Local illustrator to fly SA flag in Hollywood

By Nicola Daniels Time of article published Jul 23, 2021

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Cape Town - Flying the South African flag proudly, Oranjezicht resident, Stephen Spinas, will travel to Hollywood as a winner in the Illustrators of the Future Contest and be published in the international best-selling anthology.

“I am excited to go to Hollywood. It has been an absolute dream, and to represent South Africa is an incredible opportunity. The dream is to release my own comic book under a big name, to create art that will live forever and change the world for the better. So this will be a great networking experience,” the 33-year-old said.

If logistics allow, Spinas will travel to Hollywood in October for a week-long workshop and he will be honoured at a black-tie awards gala, apart from being published in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 37.

The prestigious writing and illustrating competition is currently in its 38th year and is judged by some of the premier names in speculative fiction. The Illustrators of the Future Contest judges include Bob Eggleton (11 Chesley Awards and 7 Hugo Awards), Larry Elmore (Dungeons & Dragons book covers).

Spinas said he had come across the competition on Twitch.

“I submitted three art pieces. It was three book covers I did. They told me I made it to the final, but they could not use it because it had been published, so I sent some comic book art which included a portrait of a royal cat caricature and a Viking lady, then I forgot about it and months later, they called me to say I won and would be flying to Hollywood,” he added.

From humble beginnings as a 2-D background artist, Spinas has since earned professional titles in the art world, including apprentice, designer, director, CEO, and all while still trying to make it as an illustrator.

With a passion for the visceral and an uncanny talent for bringing complicated concepts to life, he has been involved in numerous projects with clients from across the globe. Inspired by the likes of Jim Lee, Bernie Wrightson, and Riccardo Federici, Spinas possesses a distinct and instantly recognisable style: bold, gritty, and richly detailed.

He is currently engaged as director of an indie publishing house.

Spinas is also calling for support of his Kickstarter campaign called Lovecraft in a Time of Madness, an anthology collection, statuette, audio dramas made up of 21 tales of horror and 21 illustrations to match those tales.

Featuring work from writers around the world, the campaign can be found on https://www.kickstarter.com/projects

Cape Times

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