The Care and Feeding of your Hoedkin

This weekend, in the Dragon Con Art Show, will be the first public showing of my Hoedkin oil paintings. In hopes that these three little guys find a good home I’ve created a guide to help folks look after their house spirits.

My new Hoedkin Logo!

My new Hoedkin Logo!

The Care and Feeding of your Hoedkin

Every home has a spirit. I call them Hoedkin. Treat yours well and you will bring luck to your home and family. Mistreat one and you will find more than your share of mischief.

Step One – A Place to Stay

Just as each family member has a room and bed, so too does your Hoedkin need a place to rest. I recommend finding a suitable painting* and hanging it in the central room of your home. In days of old this was the hearth, in modern times this might be the kitchen, or TV room. The place that family members tend to congregate is most likely the “center” of the home.

It will also be important to have a ledge near the painting, a shelf, or some sort of flat surface. Here you can collect little things that speak to you as belonging to the Hoedkin. I also recommend a candle.

*If a painting is unavailable a statue or little house will also work.

Step Two – Invitation

After you’ve established your Hoedkin’s dwelling, let them know that you honor them and invite them into your home. Place any other objects that belong to the Hoedkin on the shelf, and light the candle.

Step Three – Care and Feeding

Hoedkin don’t require much, but every Thursday they like a bit of Beer or Milk and a nice hot bowl of porridge. Place the items on the Hoedkin’s shelf, thank him for his service, and let them sit out over night. In the morning place any remaining food and beverage outside, either on a rock in a garden belonging to your family. Bring the dishes back inside and clean them.

Step Four – Party!

Hoedkin love gatherings! Anytime you celebrate a holiday at your home make sure to set aside a bit of the food and drink for your Hoedkin. Leave it out over night, and take care it of it as described above.

And that’s it! Honor your Hoedkin and they will honor you!

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Dragon Con 2015!!!

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Next week I will be in Atlanta, GA for Dragon Con!!! We will be surrounded by awesome costumes, amazing fans, and best of all… ART! If you’re going to Dragon Con make SURE you go to the Art Show. While you’re there stop by and say “Hello!” I made a handy map to help you find me in the madness that is Dragon Con.

See you next week!

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Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse – Concept Art

Home Depot Battle by Sam Flegal

Home Depot Battle by Sam Flegal

I never thought Zombie Portraits would lead to anything, except for maybe more Zombie Portraits, but it did. Back in 2013 I was asked by Marc Scheff to do Zombie Portraits for the Shogun Rising Kickstarter campaign. As a result I ended up drawing a portrait of Chris Landon as a zombie. A few months later Chris contacted me about doing some art for a pitch for his new movie. Turns out Chris Landon is a Director and working for Paramount Pictures! In particular he was working on a new zombie movie called “Scouts vs Zombies.”

Zombie Deer Attacks! by Sam Flegal

Zombie Deer Attacks! by Sam Flegal

Chris wanted me to depict a couple of scenes from the movie for a meeting he had with Paramount executives. In particular he wanted me to do a scene where the Scouts go to a hardware store and using their merit badge skillz to make zombie slaying weapons. We also agreed on a scene where the scout master is attacked by a zombie deer. I pushed for that because a zombie deer just seemed too cool.

I did the art back in February of 2014, now a year and a half later I’m very excited to share it! For these pieces I did original drawings on toned paper and then colored them digitally for speed.

"Home Depot Battle" 9"x16" original tone drawing by Sam Flegal. $300

“Home Depot Battle” 9″x16″ original tone drawing by Sam Flegal. $300

"Zombie Deer Attack!" 9"x16" original tone drawing by Sam Flegal. $200

“Zombie Deer Attack!” 9″x16″ original tone drawing by Sam Flegal. $200

Both drawings are for sale if anyone is interested please e-mail me: sam at samflegal dot com.

It’s so cool to see this project come to life. I can’t wait to see the movie this Halloween! I’ve watched the trailer a few times and it looks like some of my weapon designs made it into the film. Here is the trailer, it is RED BAND and NSFW or children:

I want to give a shout out to my buddy Seth Roush for posing for the scouts, as well as my buddy Scott Mizis for posing for the zombies. Also my brothers Marlo and Gabe Posadas who didn’t know it but also posed for some zombies! Thanks Guys!!!

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5 More Convention Tips

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Sam & Loraine Flegal at Gen Con 2015

It was recently brought to my attention that there were some little things I missed in previous convention articles. As someone who does a lot of conventions, certain things become obvious and therefore get taken for granted. At Gen Con this year I got to spend some time with several folks who were setting up at their first convention. This helped me see the convention atmosphere with fresh eyes.

Tip #1 Engage People at Your Booth

Initially many artists feel like if they leave, or draw, or paint, or generally get out of people’s way then they will be helping to sell their art. This is just not so. If you look busy drawing or painting, people will avoid you because they don’t want to bother you. Instead you need to stand up, look people in the eye and say “Hello.” Look like you want to talk to people and more people will approach you.

If you want to draw or paint, make sure to have a booth buddy who will engage passersby on your behalf.

Tip #2 You Need a Blanket

When you close up shop, take the blanket and lay it over your table. This is the universal sign for being closed. You might even want a couple of blankets so you can use one as a table cloth and use others to drape over paintings or other things not directly on your table.

Tip #3 I’ll Be Right Back

If you’re working a show by yourself, you will need to handle the bathroom problem. You can ask a neighbor to watch your booth, but I recently saw a genius plan by Tommy Arnold. Tommy made a sign that said “Be Back in 5 Minutes, If You’re Still Here You Get $5 Off.” BAM! Tommy just changed the game from lost sales to people waiting at his booth. Brilliant!

Check out Episode 85 of my web-show One Fantastic Week where we talk to Tommy at length about his convention experience.

Tip #4 Tip Jar

Make a tip jar, something with a clever phrase or out of something cool. No matter how you do it just have one. You may not use it at every show, but if you’ve been doing a lot of art for games or really anything that fans might bring by to have you sign, you need one. Most fans understand that bringing a stack of cards to sign uses your time. They usually will drop a couple of bucks in order to say thank you. If you do lots of commission work, sketches, card alters, that sort of thing, people will also tip if they really like what you do for them.

Tip #5 A Place to Keep Money

This might seem obvious, but a lot of first time con goers forget this. Assuming you are successful you will be handling money. That means you need change, and a place to keep it. If you have a really good show you could be holding onto an uncomfortable amount of cash. There are lots of solutions: money pouch, waist band, lock box, etc… Pick one, just don’t forget to bring at least enough change for a $100 bill. If your first sale is to someone who only has a $100 you want to take his money!

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This November 5-8, 2015 I will be joining 5 other amazing artists at a workshop to help artists thrive as independent creators. I’m going to be doing a lecture on salesmanship where I walk attendees through all the stages of a sale, provide tips and tricks for sealing a deal, and how to present your work in a way that encourages people to buy it. Unlike my online articles I will be talking specifics, including real world examples with sales numbers, and helping each attendee develop a script to help them become better sales people in a style that fits their personality.

If you’re interested in joining me, you need to sign up soon. The deadline for registration is September 21st! SIGN UP HERE.

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Blind Hoedkin

“Blind Hoedkin” 9″x12″ Oil Painting by Sam Flegal

This fellow is based off the legend of a particular type of kobold, called the Hütchen, from German Folklore. He is short of stature, has red hair and a beard, favors green clothing, and sometimes a red cap. His most notable feature is that he is blind.

I loved the idea of a blind Hoedkin; after all, most people can’t see their house spirits, so it only makes sense that some of them can’t see us! But don’t let his blindness fool you. He is still very helpful around the house—this one takes a particular interest in making sure a home smells nice. Notice how he listens to the flower to know exactly where to cut!

If you have this sort of Hoedkin make sure to keep fresh flowers in the house, and dispose of them appropriately when they die. You wouldn’t want to offend the Hoedkin’s sensitive nose!

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Yogo Junzo and his Undead Generals

"Junzo and his Generals" 21"x26" oil painting by Sam Flegal

“Junzo and his Generals” 21″x26″ oil painting by Sam Flegal

Legend of the Five Rings latest set is called Siege: Clan War. It’s a historical set, based on L5R historic events. I was tasked with doing the card art for three of L5R’s greatest undead villains. No need to explain that this was a great fit for me! The Art Director, Adrian Burton, also challenged me with making all 3 cards a single painting that could be divided up for the cards. I accepted his challenge, and ultimately had a lot of fun!

YogoJunzo

Yogo Junzo is an evil undead wizard who used these nasty artifacts called “Black Scrolls” to do a lot of bad stuff. Including summoning an ancient stronghold out of the ground!

MotoTsume

Moto Tsume was a member of the Unicorn Clan until he died got brought back as an undead samurai and became a bad ass! One of the challenges with Moto Tsume is that all his old card art had him in red armor. Unicorn wear white. So Adrian and I worked out that Moto Tsume had white armor, he just dumped buckets of blood over it, and never cleaned it after battle!

Necromancer

The Necromancer was pretty straight forward. Crazy old asian dude in black robes raising the dead. Fun Fact the guy he is raising is former crab clan member, Hida Matyu.

I got a great response from the fans who saw the full art at Gen Con.

I created a Limited Edition playmat featuring the full art. Only 25 remain at the time I’m writing this.

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Playmat

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What kind of name is Hoedkin?

After my post earlier this week “Hoedkin are House Spirits,” I got a few questions on where the name Hoedkin comes from. In truth I stumbled upon the name Hoedkin by accident. As I researched House Spirits I came across all sorts of familiar names: Gnome, Kobold, Brownie, Tomte, etc… Part of the problem with those names is they’ve been co-opted by other popular culture icons. When we think of Gnomes the image of blue and red shirt lawn ornaments comes to mind. Kobolds are dog like monsters from Dungeons and Dragons. None of these things conjured the right image or had the correct feeling.

As I dug deeper I came across Hödekin, a named kobold from German folklore. His name translates as “Little Hat” and he was known for his felt hat pulled down over his eyes and his red beard. You can read more on Wikipedia if you like. My first attempt at painting a House Spirit was doing a modern version of Hödekin.

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Look at his little hat and red beard!

As I worked on the image I misspelled Hödekin as Hoedkin. All my file names and notes had this alternate spelling. I grew so accustomed to it as I worked on the project, that I didn’t notice I misspelled it until I went to do more research on the Hoedkin, and discovered it was not a word. I eventually discovered my mistake and got back to Hödekin.

Once I realized I wanted to do a series on House Spirits I knew I needed a name to call them. House Spirits seemed a bit to generic. The more traditional House Wight, sounds like House White, and didn’t feel quite right. It also made me think of the White House, which is all wrong! After talking with some illustrator friends they heard me say Hoedkin, and liked it.

Over time Hoedkin just felt more and more like the right name. It was rooted in Germanic folklore, but was also unique to me. It sounds like the right sort of name for little spirits, and it doesn’t conflict with modern cultural notions about kobolds or other House Spirits.

I’ve grown quite fond of the name, and I hope you will too!

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