Program Participant, Paul Bielaczyc

Fain, by Paul Bielaczyc

Starting in 2002, Paul Bielaczyc joined with his brother Michael and sister Sara to form Aradani Studios. What started as a fun hobby between siblings at the Tennessee Renaissance Festival has grown significantly over the past 13 years. Aradani is known for two rather unique aspects, special f/x make-up and fantastical artwork. Michael and Paul both have won numerous awards over the years for their costumes, and Aradani's ever-growing line of elf ear prosthetics and masks has helped other cosplayers win countless awards worldwide.

But it is his artwork that truly provides a glimpse into what defines Paul, and where his passion lies. Paul uses charcoal, chalk, and pastels to create his finished works, media which are usually considered for the sketching and preliminary stages, not the final product. He strives to achieve a level of detail in his works, pushing the boundaries of what is typically seen with charcoal and pastel.

Over the past 13 years, Paul has worked for White Wolf, Dragonlance, World of Uteria, Apex Digest, and many other independent publishers. His art has won many awards at various conventions, including GenCon and Dragon*Con, and his work "Nightmare," one of his earliest professional pieces, won the prestigious Chesley Award in 2005 for Best Monochrome Unpublished. Starting in 2012, Paul became a licensed artist for The Wheel of Time, joining a select few artists who have the blessing of Robert Jordan's wife to illustrate scenes from his epic work.

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