JordanCon is very pleased to announce the following artists will be exhibiting their art at JordanCon. Artists marked with an asterisk (*) will not be in attendance, though their art will be in our show. Artists marked with a double asterisk (**) will not be in attendance, but will have work in our Print Shop.
Charles Urbach is a writer and colored pencil artist with more than two decades of work in design, publishing, and illustration. His work challenges everything you ever thought you knew about colored pencils. Check out his panel on Saturday if you want to see him at work, first-hand.
Joe O'Hara is a licensed Wheel of Time artist, with art featured in The Wheel of Time Companion as well as in Ta'veren Tees' popular Wheel of Time calendars. In 2012 he won the first-ever JordanCon Art Show Judge's Choice Award for his work "Wheel of Time Characters," an entire panel of 18 original Wheel of Time character portraits. While he has become recognized among fans for his amazing art as well as his Mat Cauthon cosplay, his true claim to notoriety is as one of the founders and instigators of the tWoTcast podcast. In 2014, he and the rest of the tWoTcast crew were toastmasters at JordanCon.
Paul Bielaczyc is well known within the convention circuit, within the art community, among Wheel of Time fans, and, of course, at JordanCon, where he is the Dealer Hall director, as well as a co-conspirator for the Art Show. You *could* recite his long list of accomplishments -- including winning a prestigious Chesley Award for his art, co-founding Aradani Studios with his brother artist Michael Bielaczyc, his cosplays of Rand al'Thor, or his licensed art for The Wheel of Time®, which was featured in The Wheel of Time Companion -- as reasons for his being so well-known. But the honest reason is his friendly nature and his prowess (no lie) as the DJ for the annual (and very well attended) JordanCon dance party. So when you come to JordanCon, go say hello.
Edsel Arnold is a licensed Wheel of Time artist, widely recognized for his Art Nouveau-influenced style. His art is featured in The Wheel of Time Companion. Edsel has been exhibiting his art at JordanCon since 2013.
Since we have a much larger venue this year, for the first time we are able to offer Art and Dealer Hall related programming in it's very own, dedicated space within Salon A. Salon A is where you'll find the Art Show- along with our fantastic Artist Guest of Honor Todd Lockwood - the Dealer Hall, and, now, Art Show programming.
Now that the schedule is available online, we thought it would be a great time to give you a bit more "insider" info on the programming we have in store. Read on!
by Paul Bielaczyc
Wherein Paul walks us through how to prepare your prints for inclusion in the Print Shop
For many of you that have submitted art to a Print Shop before, you can probably skip this tutorial. But if this is your first time to participate in a Print Shop, you may want to read ahead for a few pointers on how to prepare your prints.
All artwork that is submitted to the Art Show's Print Shop must be bagged and boarded or “bagged and backed,” as it is often called by art shows. This helps protect your artwork as people handle it. While all prints must be bagged and backed to be accepted into our Print Shop, you are free to decide if you would like to mat them as well, or not. That part is up to you.
Our third Art Show proved that we’re really only just starting to hit our stride. Larry Elmore was a gracious, generous and enjoyable guest. It was so much fun to hang out with him til the wee hours each night, to hear his stories, and – of course – gawk at his beautiful art up close and in person. The man really is a legend and one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. Many of us came away with wonderful memories and anecdotes of his presence at JordanCon. Amazing!
Ariel Burgess hails from the Washington, D.C area, where she has lived most of her life. Her family is filled with artists and red heads, so she was destined for both. At an early age she set her sights on a career in comic book illustration, and recently finished her Associates of Web Design at Montgomery College.
In her art, Ariel chooses to bring fictitious things and people to life. She does not think she could have made The Wheel of Time® cards if she had not been such a fan of the series or loved the characters so deeply. Because of that love, Ariel introduced her family to the series, and now they love it as much as she.
Ariel has been attending JordanCon and exhibiting her art there since 2012. Her work is featured in The Wheel of Time Companion.
I adore tales of mystery and imagination that send the adrenaline flowing and the heart racing, whether they be ancient folk tales, classic science fiction, or modern urban fantasy! I tend to gush and use a lot of exclamation points when excited, and illustrating the things I love excites me a lot!!! I feel I have so much more to learn, and my goal is to be a lifelong student, always observing, always pushing the boundaries of my artistic comfort zone (which is very small, so I tend to push it constantly).
Since first attending JordanCon in 2014, Melissa has become a mainstay of the JordanCon Art Show family. Stop by her booth and say hello!