This morning I heard the UPS guy drop something off on my porch. I'm always ordering used books on Amazon, I figured that must be it. I opened the box and. much to my surprise pulled a shiny metal plate engraved Highlights High Five Puzzle Poem Illustration of the Year, John Steven Gurney, "Spider Shoes", 2010. I went back to my front porch to see if any paparazzi were lurking about, but no.
Well, media circus or no, I'm delighted to get any kind of positive recognition. "Spider Shoes" was an illustration I made for Highlights High Five magazine sometimes last year. One of the fun things about it was that it was one of the first true oil paint/photoshop hybrid. I like the way the oil painted underpainting texture carried through to the finished illustration.