This was truly one of my big "Life Goals" and I am so excited I can't even sit down to type hardly, lol. I thought I had a chance in a million to win. I thought maybe when I was 40 or 50 I'd eventually get in there. OMG!!!!!!! AAAAHHHH!!!! I don't know what to say!!!!
For those of you who don't know, "Spectrum" is the industry's juried book of each year's "Best of Fantasy Art". It comes out every year, and there is a huge jurying session where they go through thousands of artists. The winners are published in a book called "Spectrum". I think this year is Spectrum 11 (I have lots of past Spectrums - they are like my favourite art books!!!). It is such an incredible honour to be chosen - I can't believe I got in - I mean, I soooo did not expect this!
I looked at the list of artists chosen - Luis Royo, Brom, Julie Bell, Don Maitz, Christophe Vacher, Matt Stawicki (a Dragonlance Artist!), Michael Whelan, etc. - I just can't believe that I'm going to be in there alongside people like that!
I'm not even sure which picture of mine will be in there, lol! Usually they only choose one from each artist (sometimes two, but rarely), and I sent them a handful to choose from. I'll try to see if I made a backup copy of my entry to remember! I'll let you guys know as soon as I do! They just announced the selected artists yesterday, and I haven't gotten my acceptance letter yet.
October/November of 2004 is the publication date! Yay!
Here are the artists selected to be in the book:
And here are some photos of the judging:
Lol, it cracks me up - the judging was held in Kansas City, hehe, for some reason (being a former Kansas Citian) that strikes me as funny.
I just can't believe that one of my paintings will be one of the alleged "Best Fantasy Art of the Year", woohoo!!!! And I get to plug my website, etc. in the book ;)
Ahhh - I can't wait to tell Matt - he will be so excited!
Enough excitement for now though - it's time for Tae Bo!!!!!!