I found out recently that four illustrations of mine will be featured in Spectrum 14–the 14th annual of "the best in contemporary fantastic art." I hear you saying, (again, please don't look for the secret microphone. It embarrasses us both.) "Well, of course you got work in. You were one of the judges this year." I did indeed have that honor, and it may alarm you to know that judges even have their entry fees waived. But judges are also forbidden to vote on their own work, so all judges' work starts with a slight disadvantage. I had to depend on the other five judges to vote for me, and three of them were unfamiliar with my work going in. I think it's a good system, but if you disagree you are naturally invited to comment below.
I thought I'd show the pieces that got in, none of which can be found yet on my portfolio site. The first was created for a Magic: The Gathering promo card called Eternal Dragon:
The poor fellow is guilt-stricken over some past wrong, and bites his own tale in a symbol both of penance and eternity. The makers of Magic chose a version without the decorative border for their card, but I put it back in when submitting to Spectrum, 'cause that's how I roll.