Thursday, April 19, 2012

IF: Puzzled

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



  1. Love it Natalie!! The colors, the composition, the plummeting elephant, everything :)

  2. So pretty!! You did an excellent job. It's fun to see you grow through each new illustration you do. Have a blast today!

  3. It's great! I actually love the elephant falling from the sky with no explanation. It definitely adds an element of the strange and mysterious to a lovely winter scene. Then reading the text afterward was like solving the puzzle. :)
    I hope you had a great time at the conference!