For anyone who missed the news on Twitter, Facebook or meatspace, I've been shortlisted for the Kelpies Design & Illustration Prize! The what now? It's basically a competition run by Floris Books, an Edinburgh-based publisher, for artists/designers/wannabes (that'll be me then) to have a shot at designing a front cover for a book, following a brief provided by said publisher. So I had a go (but kept quiet about it to all but the Wife, lest I make a complete arse of the thing) and my design's been shortlisted. And here it is! Woo!
Now, I've got looooooads to tell you all about the process I went through in producing an entry myself, but that's for another, much longer and copiously illustrated post. In the meantime, there's a public vote aspect to this prize - votes won't decide the eventual winner (they've got their own judges for that) but there's still £50 for the most popular runner-up, and goodness knows I could do with a new pair of shoes. So, should you fancy exercising your democratic right, go to this voting site and click on... well, click on whichever design you like the most! If it's not mine, that's okay, I'll never know...
Anyway, the results will be announced on 10 April, so a while to go yet, but there's no time like the present. Vote! Vote! Vote!
Well, sort of. After writing this post, I started to realise that Falling Sky has really rather run its course. It worked fine as a general catch-all blog, but initial ideas about keeping it going as a specific artblog started to fall by the wayside - much cleaner to start a brand new blog, designed with that arty purpose in mind, without a decade's worth of posts to lug around.
So! Meet the Artblog! Which to my mind sounds like the Balrog's nerdier cousin - no bad thing. New life drawing post just around the corner, but until then here's the moon from 6:40am this morning, sketched on the iPod via Sketchbook Mobile.