Some of my FB friends put together a blog with their entries into the Tomie dePaola contest I mentioned in my last post. I’ve heard there were over 300 entries this year (last year there were around 150), but here are some amazing illustrations from hardworking illustrators. I’m proud to be part of this group. Good luck everyone!! Winners will be announced soon. Click on the big acorn on the right side of my blog to get to the gallery.
The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators has a contest from Tomie dePaola. Every year he gives an assignment from one scene of a classic picture book and we illustrate it with our own vision. The one who impresses him the most wins a trip to the NYC SCBWI winter conference! You better believe I was interested in that prize!
Here’s the scene to illustrate:
So they went along and went along until they met Turkey Lurkey
“Good morning, Goosey Loosey, Ducky Daddles, Cocky Locky, Henny Penny,
and Chicken Licken,” said Turkey Lurkey, “where are you going?”
“Oh, Turkey Lurkey, the sky is falling and we are going to tell the King!”
“How do you know the sky is falling?” asked Turkey Lurkey.
“Ducky Daddles told me,” said Goosey Loosey.
“Cocky Locky told me,” said Ducky Daddles.
“Henny Penny told me,” said Cocky Locky.
“Chicken Licken told me,” said Henny Penny
“I saw it with my own eyes, I heard it with my own ears,
and a piece of it fell on my tail!” said Chicken Licken.
“Then I will go with you,” said Turkey Lurkey, “and we will tell the King!”
I had 2 ideas, but could only submit one. 😦 Here they are:
Idea #1 was a conversation on FB with Turkey Lurkey & all his pals. I loved it, but wasn’t sure it was right for the job. I was worried it was too much of a one-panel cartoon, and didn’t have enough story telling – what happened before & what could happen next. So, I went with my second idea:
I love to try new things . . . well, not exotic foods or learning skydiving or anything like that, I like to try new CRAFTY things. 🙂 You know, those safe, colorful things that normal folks look at and say “Oh, you’re so crafty. I can’t even draw stick people. I could never do that.” Frankly (Mr. Shankly), I think most people have it in them to do way more than they give themselves credit for. You never know what you’re capable until you try.
Recently, I got the hankerin to learn how to crochet. I don’t know why I wanted to learn. It’s not like I don’t have a bazillion other things that need to be done around her. I have material to make valances for my kitchen that I bought last summer. I have photos to put into albums. And don’t get me started on the endless supply of laundry, dusting or dog hair tumbleweed clean up I need to tackle. I wanted to crochet. So sue me. Not only did I want to learn to crochet, but I wanted to make crochet critters! Yep, no potholders or baby blankets for this gal. (Did I mention I love a challenge??)
First I thought I should probably start off slow & make a hat. How hard could that be, right? Here is my first attempt:
I have no idea why it’s so wavy, but if there is a market for crocheted coral, I’m ready.
So, I tried again:
Flatter, but still pretty sloppy. I could stop there and make a coaster. Too ordinary though.
Heck, why don’t I just dive in and make a critter like I wanted to all along?? Don’t I always hear people say “Only have work in your portfolio like the work you’d like to do?” So why am I making a hat? I don’t like to mush down my hair anyways. By golly, I was going to make a monkey!!
A monkey head – not quite as round as the pattern, but I was keeping the faith it would all work out in the end.
Here are a couple little owls I did for the Illustration Friday theme “Silent”. Moms know all too well that when your baby is sleeping, the world must remain silent!
I created this by sketching it with a #2 pencil, scanning it in and then adding color in Illustrator with different transperancy styles. Hoot! Hoot!
Have you heard? Michelle Allen is having a giveaway over at her blog, Close 2 my Art. I really, really, really LOVE her artwork. This clock would look fabulous in my studio, so I hope I win. 🙂 However, I thought I’d share the news so you have a chance to win too. She is also picking 3 winners of some fabulous camera straps she created. Check out her site. Lots of very colorful & fun art that I know you’ll love. Good luck!