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Brian Stauffer
SPD 46th ANNUAL AWARDS
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In February I was honored to hear that two covers of mine from the past year had been nominated to receive gold medals in two categories.  Alina and I are both very excited to be heading to NYC for the gala event this friday. 
 
The first image, cover #6 from the ongoing WORTH Magazine cover series, has been nominated in the Best Cover Design category.  The cover utilizes layered varnishes on black to define the tree forms while the bull is rendered in metallc gold. A big thanks goes to Art Director Dean Sebring for working so collaboratively, and also to the Publisher Adam Sandow for creating a space for this cover series to happen.  It's a rare opportunity that am deeply grateful for.  For those of you who have not yet met Dean, he's taking a rare night off to attend the gala!  Buy the guy a drink!  He needs it!
The second image, nominated for a gold medal in the Best Cover Illustration category, appeared on the cover of the SF Weekly. A heartfelt thanks goes to Art Director Andrew Nilson for giving me such a rich topic to work with.  I've been contributing to various Village Voice Media papers first as an AD, and then as an illustrator for the past 19 years.  It was at their paper, the Phoenix New Times, that I took what I thought would be a temporary job.  Little did I know that the editorial hook had been set so deeply in me.

I congratulate all of the nominees and wish them the best.  For me, simply being nominated by SPD is an award in itself.  I hope to see you all at the event!

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