A webshow for independant artists



Pete Mohrbacher


Pete is an independent illustrator and concept artist living in the Chicago area. He works primarily on self-owned projects in addition to some freelance. His passion lies at the intersection between creating paintings and owning his own work.


Sam Flegal


Sam is an oil painter living in the Nashville, TN area. He works as an independent artist and speaks at numerous conventions, colleges, workshops, and other events. In his personal work Sam explores his passion for Norse Mythology, a series called Fateful Signs.


We want to help artists to find success on their own terms.

One Fantastic Week is a weekly web show where we interview working artists about their business, their life and how the two intersect. We want to explore that space because it's fascinating and personal. By sharing our experiences, we can help make each other more successful.


One Fantastic Week is listener supported. You can join our supporters via Patreon. Pledges start at $1 an episode.

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1FW Staff


Tawny Fritz


Workshop Manager and Moderator

Tawny is an illustrator living in Colorado. She works both independently on her own ink and watercolor creations, and works freelance on digital commissions for various clients such as Paizo. She also works to motivate and encourage budding creatives by participating in panels and giving talks at conventions.


Allen Panakal



Allen is traditionally trained as a graphic artist but has since evolved into an illustrator. He's born and raised In Chicago. His current focus is on his latest creation, the science fiction themed, Ancient Ones.


Melissa Gay



Melissa is a Nashville-based illustrator of books and tabletop roleplaying games who builds her own worlds to explore in the interim. Her clients include Baen Books, Atlas Games, Pelgrane Press, and many others. She is a member of the Changeling Artist Collective and a co-founder of the Bird Whisperer Project, seeking to foster a love of folklore, nature, and wildlife painting, in addition to her sci-fi/fantasy leanings. She loves to motivate artists to play and explore without limits, and she will do an acrylic painting demo at any time, without warning or mercy.


Kiri Østergaard Leonard


1FW Producer

Award-winning Illustrator, Artist, and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.


Gavin Gray Valentine


Graphic Designer

Growing up my ragtag group of action figures often went on quests in the unknown lands of my backyard. My friends and I would come up with new levels and characters for our favorite video games and dream of what it would be like to play them. In high school I began creating my own worlds to use while role-playing at the dinner table.

Since then I've been working tirelessly on my art. I learn something new everyday and I've made lots of new friends along the way. Being a creator is who I am.