From Poetry to Painting

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“Runes shalt thou find, and fateful signs,

That the king of singers colored,

And the mighty gods have made;”

– From the Havamal (Sayings of the High One), Bellows Translation

Fateful Signs are what Odin saw as he hung from the great world tree. Fateful Signs are the legends of the Gods and Ancestors carried down to us through the winds of time.Fateful Signs can be sought with runes, carved and made red. Fateful Signs are the words and deeds that honor the Lore of the Norse.

I present you with Fateful Signs!

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Over the weekend I spent some time updating my latest Kickstarter Project. I explained Fateful Signs, where it came from, what it means, and how it impacts my art. I also added some process images and descriptions to explain how I create each Fateful Signs oil painting. Please take the time to read it over, and let me know your thoughts over in the comment section on Kickstarter.

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New L5R Art – Demonic Betrayer

"Demonic Betrayer" 12"x16" Oil Painting by Sam Flegal

“Demonic Betrayer” 12″x16″ Oil Painting by Sam Flegal

The latest L5R set Thunderous Acclaim includes three new cards by your truly. It was a fun set to work on, but my favorite card by far was Demonic Betrayer. In the set the Spider Clan is returning to there roots as bad guys. My card shows a Spider Clan Yojimbo, who just betrayed the family he was sworn to protect. In doing so he gave into the taint of the Shadowlands and he evil manifested in demonic changes to his body.

In order to get inspired for the piece I looked through Jim Pavalec’s book Hymns & Wretched Offerings to the Golden Ones. Lots of dark stuff in there! If you don’t own a copy be sure to pick one up. Almost 1/2 off the cover price right now!

Here is an earlier version sketch for the piece:

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The art director felt all the extra arms was a bit too much shadow taint, so I dialed it back a bit. Not sure when this will come up in the future, but at some point I will use the extra arms again!

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Fateful Signs – Volume 2

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Today I launched a new Kickstarter all centering around my collection of Norse Mythology paintings. I’m now calling my Norse Mythology collection, Fateful Signs. Last year I produced a series of 7 prints. This year I added 5 new images!

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I am really pleased with Fateful Signs – Volume 2! Take some time to look around. I’ve got 12 unique prints for you to check out. I’m also offer some large format Limited Edition prints and a few originals too.

Please share and support!

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Gearing up for Libertycon!

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This year I’m very excited to be the artist guest of honor for Libertycon 28! Normally I’d encourage you to come check out the show if you’re near Chatanooga, TN, but as the banner says this con is SOLD OUT!

If you do happen to have one of the hot little tickets for the show make sure to stop by the Art Show. I’ll be hanging a lot of art including the original paintings for my two newest pieces “Liberty or Death” and “Tyr’s Promise.”

"Liberty or Death" Oil Painting by Sam Flegal

“Liberty or Death” Oil Painting by Sam Flegal

"Týr's Promise" oil painting by Sam Flegal

“Týr’s Promise” oil painting by Sam Flegal

In addition I’ll be doing 8 panels and events. You can check out my speaking schedule HERE.

Should be a fun weekend. If you can’t make it follow me on Instagram to check in on the fun!

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Týr’s Promise

"Týr's Promise" oil painting by Sam Flegal

“Týr’s Promise” oil painting by Sam Flegal

My latest Norse Mythology painting is about Týr and the binding of Fenris.

After two failed attempts, by the gods, in binding the great wolf, Fenris finally agreed to be bound if one of the gods placed his hand within the giant wolf’s mouth as a sign of good faith to release him afterwards. Tÿr, god of courage, was the only one brave enough to take up the challenge. This time the bonds kept, crafted by the dwarves out of impossible things, the sound of a cat’s footsteps, the beard of a woman, the roots of stones, the breath of a fish, and the spittle of a bird. Fenris asked to be set free, but the gods said no. In payment for his betrayal Fenris took Týr’s hand. Fenris, the great destroyer, remained bound until the end of days.

I love the way this story illustrates the concept of duty. The god of justice and courage breaks his word in order to serve a greater good. I think it illustrates beautifully the truth of being an adult. It’s a wonderful mix of the impossible, a contradiction of contradictions. The unbindable wolf is bound by a cord of impossible things. The god of promises and honor must give his word and break it in order to serve the higher good which is his duty. Which is more important personal honor or society?

In a perfect world integrity and the good of all should go hand in hand, but anyone who’s ever had a leadership position knows that the reality of this is much more difficult than the concept. The truth of this story is so strong that it resonates beyond the age of its original culture. Leadership, duty, honor, protecting the ones we love, and the communities we live in these stories ring just as true today as they did over a thousand years ago.

For my painting Týr’s Promise I did a series of process videos. You can find more process and advice videos over on my YouTube channel.

"Týr's Promise" Tone Paper Drawing by Sam Flegal

“Týr’s Promise” Tone Paper Drawing by Sam Flegal

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How to Break Into Game Art

This year was my first time at Origins Game Fair. In addition to setting up my booth and selling my wares, I also gave a talk as a part of the Origins Art College called “How to Break Into Game Art.” The talk went well and had good attendance. I also tried something new. I filmed it!

That’s right, even if you couldn’t make it to Origins, or you were too busy playing games to swing by, you can still watch my talk. I’ve also been posting other videos over on my YouTube Chanel. Check it out and SUBSCRIBE!

Without further ado… “How To Break Into Game Art by Sam Flegal”

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New Warhammer 40K Art – Tyrant’s Tail

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“Tyrant’s Tail” painting by Sam Flegal, copyright Games Workshop 2015

 

My painting “Tyrant’s Tail” was previewed over on Fantasy Flight games as a part of the new expansion for the card game Warhammer 40K Conquest. It will be in the new expansion all about Tyranids called The Great Devourer.

My first army for 40K was Tyranids, so when the opportunity arose to work on this project I took it. I specifically wanted to do something with a Hive Tyrant, and was very pleased with the assignment I received. If you’ve followed my work, you know I love Orks too, so getting to throw in a poor doomed Ork Boy was also fun.

Here is the drawing I did:

"Tyrant's Tail" tone drawing by Sam Flegal, copyright Games Workshop 2015

“Tyrant’s Tail” tone drawing by Sam Flegal, copyright Games Workshop 2015

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