You may have noticed that my last post, yesterday's Illustration Friday, was a Christmas card image from 2011. I drew and painted that just before Thanksgiving, over a year ago. So I did not create a fresh "snow" picture. I decided to slack off and post an old one.
I have excuses. It's been a hectic week at the day job what with all the year-end donations to process and the preparations for our annual holiday party. I've put in a fair number of extra hours the past few weeks. My daughter returned from college yesterday. And on the weekends, I've been working on this:
This is my submission to the SCBWI's annual Tomie de Paola Illustration Award contest. It's a scene from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, rendered in Photoshop using the scratchart method I've been trying to perfect recently. The challenge was to illustrate a scene of your choosing from Tom Sawyer, Little Women, or The Yearling in black and white. Since one of my goals is to illustrate middle grade novels, I thought I'd better enter the contest this year--you know--put myself out there.
If you'd like to see some of the other entries, take a look at the blog the SCBWI-Houston Illustrator Coordinator, Diandra Mae, set up: scbwicontest.blogspot.com.