Artists who are also successful entrepreneurs
Our instructors have been selected because they all possess a mastery of image making, a passion for teaching and are all successful entrepreneurs. Their businesses are diverse and range from every part of the entertainment industry as well as into advertising and fine art. Each of them can talk, at length, about their brush preferences in addition to their tax returns.
David is the creator of Mouse Guard, a critically acclaimed graphic novel series being adapted into a Hollywood feature film. He enjoys fantasy, folklore, myth, and legend. Even more than that he loves to draw and write about it.
Winona Nelson is a freelance illustrator, concept artist and fine artist. Her commercial career has lead her to working with the biggest properties in gaming while her personal work focuses on the stories and history of her tribe, the Ojibwe of Minnesota, as well as the experiences of women and minorities.
Stephanie Law's work is an exploration of mythology mixed with her personal symbolism. Her art journeys through surreal otherworlds, populated by dreamlike figures, masked creatures, and winged shadows. She has had over 20 years of experience bringing her creations directly to her fanbase by pioneering online art sales.
Annie Stegg Gerard
The impact of Annie's meticulously crafted rococo painting style is matched only by the immaculate presentation that surrounds them. Having built an art brand that has captured the attention of the private art collection community, she's created a means of building a dream world that is constructed at her specific direction.
Lindsey is a consultant for some of the largest brands in the world, focusing on instructional design and user experience. She is an artist; balancing time for her art, exhibits, and lectures. In parallel with her daytime career, Lindsey does not compromise on her artistic voice. Lindsey’s focus is, following your own path while staying professional, leveraging your network, negotiating your needs, and pursuing new opportunities.
Justin has created a style of drawing and painting that encapsulates the expression and emotion of a wonderfully told story. He has dedicated himself to helping to bring some of the greatest stories to life in grand fashion, having helped to illustrate the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and many others.
Nen is a concept artist, illustrator, and low brow artist who occasionally dabbles in comics. Her bold art style matches her bold approach to doing business. Branching out from her success selling at conventions she has built a highly successful series of live video streams on Twitch.
Sam built his art business in less than five years. Not afraid to reinvent himself from a zombie portrait artist, he now puts great focus into crafting narratives from Norse lore into large and elaborate oil paintings. He's the co-creator and co-host of One Fantastic Week and co-owner of this workshop.
Peter has spent the last decade building his art brand Angelarium and has managed to turn it into a successful business with crowdfunding as a key tool. Constantly reviewing and consulting on Kickstarter and Patreon projects, crowdfunding and web sales are his second passion behind creating digital paintings.
Kelly McKernan is a fine artist and illustrator currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. She has been exhibiting her work with galleries such as Gallery 1988, Spoke Art, Arch Enemy Arts, and Subtext Gallery. She will be returning to the Fantastic Workshop to give her excellent talk on social media. Each year she has updated the talk to reflect the ever shifting landscape of social media, what artists need to know, and how they can take advantage of social media right now!