Red Skull Demo

Last weekend I did an oil painting demo at Mid South Con in Memphis, TN. I had one hour to paint whatever I wanted to demonstrate. I picked the Red Skull. The photos speak for themselves. Enjoy!

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One Fantastic Workshop Preview

I’m excited to share that I’m on the faculty for One Fantastic Weekend, a four day workshop for art entrepreneurs. The workshop will be four days of creating art and attending lectures on the business of art. It’s going to be in Nashville, TN from November 5th through the 8th, 2015.

The faculty consists of artists with a mastery of image making, a passion for teaching and successful art business. Myself included the instructors are:

Annie Stegg Gerard, Justin Gerard, Sean Andrew Murray, Sam Flegal, Peter Mohrbacher.

This is a chance to learn from a diverse group of art entrepreneurs, where there will be an environment to learn, talk business, talk art, and apply that knowledge immediately. Students will spend all four days engaging with the instructors and each other to better themselves as art entrepreneurs.

Seats are filling up quickly, but there are still some left. The deadline for the first payment is March 31st, so sign-up now!

To find out more and sign-up go to: www.onefantasticweekend.com

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Liberty or Death

"Liberty or Death" Oil Painting by Sam Flegal

“Liberty or Death” 18″ x 24″ Oil Painting by Sam Flegal

My latest painting features my take on a Norse Valkyrie. In Norse Mythology, Valkyrie serve as Odin’s warrior women and the “Choosers of the Slain.” As with Odin there is a strong connection between the Valkyrie and the raven. The other main task of the Valkyrie is to hold the holy mead horn at the great hall in Asguard.

For “Liberty or Death” I did a series of videos showing my process:

And here is the tone drawing:

"LIberty or Death" 12"x16" tone drawing by Sam Flegal

“LIberty or Death” 12″x16″ tone drawing by Sam Flegal

The drinking horn design is based on the work of Brian Marshall over at Where the Gods Live.

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The Collector – New L5R Art

"The Collector" 18"x24" oil painting by Sam Flegal

“The Collector” 18″x24″ oil painting by Sam Flegal

The card’s name is Moto Daigoro, but that’s not the name of my new painting. My new painting is called “The Collector.” A while back, I was asked to do a skeletal rider for Legend of the Five Rings. Other than he being undead and on a skeletal horse, the assignment was pretty open. Sometimes this can be frustrating, but this time I decided to dig in and loved it!

Here is the story I came up with:

A Necromancer sifted through the bodies of fallen heroes after a great battle. Upon finding his chosen warrior, he nailed two magic scrolls to the corpse’s chest plate. This caused the warrior to animate, but what the Necromancer didn’t count on was that the soldier’s soul still hovered nearby; and upon the animation of his body he returned, filled with hate. The undead warrior’s first action was to break the wrists of the Necromancer and tear off his hands. This prevented the magic-user from ever casting spells again. Death’s soldier then breathed a last breath into his fallen steed and the two corpses set off in search of more hands.

"The Collector" 12"x16" tone drawing by Sam Flegal

“The Collector” 12″x16″ tone drawing by Sam Flegal

With this story in mind I found it much easier to create. It helped form little details all throughout the painting. It also made the project much more enjoyable. In the end I am very happy with how the painting turned out.

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Con Nooga 2015

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This weekend marks the beginning of convention season for me, and I’m really looking forward to it. My first con of 2015 will be Con Nooga in Chattanooga, TN. Con Nooga is a lot of fun, it has a great convention space, and an excellent dealer’s room. In the evening there are lots of parties and shows. I’ve really enjoyed Con Nooga in past years, and I’m sure this year will not disappoint!

So if you’re near Chattanooga, TN come onto Con Nooga! Make sure to stop by my booth in the dealer’s room and say “Howdy!”

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Frigg – Lady of Secrets

Frigg Lady of Secrets

“Frigg, Lady of Secrets” oil painting by Sam Flegal

 

In Newark, UK the Odinist Fellowship is building a temple to the Heathen Gods.

Here is an excerpt from the public announcement:

“The Odinist Fellowship have announced the opening of the first new heathen temple in England!

‘The Odinists of England, have after a lapse of over a thousand years, at long last acquired a temple of our own.’

The first new heathen temple of England will open soon in Newark in an old Tudor chapel erected in 1556. This is a fascinating development in the history of religion in England, and may even signify the return of a popular Odinist religion.”

I am very proud to have been selected to create a painting that will hang on the wall of this Temple in the United Kingdom. As anyone who follows my art knows the Norse Gods and Goddesses are a strong passion for me. It is truly an honor to have been a part of this project.

For my part I was asked to create an image that showed the Goddess Frigg gazing into her magic casket. Inside which she sees all the secrets of the world. Although she knows all (even possibly more than Odin) she tells no one. She is the Lady of Secrets, teller of none.

You can see the painting above. Here is the sketch for the painting:

"Frigg, Lady of Secrets" Pencil and Copic on tone paper by Sam Flegal

“Frigg, Lady of Secrets” Pencil & Copic Tone Drawing by Sam Flegal

A big thanks to Ralph Harrison and the Odinist Fellowship for working with me on this painting. In particular Ralph’s vision and knowledge of runic lore was most helpful.

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Warhammer 40K Art – The Plaguefather’s Nurglings

The Plaguefather's Nurglings by Sam Flegal, copyright Games-Workshop 2015

The Plaguefather’s Nurglings by Sam Flegal, copyright Games-Workshop 2015

The Plaguefather’s Nurglings is a painting I did for Warhammer 40K – Conquest, The Scourge expansion. I love Nurgle and it was fun to get to do a painting with Ku’Gath and some dirty slimy nurglings.

The original oil painting was deemed to colorful for Nurgle, so I made several digital edits. You can see the final version above, and the original oil painting below:

The Plaguefather's Nurglings, original oil painting by Sam Flegal 12"x12"

The Plaguefather’s Nurglings, original oil painting by Sam Flegal 12″x12″

Here is the drawing I did before starting the painting:

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The Plaguefather’s Nurglings, original tone drawing by Sam Flegal 12″x12″

 

and here is the card:

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