Penultimate Fantasy

Penultimate Final Fantasy by Paul Bielaczyc
Almost Final Fantasy Art Print

Orders fulfilled by Aradani

From the Artist

When heroes begin the undertaking of an epic adventure, they hope that at its conclusion, they will find rest. After saving the world from yet another nefarious or even apocalyptic scheme, the heroes pray that their work will be complete. However, not all heroes earn the luxury to prop their feet up and enjoy a relaxing pipe or a cool mug of ale.

As these four warriors start on their heroic quest, little do they realize this will not be their final journey. Within their lifetime, they will hear the call of yet another fantasy they must fulfill. And thus, as they stand upon the hillside, this is really only beginning of their second to last journey, but they don’t know this.

More About This Art

Penultimate Fantasy is a pastel drawing inspired by Final Fantasy art created by Paul Bielaczyc. The drawing depicts a stunning and serene landscape during the twilight hours, where a majestic castle stands in the distance, surrounded by a calm lake that mirrors its grandeur. The artwork captures the essence of a Final Fantasy world, where magic and mystery coexist with nature and civilization.

The artwork is drawn in a realistic and detailed style, with a rich and vibrant color palette. The colors are mostly warm and earthy, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere. The sky is painted with soft hues of purple, blue, pink, and yellow, indicating the transition between day and night. The clouds are scattered artistically across the sky, adding texture and depth to the scene.

The castle is the main focus of the artwork, as it is positioned in the center of the composition. It has a gothic and intricate architectural design, with arched windows, pointed roofs, and a red banner. The castle also has a mysterious and ancient history, as it seems to be part of a larger and forgotten civilization. The castle is also a symbol of power and prestige, as it dominates the distant landscape with its imposing presence.

The silhouettes of four adventurers are visible on a hill on the right side of the image. They appear to be observing the castle from afar, perhaps planning their next move or marveling at its beauty. Dressed in armor and weapons, they are ready for the next adventure.

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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