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Winning Combination


Last week I had a surprise visit from Brian Kaufman, the publisher of SubTerrain Magazine and Anvil Press. Brian happened to be at Oeno Gallery and saw my work. Owner Carlyn Moulton sent him my way and we got together for a coffee on the back deck. It's always nice to have visitors from distant locations, Brian lives and works in Vancouver. Even better when it's someone who has handed me one of my all-time favourite projects.

Second surprise: on Friday night my work made the finalist list for the best illustration at the Western Canada Magazine Awards. (Actually two of the five choices for the award were pieces commissioned by SubTerrain). The illustration for Lee Kvern's short story Detachment won gold! 

Detachment is a beatifully written short story about a girl growing up in a remote RCMP police detachment. I was drawn in immediately and had vivid images come to mind, scribbling down thumbnails as I read through. I was given creative freedom on this project and it's rewarding to see my interpretation of the story recognized by the judges. Lee won gold for her writing as well. A double victory for the magazine.

You can read about the entire project, a cover-to-cover edition illustrated by yours truly. Work on this project has also been recognized by American Illustration and the Society of Illustrators NY.

Thanks Brian, Lee, and the Western Magazine Awards!

Reader Comments (2)

I love this post, Carl. Nice that you got to meet Brian face-to-face. It was the same for me. I flew out to Vancouver for the awards ceremony amidst the worst flood ever here in southern Alberta. And lo, who should be sitting beside my sister date, but Brian, whom I hadn't meet before. We had a great evening as a result of that lucky happenstance/chance. Super lucky along with our wee gold wins. A fun night all around. I went and asked if you'd come, but alas, not that lucky!

June 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLee Kvern

Lee, would have loved to have been there - I am glad you could make it. I was happy to meet Brian K in the flesh, too. I hope your home wasn't affected by the flooding, it's a real mess, isn't it?

June 28, 2013 | Registered CommenterCarl Wiens

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