Pushing my Envelope, Tomie dePaola Entry 2013
"White Alley, Jim. And it's a bully taw!"I have been a Mark Twain fan for as long as I can remember. So when I read the guidelines for this year's Tomie dePaola's SCBWI illustration award I decided to take the challenge. The requirements were to create a black and white illustration depicting a scene from one of the classics; Tom Sawyer, Little Women or The Yearling.
|"My! Dat's a mighty gay marble, I tell you! |
But Mars Tom,I's powerful 'fraid ole missis--
Although the whitewash scene has been done many times, I found it ironic that I couldn't find any images with Jim the slave boy as Tom's first victim. He was bribed with a marble, a White Alley!
It's always a fine line for me between realism and whimsy. So once I had my idea, I had to decide how best to show it. I am constantly searching for balance, pushing to find my voice while keeping rich and interesting characters.
Constantly evolving, it's the process that I love. I'm never quite sure where it's going, and then suddenly it all falls into place. The many things I learned from this project will help for the next one. There are things I love about the finished image and as always things I would do different. But that's what great about this job... there's always next time! This was a great project. Thank you Tomie dePoala for the challenge!
.....And it doesn't hurt that the winner receives an expense paid trip to this year's SCBWI Winter Conference.