Monday, June 16, 2014

Tomie dePaola Entry 2014

This year's challenge came a lot earlier and was SO fun! I love projects that really push you just a little bit further. This year's challenge is a 2-part. The first part was to create a 4-6 panel series (while fitting within the limits of an 8.5 x 14 page) It could be BW or full color & vertical or horizontal... most importantly the panel of illustrations were not allowed to have any words! They had to portray a visual sequence that conveyed a feeling, action, storyline, an interest and character.

I have been working on these characters Blueberry & Carrot for a while now. It's a story that has been unfolding for the past 4 years. I actually worked on three different stories and simplified them down to 6 panels, but at the Illustrator Day in Philadelphia this weekend someone mentioned again that Tomie wanted to be surprised...

The ending of the other two stories were great compositions, but kind of a boring ending. Blueberry & Carrot have so many adventures, & this was one of them. It's not perfect, but hopefully you get the idea of the story & the adorable dynamic between these two!

So grateful for Tomie's generosity with so many illustrators and mostly for believing in everyone and pushing the bar a little higher every year!

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