Thursday, April 11, 2013

Rising Stars 2013

The votes are in, and we have our very first winners for Muddy Color's 'Rising Stars' Showcase! Each of these artists has won free display space at this year's Spectrum Fantastic Art Live.

The winners are...

A former Librarian, Kimberly currently resides in Utah, where she spends her days in the studio nurturing her love of portraiture and fantasy art. As an aspiring artist who feels she still has much to learn, Kim is a devoted student who juggles her time between family, school and private commissions.

Ryan Lee is a freelance artist currently doing contract work for Ubisoft and contributing his works to the Safehouse Studios of San Francisco, CA. He is also a volunteer educator at the Safehouse Atelier where he provides instruction and tutelage for illustration, drawing, and painting.

Long fascinated by the complexity that makes each person unique, Mia's work attempts to give shape to these unseen forces within her subjects; their thoughts, memories, emotions, and complex histories. In 2007, Mia graduated as Valedictorian from Otis College of Art and Design, with a BFA in Illustration. Her work has appeared in numerous periodicals, including Spectrum, Imagine FX and Juxtapoz magazine. Her fine arts have appeared in galleries across the country, and is currently represented by Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles.

Elisabeth A. Pulido is a recent graduate from Brigham Young University’s Illustration BFA program. Currently, she lives in the Los Angeles area, building her freelance career while studying with some of the artists she admires most. Liz will be attending MICA's graduate program this fall, and looks forward to developing a career as a children’s book illustrator, graphic novelist, and concept designer.

Congratulations to all our winners. The competition was incredibly stiff.

And thank you to all who submitted! Our panel of 5 jurors (Arnie Fenner, Donato Giancola, Greg Manchess, Dan dos Santos, Justin Gerard) had a really difficult time culling our 257 entries down to just 4 artists.

Sadly, there were so many gorgeous pieces that missed the final running by just a vote or two. Below is just a small sampling of some of the stellar art that we received.

We sincerely hope all of you will continue to nurture your abilities, and consider submitting your art again for next year's showcase.


  1. Wow, awesome stuff. I'll definitely be submitting again next year!

  2. Some really nice stuff here.

    Congrats to all!


  3. Congratulations to the winners, and thank you for giving us the opportunity. I'll be at Spectrum Live and will definitely stop by to check out the winners' work!

  4. Well, i'm glad I got my own show space instead of trying for this... So much incredible work! Now I feel like I need go do 100 paintings today. Congrats everyone!

  5. Congrats to the winners, very well deserved. Wow there is some stellar work! I don't envy you guys trying to find the top four.

  6. So much gorgeous work... congratulations to all the winners, and I am especially pleased to see Kim Kincaid's name in there! Way to go, Kim!

  7. This is such a wonderful thing!! So much appreciation to you Muddies for promoting the up-and-comers. And muchly congratulations to the winners!

  8. Lovely works everyone. I don't envy the judges their task of picking winners...when there were so many winners to chose from!

  9. Big congrats to all the winners! Such inspiring work! I too am excited to see your name Kim - your work consistently blows me away. Also great to see your work up there Adam and Rick! I'm floored by all the entries - amazing. Back to the drawing board :)

    - John Anthony Di Giovanni

  10. Superb work here. I am hoping that every single artist on this page has a site I can check out for more wonderful art.

  11. You all are great for doing this. Really great entries. I don't think the world will run out of good illustrators soon.

  12. Awww heehee, I tried. :) BUT WOW, these artists are amazing! Like...woah. Congrats to everyone! They all deserve it!

  13. I'm floored.

    Congratulations to the winners (and finalists), and bravo to the Muddies who decided to make this showcase possible.

  14. Wow, these pieces are amazing. Congratulations to the winners, it's well deserved. Such beautiful work!

    I'm all embarrassed I submitted my work now seeing the stellar quality of these, I think I'll wait a few years or five before submitting again, heheh.

  15. Congrats to the winners! This was an amazing opportunity.

    Thanks for taking the time to view everyone's work as well.

  16. A BIG "Thank You!" to the Muddy Colors members for giving artists such a wonderful opportunity. Congratulations to all the winners! And may all these rising stars shine brighter and brighter! :)

  17. Congratulations to all the winners, you all deserve it. Each of your pieces beats with the amount of work, devotion, and skill that you each possess. I think "rising" will soon be deleted from your title.

  18. Congrats you guys. Very inspiring work every one. Well, back to the drawing board.;-)

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