Tim Smith discovered his passion and love for fantasy and comic art at a very young age, while creating mythical creatures on the margins of his early grade-school assignments. The following years were filled with hours of drawing dinosaurs, dragons, and comic book characters.
He earned an Advertising Art degree from Chattanooga State Technical Community College in 1989. After several years of freelance work and commissioned pieces, Tim’s love for teaching and inspiring young people motivated him to become a teacher. He earned a BS in Education with a K-12 Visual Art Certification from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2000 and has taught middle and high school art for the past 13 years. During this time, his personal work has included portraits, folk art, and children’s paintings.
When he was commissioned to do the cover art for Con Nooga 2014, it inspired him to return to his first love of comic and fantasy art. His style is ultimately classic comic with a little Steampunk thrown in for fun (a new-found love). While Tim can work with all types of media, his preference is pencil and ink to bring out the full contrast and texture of his work. Over the years, his inspirations have included fantasy artists Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo and comic artists Jim Lee, Mike Deodato, and Ed McGuinness.
Award-winning artist and
illustrator and sculptor Mark Helwig has a style all his own—quirky, creative,
occasionally odd, and often humorous. His focus on craftsmanship, storytelling,
and images that cause the viewer to “double take” are traits that set him apart
in today’s industry. He is equally at home with a wide range of styles ranging
from cartoons to photorealism and he works in everything from ink to oils. His
illustrations can be found gracing the products of many clients including
gaming companies, book and comic book publishers, conventions, and advertising
for local businesses. He is a frequent artist guest and panelist at shows and
conventions across the southeast, and his work is highly sought by discerning
private collectors. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University and is a
member of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.
Dubbed "One of the 15 sickest artists in America" by Girls and Corpses Magazine, Dick Starr has embedded himself nicely into the horror community. Add to his bloody drawings a twisted sense of humor, and you'll understand why his early art got sent home by teachers on a regular basis. Since 2004, Dick's work has been featured in numerous galleries, horror/tattoo magazines, books, album covers, and comics around the world. In late 2006, Dick began picking off famous idiots with "The Celebrity Death Poll"...a rotating list of awful celebrities up for an artistic execution. In less than 1 year, The Celebrity Death Poll became a regular feature in almost every issue of Girls and Corpses Magazine since. Currently, Mr. Starr's resume boasts clients from UFC, Full Tilt Poker, and Suicide Girls, to the legendary producer/director Charles Band. If you aren't already familiar with Dick Starr's nightmarish creations...you will be. Consider yourself warned.
Sam Flegal has been fascinated by the strange and the macabre from a very young age. Fortunately for his budding morbid creativity, he was raised in a household that encouraged his interest in all things weird—Sam’s father was a magician and his mother a ventriloquist and clown.
As an illustrator for both book covers and games, Sam specializes in painting strange scenes of epic fantasy and graphic horror. He describes his art as “stylized realism,” portraying fantastical things in a comic book-like graphic manner, but with an eye towards real life. Sam’s preferred medium is oil paint.
Sam also uses his strange imagination to help others realize their dreams of undeath through the power of Zombie Portraits. Like a caricature from a dark carnival, Sam takes the living and brings out their inner dead.
Michael Bielaczyc has been making art his whole life. He has been selling and showing work since 1995, when he self published his own comic book. Going back to college at 25, he decided that art was going to be his main focus in life. In 2001, he started an art company, Aradani Studios, with his brother Paul. Together they have shown and worked in shows across America selling both their artwork and costuming. While Michael has worked for such popular role-playing franchises as Dragonlance and Castlemourn, his real passion is for his personal work. He works in mediums from oil paint to latex prosthetics, video to graphite. You can see his work at www.michaelbielaczyc.com and his writing at www.worldofuteria.com.
I have been drawing and whatnot since as long as I can remember. Any spot in my school notebooks that didn't have notes were filled with sketches. I drew everything imaginable from the D&D adventures that my brother ran, to fantasy books I read, to every character on Animaniacs. Unfortunately when I was in high school I focused on my grades (ie. being a nerd), so I didn't have much time for art. However the summer after graduating, I did two pieces of art based on Terry Brooks' The Sword of Shannara and spent about 30 hours on each. That was the first time I had ever dedicated so much time to individual pieces of art, and the end result excited me.
When I got to college I dual majored in Computer Science and Art History, only because my school didn't offer a major in Studio Art. I took as many art classes as my schedule allowed though. I seemed to be pursuing a career in art or art education, but decided to try graduate school in Computer Science instead. I graduated in 2004 with a Master's in CS, but again switched paths and returned to my art interests. Mike, my brother, wanted to start up a company selling our artwork. And so in 2002 we founded Aradani Studios, a costuming and art company that started off small, but soon grew. We travel mostly in the Southeast United States, to various conventions and Renaissance Festivals, selling our art, and our elf ears.
I currently call Nashville my home, and don't see that changing for quite some time. This is where my friends, my family, and my career is. When I first posted this bio, I said that, "I still have no idea what I want to do with my life." Well, since writing that, I think I have found my calling. At the age of 26, I won the most prestigious fantasy art award there is, the Chesley Award. Mike and I have slowly but steadily grown this business into something that now employees other people! And most importantly, I love what I do, and I truly enjoy being able to talk about my art with people and have a dialogue with them.
And I owe all of this to my brother. Without him, I don't know where I would be today, but it wouldn't be here. And I hope he always remembers that I am grateful to him.
Noodle Kittens sauntered out of the imagination of the artist Ryoko San
and appeared on the Stripgenerator website in August of 2010. The
original Noodle Kittens were a pair of black cats named Soba-chan and
Udon-kun. A few days later the good twins, a pair of white cats named
Lo-mein and Chow-mein, made their first appearance. Since that time the
Noodle family has grown to include two Noodle Poodles, Trxie and
Babette, and a resurrected rat named Cous Cous. The Noodle Kitten
clowder has appeared in an array of comic strips displaying a brand of
humor that is sarcastic and sophisticated. In 2012, Ryoko self-published “The
Kittens Art Series” which is a collection of 13 images based on
her favorite artists, art works, and art movements. Later in 2012, Ryoko
“Noodle Kittens Monster Mini-Comic” which is a collection of Noodle
Kittens horror comics. She is currently completing work on an alphabet
series and intends to release “The Noodle Kittens Alphabet Primer” in
early 2014. Her secret identity is a college and high school Mathematics instructor.
Credits Published internationally. Various Gallery shows (group and solo) The Book; "Visions from Within the Mechanism: The Industrial Surrealism of Jeffery Scott (1019)" Was released early 2007. Publishers: Baby Tattoo Books. The next book: "Existence Within the Mechanism; (Visual Accounts by Jeffery Scott (1019)" will be released this year. Published by Baby Tattoo Books. 3 images currently on exhibition in Bondeno, Italy at the Museum of Modern Art. cd covers (front covers, booklettes, inserts, and back covers), book covers, magazine covers, commercial and personal digital retouching of images and photographs, digital photograph restoration, dvd covers, editiorial images, fashion, casual, lingerie, glamour, nude, artistic nude, fine art nude, personal portraits, production design for motion pictures, music videos and television commercials, artistic conceptual renderings, product box and display art, commercial, and advertising images and layouts. _______________________________________________________________________________
Jeffery Scott creates photographic images that stretch boundaries and redefine standards. His photographic works are powerful juxtapositions of light and darkness. In the last 20 years his artistic life revolved around painting, sculpting, and production design for music videos, television commercials and motion pictures. In an effort to produce a more exacting science behind his Artistic Vision, photography became his chosen medium for expression without compromises. It wasn't until November of 2002 that Jeffery Scott (A.K.A. 1019) made the switch from sculpting and painting to photography full time. His first series explored this change and illustrates his transformation into a more complete Art. In December of 2003 he began developing his second series. His photographic images became for him what his paintings always wanted to be. The ideas were more complex than before. The photographic images he creates represent an average from anywhere between 50 to 200 hours of meticulous work. All elements within the piece represent dozens of images combined and layered to construct the over-all whole. The photos can be looked at as layers upon layers of information communicating, to the viewer, a series of in-depth philosophies, concepts and stories. Thought provoking titles also aid in this communication, drawing the viewer even deeper into into the Artist's emotive and contemplative realms.
From a young age Sarah Smith has been drawing and painting. Expanding her talents over the years and trying to perfect her art, Sarah works very diligently on every piece she sets her mind to create. Since graduating from college in 2013, she has been working as a freelance illustrator and metalwork artist. Currently Sarah is working on The Friendship Ship, a small artist company started by her and writer Jae Estes (Lt. Sarcasm). Their current works are in progress and include The Zodiac Prophecy, a comic which they hope to premier in its first book format by next year. It will be available for viewing at the convention as well as several works of fan art. Sarah will also be taking commissions throughout the convention weekend.