Friday, December 24, 2010

Big News!! I won 2nd place in the Toronto Star's Emerging Artist Contest!!

I am sooo excited to share with you my big news! A few weeks ago I submitted this plasticine illustration to the Toronto Star's Emerging Artists Contest, and to my delight I won 2nd place!!!! Weeehooooo!
If you can get your hands on a copy of today's paper (yes that is Dec 24th) check out page A32. There you'll see the full article and both my 2nd place illustration and the 3rd place illustration (way to go Kyle Tonkens!!). I want to send out a big congratulations to the 1st place winner, Kelley Turgeon, who's gorgeous impressionistic Toronto Streetcar graces the front page! Way to go Kelley!!

If you don't have access to the paper version you can also see the top 10 on the Toronto Star's Cover Art Article, and Online Gallery, just scrolled down and click on the Related- Art Cover contest top 10.

The theme for this years contest was "Winter Holidays in Toronto". I decided I did not want to do the typical iconic image of Toronto like the CN tower, skyline or Nathan Phillip's Square, I wanted to capture something iconic but unique. So I decided on the Distillery District because of it's beautiful architecture, and heritage. It has become quite a little neighbourhood now, with many of the old building being converted into lofts. I wanted to show Toronto's diversity too, so I incorporated different enthnicities, ages, and  lots of fun holiday activities.
This was a really fun and technically challenging piece. I haven't tackled this type of architecture before and I am pleased it turned out the way I had hoped. As always feedback and critiques are always welcome and appreciated.

As this year comes to a close, I want to thank all of you for taking the time to pop over to my blog, and for leaving such thoughtful and heart-warming comments. I really appreciate the time you choose to spend here with me- Thank-you! :)

I hope you all have a VERY Merry Christmas filled with happiness and laughter.


Beth Tate said...

Congrats Suzanne! Saw your illustration on my way to work! This is just the start of good things to come, I'm sure. When I got to work I went to the e-version as well. Your photo is lovely. Way to go!

k.h.whitaker said...

Congratulations Suzanne, that is wonderful! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Shirley said...

WOOOOHOOOO!! CONGRATULATIONS, Suzanne! Way to go..that is fantastic news. I am so proud of you - your work is amazing and it is well deserved for sure. What a feat - that scene was so detailed and you managed to capture something that shined for those judges. Great job! What a way to start the holidays - hope you have a fantastic rest of the year and all good things in 2011!

Andrew Finnie said...

Hey hey hey what a great piece and a deserved win. Congrats!!!! sorry I have been away on hols. :)

Now I am back boo hoo !!!


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