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There were all sorts of wonderful submissions for last month’s Draw This! prompt. My favorite takes were by Sanne Dufft, Julie Rowan-Zoch, and Patricia Kresiser.

April’s prompt word is “Surprise.” Here’s my submission:

This illustration is 7″ across by 7″ high, and roughly 5″ along each of the edges. For this collage, I simply slipped the fries into the packaging instead of gluing them down, which makes for some hidden surprises when you peek inside.

 

For the 2017 Tomie dePaola Award, Tomie invited SCBWI illustrators to mine their memories for a significant moment from childhood and create a self-portrait that might appear in a picture book.

I’ve included humans in only a handful of cut paper collages, so I saw this prompt as an opportunity to stretch my skills and step out of my comfort zone.

I settled on picking out my first pair of glasses. Here’s my illustration:

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The winner and runners-up were announced today. Congratulations to Katya Tabakh for her soft, snow-swept illustration of sledding at night! You can find her submission here.

Diandra Mae, the illustrator coordinator for the Houston chapter of SCBWI, has assembled an online gallery so we can see all the other submissions, too. Stop on by! (My illustration is on this page.)

Thank you to SCBWI and Tomie for this challenge! And thank you, Diandra, for collecting the submissions and sharing them with us!

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Last month, I turned 30. My brother, Philip, journeyed from Hays to spend the weekend with us, my husband took me to Oceans of Fun, and my family treated me to The Cheesecake Factory.

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My “little” brother, me, and Aaron

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Mum and Dad in pointy, shiny hats!

They spoiled the pants off me. By night’s end, I had eight tubes of gouache paint, two Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable brushes, a John Pike Big Well Palette, the Color Mixing Bible, and Color and Light: A Guide for the Realistic Painter. What more could an illustrator wish for?

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I put my new supplies to use for September’s SCBWI prompt word “Muse.”

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This illustration is approximately 5.5″ tall by 5.5″ wide, painted in gouache on hot press watercolor paper with a dash of sea salt.

The process was unusual for me. I decided on a water nymph the day the prompt was announced, but it was another week before I settled on the nine fish (one for each Greek muse) and arrived at a sketch.

I painted the first layer this past Wednesday, a second on Saturday, and a third on Sunday. Still, I couldn’t get the fishes’ texture quite right. I came back later to puzzle it out. The solution was to sprinkle in salt!

The beauty of cut paper collage is that you can pull everything apart if it doesn’t look right and put it back together. Gouache requires more consideration. While I can always rewet the paint or add a thicker layer, each color must be mixed, each brushstroke is intentional. As James Gurney says, you have to make a plan and commit to it.

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For August, SCBWI featured the best 20 entries for Write This! in an online gallery. The chosen descriptions are truly exceptional. My favorites:

The storm spirits were coming. They’d heard me. Far off poplar leaves danced frantically, silver side out. Seconds later I felt the breeze engulf the backs of my bare legs, softly, from the wrong direction, like the heavy, wet breath of a hunting hound. – Kari Percival, Website

For the past three days the sun had not moved from the center of the sky. Blood red, it glared at Spring Valley like the eye of an angry god, wilting the waist high corn and shriveling the hollyhocks. Everyone had the same question: Who was responsible?David LaRochelle, Website

I’m itching to read these books!

The September Write This! prompt is: In 50 words or less, give us a first impression of your character’s new teacher. Here’s my submission.

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Graphic courtesy of MorgueFile and QuotesCover.