Halifax’s Best Visual Artist 2009 award

Best of Halifax Coast cover

Today I’m finally allowed to spread the word. This evening is The Coast’s Best of Halifax 2009 party where I will be taking home the award for Best Visual Artist here in my hometown of Halifax. Woohoo! The folks over at The Coast even asked me to design the cover for the newest issue promoting the event which hits the stands today. Golden vector madness.

Here are a few iterations of the cover as I progressed along with a shot showing the amount of vectors I had on the go:

The Coast Best of Halifax 2009

I know many of you took the time to throw a vote my way last month, even though you are not from Halifax or anywhere near. I want to send a huge thank-you to each and every one of you for doing that, it really means a lot to me given this award comes straight from my hometown. Thanks for the kind support, everyone. You are all my heroes :)

The Best of Halifax 2009 party is tonight at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (1723 Hollis Street) starting at 7pm, just print off this invitation to be let in. I’ll be sure to get some photos of the event uploaded as soon as I can.

So lets party, hope to see you there!


  1. Woohooo!!! Congrats James! You totally deserve it!

  2. Congratulations James!! You more than deserve it! And damn! It pains me to think of the amount of vector work you put into that cover!

  3. Awesome job Jim. You’re the TITS!

  4. james (Author)

    Thanks so much, gang. I really appreciate all the support.

    Matt, I’m both of them?! I’m humbled.

  5. Its a Well deserved one! … Congrats man!

  6. Hi Jim, Great cover. Congrats … Love the texture. Giulietta

  7. Congrats, dud. You deserve it. \:D/

  8. Job well done dudeman.

  9. Troy C.

    Hey you earned it…keep up the good work and I’m still looking forward to a new book with your recent works :D

  10. Kirstin

    Congratulations! What a great honor. That cover rocks. I especially like what you did with ‘The Coast’, it’s smokin’ hot. Party it up tonight!

  11. Hey James! Thanks for sharing some screens of the process with us. That’s the part i love the most about design, but something that is rarely on display.

  12. Surprised Photoshop didn’t make it in the final mix there! Vector gold deliciousness.

  13. james (Author)

    Once again, thanks for the kind words everyone!

    Courtny, the final step was Photoshop, but only to add some subtle textures and beef up the colors a bit. 95% was Illustrator.

  14. Nick

    Congratulations, Jim . Well deserved , you’re the hardest working big kid I know :) .

    If you’ve got a spare one, you should totally mail me a copy !

  15. YaY! you won! Congrats!


  16. Holy crap that’s a lot of vectors! HA! Very cool. Have fun, man!

  17. John Koski

    Congrats! Wish I could be at the party.

  18. congrats, you deserve it and we’re proud to have you in Halifax

  19. John

    WOW! I’m just starting to learn Illustrator and I didn’t know that stuff like that is possible! I wish I could be as good as you one day :)

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