SCBWI.org) sponsors the Tomie dePaola Award, given annually to an illustrator of promise chosen by Tomie himself. I have entered for the past 4 years as I have found that it's been a great opportunity for me to work on something that could become a new portfolio piece. I really enjoyed working on this piece because I have been writing a bit more, and trying to develop characters and stories, and this exploration of a character-driven prompt was right up my alley!
This year's prompt was to create a visual sequence of a character..here is the brief:
Visual sequence is key to conveying feeling, action, storyline,
interest and character, especially in children’s book illustration.
One of the hardest things to do is to know your character so well—what
he, she, or it looks like, how they move, how they project emotion, and
at the same time to make the character immediately recognizable and
consistent —all without resorting to a generic depiction, but making
sure your character has charm, individuality and special qualities that
make young readers fall in love with them. All of this is the same
whether your character is human, animal, and yes, even vegetable! (Maybe
inanimate as well)
The task is to create a six-panel sequence that has a beginning, middle
and an end that is obvious, featuring a character of your own
invention. It can be funny, sad, dramatic or ordinary, but interesting
and with lots of invention and finesse.
I understand that there are computer programs that make “sequence”
easier than good old-fashioned drawing. But, I don’t know any of them. I
leave it to you.
SPECS: 4 to 6 panels – illustrator’s choice
SIZE: 8 ½” x 14” – horizontal or vertical *Please note–this is
the size of the entire piece, not the individual panels.
COLOR: B&W or Full Color – your choice
Please view the Unofficial Gallery here, for all (most of?) the entries to this year's contest, and here for the 10 semi-finalists, Mr. dePaola has chosen to move on to the finals. Best of luck to everyone!
if you can tell what's going on in my word-less sequence...your
feedback would be greatly appreciated for my personal development as a
visual storyteller...so please, be as critical as possible, I can take
it! :) And thank you! ~ Shirley