Unleash The GoddessKerri Hirsch-Upton makes is downright gorgeous. Photos cannot do it justice. Not only does she hand make them, no two are the same. She explained to me her process of layering the glass, how theres different kinds of glass she uses and how the colors show up so vividly. You can find her creations on Etsy!
The Leather LairThe Leather Lair designs and produces, it's worth every penny. The detailing on the leather clearly shows the love and care that goes into the garment, which has a great feel to it. The Leather Lair does custom orders.
Barrett ArtifactsBrent Barrett's stall at GenCon was this two foot high sculpture of skulls that had green lights shining on and off in it. How can you not want to go further investigate something like that!? He then gave me the biggest lesson on sculpture and ceramics that I have had in my entire life, and it was awesome. Taking four days up in Wisconsin to fire up and use a kiln that several people can fit inside of, I dare you to find someone who is just as dedicated to his craft. Brent and his son Jacob if you're looking for an individual design.
Dragonsong ForgeDragonsong Forge. They were in Indiana all the way up from sunny Florida to bring some of the coolest katanas, wizarding wands and replica swords and I've ever seen. They ship in swords from around the world to suit your needs, because let's be honest, there's nothing cooler than having a Walking Dead sword on your wall.
Peter Lewia and Roger SicelyPeter and Roger have been lifelong friends and are the authors of The Ameron Chronicles, a very strong character-development driven story immersed in the fantastical land of Ameron. With two more books on the way (totaling 5 in the series), if you're looking for another dynamite series to dive into, try this one out! I would definitely read the excerpts on their website and you can just buy the full copy on Amazon or Barnes And Noble.
J.T. HartkeDragonsoul Saga is bound to please fantasy lovers everywhere. So far there are 2 of the 5 books in this series out in the world and eager to be read. The balance between chaos and order must be restored in the world of Tamor and fans of dragons, magic and a bit of romance will certainly want to travel there. Author J.T. Hartke has a few novels under his belt, and you can get a taste of the first four chapters in this series on his website before buying them online!
Tommy Castillogrisly theme to his art, mixing pop culture icons in a dark and sinister way such as The Scarecrow and flying monkeys from The Wizard of Oz, as well as the loved Jack Skellington. You can check out more of his work, as well as order some new wall art, on his website.
Alayna Lemmershe is a digital painter. She explained her method, that she draws on her tablet into Photoshop, making some absolutely gorgeous scenes and characters pop into life. Elaborating on what tools she uses as well as her hopes to one day illustrate for Magic card decks, I really liked the detailing she was able to convey. Visit her online and check out the rest of her collection!
Douglas BushongDouglas Bushong's artwork looked. It popped out at you off the canvas, having a clean yet realistic feel to it. Being able to speak to Douglas was cool as well, with him explaining he likes to do 3d work for the art, whereas many, many others do it to get into gaming or produce cinematic stories. It's very cool capturing a moment in time like he does! While his website is currently under construction, you can always check back in the future for more of his images.
Beth ZyglowiczSpace Turtle Studios. She also had some masks on display that were really well done, and just as full of color as her art. Unfortunately though at next year's GenCon, things that are not works of art, such as the cool masks, will no longer be a part of the convention unless it's under other guidelines. Good thing for Beth though is that she's a very talented artist who I'm sure will get some well deserved love from fans. Check out her work on Tumblr and give her a follow on Twitter for all her updates.
Mark Helwigexcellent paintings on the display behind him, while working on a drawing as I was speaking with him. Having a love of history, Mark schooled me on artists work and what drives him to be so creative. Alongside his fantasy themed paintings was this glorious sculpture of Chef Cthulhu, the detail of which is astounding. If you want this chef or to check out his great work, visit him online on his website. He'll even do commission work, which is of course a big bonus!
Gavin Smithvisit Gavin's website to see more or give him a follow on Twitter to see what he's up to! And that's a wrap of some of the amazing pieces of art and craft that I witness while at GenCon today. It was lovely being able to meet and speak with many of the artists and creators, seeing so many different perspectives and inspirational pieces. Be sure to show them some love, PopWrappers, as they work very hard and deserve all the accolades in the world!
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