Monday, October 26, 2009

Spectrum Showcases Fantasy and Science Fiction Illustrations

Spectrum, the fantasy and science fiction illustration annual, (left) announced that submissions are now being accepted for Spectrum 17. The Call For Entries poster (right) is being sent to illustrators who indicated an interest in entering. This year's poster was designed by comic artist Paolo Rivera.

Spectrum is open to any artist. International entrants are welcome. Students, fine artists, and illustrators are all treated equally. There are no limits on the number of pieces an artist can submit and there is no pre-screening prior to judging.

Spectrum is sold in the mass market through all the major bookstores. Copies are also sent to many art directors and publishers to maximize exposure for the artists featured in the book.

Cathy and Arnie Fenner started Spectrum in 1993 beause there was a tremendous amount of high-quality fantastic-themed art work created each year that wasn't being represented in other annual art books and shows, Spectrum was established to provide creators with a regular showcase for the best fantasy, science fiction, horror, and otherwise uncategorizable artwork created each year.

In 1993 A Call For Entries went out to the arts community and the response was overwhelmingly positive. A blue-ribbon jury convened to make selections from the work submitted and the results appeared in the first full color book, Spectrum 1, published by Underwood Books in 1994. A new installment in the Spectrum series has appeared every year since. Spectrum is designed for readers who enjoy fantasy and science fiction art and serves as a resource for art directors, art buyers, and artists.

Spectrum was the first to specifically feature categories devoted to 3D, comics, and unpublished works. Likewise, Spectrum was the first book to significantly cut the time between the jury's selection and the appearance of the annual: some of the other books appear up to two years after the close of their competitions, whereas Spectrum appears within eight months of our jury's selection.

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Click on the heading above to go to the Spectrum site.

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