Ominous night

Ominous night by Paul Bielaczyc
Castle Art Print

Orders fulfilled by Aradani

From the Artist

About the Piece:

Hidden away from the world of men, an Ominous Night shrouds the dark towers and massive walls of this ancient castle. Overlooking the still depths of a silent lake, the castle and its inhabitants await those foolish enough to enter, and fear those destined to confront the castle’s evil.  This piece has its origins in another piece of mine, which served as an excellent starting point, but lacked the refinement that I achieved with this work.  Reminiscent of the foreboding architecture from a popular video game series, the darkness emanating from the castle has such reach, that its evil presence is even reflected in the very face of the moon.

The original sold at Dragon*Con 2006.



  1st Place Amateur, MidSouthCon, 2003.

About Paul Bielaczyc

Portrait of Paul Bielaczyc

I have been drawing and whatnot since as long as I can remember.  Any spot in my school notebooks that didn’t have notes were filled with sketches. I drew mostly from the D&D adventures that my brother ran, as well as the fantasy books I was reading. I did a few pieces based on Terry Brooks’ Shannara series, but focusing on being a nerd, I didn’t have much time for art in high school.


When I got to college I dual majored in Computer Science and Art History. Minoring in Studio Art, I took as many art classes as my schedule allowed. I seemed to be pursuing a career in art or art education, but decided to try graduate school in Computer Science.  Graduating in 2004 with a Master’s in CS, but again switched paths and returned to my art interests. Mike, my brother, and I co-own Aradani Studios, a costuming and art company that we founded in 2002. We travel mostly in the Southeast United States, to various conventions and Renaissance Festivals, selling our art, and our ears.


I currently call Nashville, TN my home, and don’t see that changing for quite some time. This is where my friends, my family, and my career is. When I first posted this bio, I said that, “I still have no idea what I want to do with my life.” Well, in those 4 years that I wrote that, I think I have found my calling. At the age of 26, I won the most prestigious fantasy art award there is, the Chesley Award. Mike and I have slowly but steadily grown this business into something that now employs other people! And most importantly, I love what I do, and I truly enjoy being able to talk about my art with people, and have a dialogue with them.

And I owe all of this to my brother. Without him, I don’t know where I would be today, but it wouldn’t be here. And I hope he always remembers that I am grateful to him.

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