A little about my artwork:
I interpret the words written on a page by telling the story behind the story working with pen and ink, watercolor and Photoshop, I fuse old techniques with modern ones to create a world that every drawing can speak to a child or grownups.
This year’s assignment is to cast yourself, as a child, in a picture book. Show your autobiographical character in a scene and make sure to convey the emotion of your character.
The viewer should be able to read the emotion of the character immediately and clearly.
No words or captions are allowed in the image.
The dimensions of the original image are up to you, but you must print it out on an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper.
Submissions will be mailed to the SCBWI office, and we will send them to Tomie dePaola for judging."
How am I going make it work? What parts of my childhood am I going to share?
Something fun like sledding?
Or not a great student in school or...
Some of the early sketches trying to figuring out how much of myself
Unfortunately you did not win the Tomie dePaola award, but you did win First Runner-up! Congratulations! Your beautiful piece will be featured on the website when we make the announcement tomorrow.
As you may remember from past years, Tomie likes to include his thoughts about the winning pieces on the website, so that everyone can learn from his award and his choices. Here are his notes about your piece:
What a very nice surprise when I turned over this illustration and recognized Stephen’s name. I remembered his work from previous assignments, and we’ve met at the New York Conference.
In his piece, he’s taken his sketchy line and colored wash to a new level especially in his self-portrait. The mood, the body language and the hidden face are very moving to the viewer. Again, I “want” to know more: What’s going on, can I help? I’m interested!
Again, a small critique. I wish more care was taken with the background and the left front of the image. I read “shirts – maybe” for the background, but still, “What is that on the bottom left?”
Great job, Stephen. Keep it up. You’re on to something.