Monday, 30 March 2009

Spectrum 16

I finally resolved to submit a piece to "Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art." This is a beautiful, yearly art book that I've bought since it was first published. It's full of work by many artists I admire and respect, as well as a bundle of talented people new to me. It has always been a great source of inspiration.

This is a competition though, and the art submissions are juried. This year the jury had over 5000 submissions, and from those, selected just over 300 to appear in the book. Needless to say, I'm quite excited about making the cut.

The majority of my work is coloring comic books. Illustration almost seems like a hobby to me, because I enjoy it very much, and don't do enough of it to earn a living from it alone. I've always felt though, that I could be pretty good at it if I could just put in the time and effort. I've still got a long way to go on this journey, but moments like this are enormously encouraging and validating. It gives me a little more spring in my step as I travel down this road of artistic enlightenment. I'm already thinking about doing a better piece for next year's edition, and hopefully one day, I'll be able to turn this hobby into a career.

You can click on the title of this post to view a complete list of artists in this issue of Spectrum.

This is the piece the jury accepted, it is © Christopher Chuckry. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 2 March 2009

This is me. I am happy. I am a green alien. Please don't tell anyone.

Pastel, ink charcoal on cardboard. © Chris Chuckry