the set.

I was asked to paint Xavaes Split Tongue a Chaos Space Marine of the Emperor’s Children who follows Slaanesh the god of pleasure and pain. The initial description asked for Xavaes to have a split tongue like a snake, but I had the idea that in proper Slaaneshy form he split his whole face with a blade, and his bifurcated tongue came to life with the power of chaos. I showed my design to Fantasty Flight, and they loved it!

The original painting was done in oil. For the final card I used digital to paint in some candles to the back. I also had to change the shape of the shoulder pad to better match traditional space marine armor. You can see the final version above, here is the oil painting:

Oil Painting by Sam Flegal

Oil Painting by Sam Flegal

 

and here is the card from the game:

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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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