I am terribly excited to attend my first SCBWI conference this weekend in Bettendorf, IA. On Friday I will attend a workshop for illustrators with my friend Candace. We were assigned a text to illustrate for the workshop. You can see her sketch here.
This is a new kind of illustration for me. I usually paint pictures that can be understood without text. But if someone views this illustration with out the text, I am sure they will be quite puzzled by the elephant falling from the snowy sky. Hopefully the "Magic Show" poster will help explain it!
Illustration assignment text:
Not far from the Apartments Polonaise, across the rooftops and through the darkness of the winter night, stood the Bliffendorf Opera House, and that evening upon its stage, a magician of advanced years and failing reputation performed the most astonishing magic of his career.
He intended to conjure a bouquet of lilies, but instead, the magician brought forth an elephant.
The elephant came crashing through the ceiling of the opera house amid a shower of plaster dust and roofing tiles and landed in the lap of a noblewoman, a certain Madam Bettine LaVaughn, to whom the magician had intended to present the bouquet.
—Exerpt from The Magician’s Elephant
by Kate DiCamillo
Have you heard the story about the Wide Mouth Froggy? My husband sang me the song last night. His father used to sing it to him when he was a kid. I love it. The song starts, "I'm a wide mouth froggy, what do you feed your babies?" Do you know this one?
This is a commission for a little boy's nursery. I made a couple changes to my first sketch. The setting is different (though not set in stone) and there is more interaction between the characters. The turtle is pulling a little sailboat for the rabbit and has a picnic blanket and snacks tied to his shell. This is going to be a chalk piece. I am cutting and preparing the board tonight. Looking forward to starting!