Well That's not a nice thing to say. Wait! What?
The email I received:
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.