Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Spectrum Awards!

Congrats to all!

PICTURED:
Jury, Daniel Dociu's Crescent City, James Jean's 1001 Nights of Snowfall, Jon Foster's 9 Tail Fox.

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Press Notice. For Immediate Release

Award Winners
SPECTRUM 14

The jury for the fourteenth annual Spectrum competition convened in Kansas City, MO on the weekend February 23, 2007 to make their selections from over 5000 works of fantastic-themed art for this year's book. A new category— Concept Art— was added this year. The jury has given special recognition for superior achievement to the following artists in each of eight categories. The artists receive a Spectrum Award sculpted by Joseph DeVito which rests on a base sculpted by Tom Banwell with either a gold or silver engraved plate bearing the recipient’s name. The jury consisted of Mark Chiarello [artist/editor & art director for DC Comics], Dan dos Santos [artist], Marc Gabbana [artist/concept artist Ice Blink Studio], Brandon Ragnar Johnson [artist/concept artist], Dawn Murin [art director for Dungeons & Dragons/Wizards of the Coast], and Adam Rex [artist]. Art works created by jurors or created under their direction were excluded from consideration for awards. All of the art selected by the judges will be included in Spectrum 14: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art to be published by Underwood Books of Nevada City, CA in October, 2007. Spectrum is distributed to the trade by Perseus, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and Diamond Comic Distributors. The series' editors are Cathy and Arnie Fenner. Please join us in applauding these exceptional talents!

ADVERTISING
Gold Award: JAMES JEAN ("Spacerace 2020”/ client: Nike / art director: Mark Thede)
Silver Award: DONATO GIANCOLA ("Vanguard: Saga of Heroes" / client: Sigil Games Online / art director: David Glibertson)

BOOK
Gold Award: JON FOSTER (cover to 9Tail Fox by Jon Courtenay Grimwood / client: Night Shade Books / art director: Jeremy Lassen)
Silver Award: SHAUN TAN (“The Giants” from The Arrival by Shaun Tan / client: Lothian Books, Melbourne/ art director: Shaun Tan)

COMICS

Gold Award: ADAM HUGHES (“Wanda—Lost” / client: Marvel Entertainment-Upper Deck / art director: Mark Irwin)
Silver Award: JAMES JEAN (FABLES: 1001 Nights of Snowfall cover / client: Vertigo/DC Comics / art director: Shelly Bond)

CONCEPT ART

Gold Award: DANIEL DOCIU (“Crescent City” / client: ArenaNet/Guildwars / art director: Daniel Dociu)
Silver Award: JONNY DUDDLE (“The Circus Freako” / client: Future Publishing Ltd.)

DIMENSIONAL

Gold Award: CAM DE LEON ("Not Tested On" / client: Happy Pencil / art director: Cam de Leon )
Silver Award: RICH KLINK ("Cinnamon")

EDITORIAL

Gold Award: JAMES JEAN ("Crowdsourcing” / client: Wired Magazine / art director: Jeremy Lacroix)
Silver Award: JOAO RUAS ("Downtown” / client: Future Publishing Ltd. / art director: Rob Carney)

INSTITUTIONAL

Gold Award: WILLIAM BASSO ("October Shadows” / client: Creatures Features / art director: William Basso)
Silver Award: TODD LOCKWOOD ("War of Angels" / client: Bullseye Tattoos / art director: Rhyan Scorpio-Rhys)

UNPUBLISHED

Gold Award: JOAO RUAS ("Haunted #3”)
Silver Award: JOHNNY YANOK ("Postmort-mmmms”)

GRAND MASTER AWARD
(presented by the Spectrum Advisory Board)
SYD MEAD
The Spectrum Grand Master Award is presented to a living artist for career excellence.

The next Spectrum (#15) will open for entries in October 2007: information will be available through the mail and the official Spectrum website: http://www.spectrumfantasticart.com/.

Spectrum: The Best In Contemporary Fantastic Art is acknowledged as the premiere showcase for imaginative illustration, sculpture, and Fine Art. Founded in 1993 by Cathy and Arnie Fenner, the Spectrum annuals are a who's-who of the best and brightest artists working today in all media. A retrospective show of selected art that appeared in the first eleven volumes of the series was held at the Museum of American Illustration in New York City in 2005. A second exhibition is planned for 2009.

22 comments:

Arkady Roytman said...

James Jean is on fire. First the SoI medal and now 3 from Spectrum. nice
So, when do the rest of us peons find out if we made it into the book or not?

Irene Gallo said...

Hi Arkady,

I've been told the in-list will be posted in 2-4 weeks.

Yeah, you can't keep James down. It was great to see the actual painting for his Fables cover at the Society.

See ya Thursday?

Carl V. said...

The new category sounds great. I really look forward to Spectrum every year. Its arrival in the home signals many, many hours of pouring over great art both in the book, and then as a follow up, online. I had to skip past all the winners so as not to spoil the experience of cracking open the book for the first time. Congrats to everyone now, eventhough I don't know who you are!

Bjorn said...

Well done James.. well done!!!

I have to check out Spectrum I guess. I'm not that into phantasy and scifi anymore but most of the paintings/illustrations in this genre are stunning to say the least.
It so happened that I just visited the book store in my home town and I always am amazed how little illustration (or original art) is used on covers. But phantasy and scifi books still use a lot of illustration. I wonder why. Is it because you can't photograph fantasy or scifi?

Kendall said...

Darn, I love Foster's work, but neither Night Shade nor Amazon have the cover. (I keep finding the Gollancz cover via Google, but I don't think that's Foster's.) The book doesn't come out till May, and it doesn't appear to be on Foster's site. Do you know if there's a picture anywhere?

Irene Gallo said...

Kendall - Just for you, 9 Tail Fox is now posted here. ;-)

kendall said...

Thanks, Irene! :-) I appreciate it!

And very cool, offbeat cover.

Thomas Nigel said...

Brian Sherwin interviewed Cam de Leon a few months ago, you might want to check it out, you can find it at www.myartspace.com/blog or here

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