I have not shared here that I received a Golden Press Card Award for the illustration I painted for The Metro Pulse a couple of weeks ago. It's an award given by the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists, and I received an Award of Merit (Second Place) in the Art Illustration category.
It's an honor as an artist to receive a journalism award. At the awards ceremony, I sat with Metro Pulse writers and folks from WUOT. (Jack Neely would have been sitting at my table if he didn't have another function the same night. Bummer!) I entered a world that evening that I know very little about but have much admiration for. It was a lot of fun to be a part of.
Hopefully, I'll have a chance in the future to do some more illustrations like this. (You need an illustration? You like my work? You have money? Email me!)
I have to thank Travis Gray, the art director at the Metro Pulse for asking me do the illustration in the first place and for giving me the freedom to go forward with my vision for it. I made the painting in about three days, and though it was new to work under such a tight deadline, it was a lot of fun.
And now I have a silver-lined certificate to show for it.