I started off the weekend meeting up with Cynthia Sheppard, with whom I'd spend my time during the event
One of the highlights of my weekend was meeting a huge idol of mine, Iain McCaig. I literally ran into him on my way out of the hotel and got to spend a few minutes hanging out with him, chatting about Star Wars and Barbecue. I attended one of his workshops and even managed to fight my way through hordes of art students to get my copy of Shadowline autographed and sketched. Shortly after that moment, the convention hall closed down and everyone gathered at the Midland Theatre for the awards ceremony. I witnessed Iain McCaig win the Grandmaster title and it was a surreal experience. He was given a standing ovation and it was just incredible to see him take his place among other Grandmasters such as Frank Frazetta, Syd Mead, Ralph McQuarrie and James Gurney.
I can't get into every detail about every experience
|Iain McCaig sketching in my copy of Shadowline moments before winning 2014 Spectrum Grandmaster.|