The Contest Winner

Before I introduce our winner I must strongly suggest that you visit last week’s post where the Honorable Mentions were displayed. Strongly. I’ve mentioned (probably way too much at this point) how difficult picking a winner was with the mass of great entries I received. You really ought to check them out. Again, the link is here.


So I’ll just throw the winner’s name in here before I go into my schpeal so you don’t have to wait any longer.

The winner as chosen by a panel of about ten separate judges is…(drum roll drum roll drum roll) Victoria Spurling!!


If you’re dying to see the winning entry it’s further along towards the bottom, but Victoria entered a few drawings and I really liked all of them and since I kept her off of the Honorable Mentions page entirely I’m going to go ahead and share her other work with you.

First we have this (click for full views):

I’ll be honest, it took me awhile to place this picture. It’s been more than two years since I wrote Probability Angels and you’d be surprised how many pieces of the world I created got lost in the nether over time. Eventually I was able to lock this down as Matthew at his wife’s funeral when he first meets Epp, and then I didn’t feel so bad about not being able to place this picture immediately because that is a scene that never actually plays out in the book. Matthew talks about it and describes it but we never see it. Which makes it a pretty cool scene to pick in my mind.

Next up Victoria submitted this:

I absolutely loved this one. I think, and I hope I’m not wrong here, but I think it’s still in rough sketch form. Then again some of my stories have been called unfinished when I consider them done so maybe this was as far as Victoria wanted to take this. All I know is that if this was fully colored and detailed it would be hanging on my wall right now. Well…actually a lot of the entries are on my wall right now but this would have wound up framed and stuff. This is Matthew’s first (or seventh) attempt at reaching the top of Everest, a task he is blissfully unaware is impossible for him. The look on his face, the tuxedo shoes, the little hint of Epp at the top watching him fall all come together into a nice capturing of one of my favorite moments in Probability Angels.

What can I say? I’m a sucker for Epp’s hard-nosed teaching style.

All right, time for the winning work of art. Simple and clean, yet somehow capturing a lot of mood as well as conveying a lot of Matthew for a picture that merely represents the back of his head. The judges choice for the Joseph Devon Fan Art Contest 2010:

Thank you, Victoria.

And thank you all for entering, spreading the word and, you know, all that stuff.  We will be doing this again.


  1. Congrats Victoria, nice work there, very rustic and fits the theme perfectly. Was a pleasure to lose to you ^^


  3. Congratulaions Victoria!