The 2nd Annual Pretty Much World Famous Illustration Contest WINNERS!!!

Happy Friday, Everyone!

I know none of you has gotten a minute of rest or a wink of sleep for days, what with the torturous anticipation of finding out who the winners of the contest are!

No doubt you have paced a hole in your carpet!

But fear not!  The day has arrived!

Are you ready to see who won?

The 2nd Annual Pretty Much World Famous
Illustration Contest for Children’s Illustrators!
Great!

Me, too!

I just have one quick thing to say, which is that EVERYONE who entered this contest should be very proud of themselves.  You all showed up, put in the work, produced GORGEOUS illustrations, followed guidelines, and worked to a deadline – all very important skills to practice when illustrating and/or writing is your profession 🙂  Even if you didn’t make the finals, be assured that your illustrations were greatly enjoyed by many upon many!  Seriously!  I am not making this up.  The contest post with all your links had around 3000 views, which means lots of people were visiting you, even if they didn’t all comment!  So we are giving you a round of thunderous applause – clapclapclapclapclap!!!!! – and you should pat yourselves on the back and have an extra slice of chocolate cake – you did good! 🙂

So now, without further ado, by popular vote, the Winner of the 2nd Annual Pretty Much World Famous Illustration Contest and the opportunity to take Mark Mitchell’s fantastic Make Your Marks And Splashes online illustration course

DDDDDRRRRRUUUUUMMMMM  RRRRROOOOOLLLLLLLLLL  PLEASE!!!!…

Anna Totten!!!

Congratulations, Anna!!!

2nd Place, and winner of the Wacon Intuos Pen and Touch Small Tablet is…

Dow Phumiruk

3rd Place, and winner of the $50 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials is…

Cheryl Pilgrim

Congratulations, Cheryl!!!

4th Place* is…

Michelle Todd

Congratulations, Michelle!!!

5th Place* is…

The Write Laura

Congratulations, Laura!!!

6th Place* is…

Micha Klann

Congratulations, Micha!!!

*4th-6th Places may have their choice of any one of the following:

     – Writing With Pictures by Uri Shulevitz

  – a Canson sketch pad and a small set of Derwent or Faber Castell colored pencils

and of course you ALL get the bragging rights to having won or placed in a Pretty Much World Famous Contest! 🙂

Winners, please email me so we can talk details 🙂

Thank you again to all the illustrators who participated in this contest and treated us all to such beautiful artwork; to our wonderful judges, Iza Trapani and Lisa Thiesing, without whom we could not have done this!; and to all the readers and viewers who visited, commented, and voted to celebrate these talented artists!  It is all of you who make these contests fun and worthwhile!

Have a spectacular 4th of July Weekend, Everyone!!!

The 2nd Annual Pretty Much World Famous Illustration Contest For Children’s Illustrators!!!

WOO HOO!  The day has finally arrived!  It’s time for . . .

The 2nd Annual Pretty Much World Famous
Illustration Contest for Children’s Illustrators!

The ContestDraw/Paint/Create a children’s picture book illustration (no text required – art only) the topic for which shall be

discovery


Above all things, these illustrations are meant to evoke story, so it is crucial that they present at least one character, a setting, and ideally hint at/suggest some kind of plot or conflict idea.


Illustrations should be 8×10, horizontal or vertical, any medium, posted in jpg at least 72 px.  Illustrators may enter more than one entry if they’re feeling ambitious 🙂
Post:  Your entry should be posted on your blog between right now this very second and Friday June 26 at 9 PM EDT (contest deadline!)  Please add your post-specific link to the link list below which will remain up all week so that people will be able to come visit and enjoy your amazing artwork.  If you don’t have a blog but would like to enter, you will be able to copy and paste your entry into the comments below.  (If anyone has trouble commenting, which unfortunately happens, you may email me and I’ll post your entry for you!)

Judging:  entries will be judged by multi-talented, award-winning author/illustrators Iza Trapani, author and illustrator of over 20 gorgeous picture books, and Lisa Thiesing, author and illustrator of 40 beautiful and fun picture books and early readers!   Judging criteria to include:


 – does the illustration evoke a sense of story,
 – is the picture readable to a young audience,
 – how well does it show the character(s) and
 – is/are the character(s) appealing (character development),
 – originality,
 – skill.


They will narrow down the entrants to 6 finalists (or possibly a couple more or less depending on the number of entries :)) which will be posted here on Monday June 29 for you to vote on for a winner.  The vote will be closed at 5PM EST on Thursday July 2 and the winner will be announced on Friday July 3… along with something for the writers in our audience, so stay tuned! 🙂


The Prizes!:  There will definitely be a 1st prize.  Whether we give prizes for 1st only, 1st-3rd, or 1st-6th will depend on how many entries we get.  We need at least 12 entries to place through 3rd, and at least 20 to place through 6th.

We’ve got some great prizes lined up including a chance to take Mark Mitchell’s fantastic Make Your Marks And Splashes Online Children’s Book Illustration Class (a $249 value, but really priceless!)  This class is packed with video lessons on the topics of drawing, painting, and children’s book illustration and video interviews with children’s illustrators. It also includes three months of online group critique sessions (2 sessions per month, at this point) with Mark and guest instructors, so the winner could also get the equivalent of a portfolio critique if she/he participated in all six of the sessions.  You can read all about it here: http://howtobeachildrensbookillustrator.com/NewCoursehome2/

http://howtobeachildrensbookillustrator.com/NewCoursehome2/

Additional prizes will include:

 – a Wacon Intuos Pen and Touch Small Tablet (see details HERE)

 – a $50 gift certificate to Dick Blick Art Materials (which is online)

 – choices of the following books:
      – Writing With Pictures by Uri Shulevitz

  – a Canson sketch pad and a small set of Derwent or Faber Castell colored pencils

and of course the bragging rights to having won or placed in a Pretty Much World Famous Contest! 🙂

So ready, set, GO! artists!  We can’t wait to see what you’ve created!  We’re ready to be inspired! 🙂

Remember, add your post-specific blog link to the link list below or email your illustration to me for posting here!

Below are 9 entires (so far) in the post, and the link list is down below them.

Entry from Tina Marantette:

illustration copyright Tina Marantette 2015

Entry #1 from Kristeen Mathews: discovery on the farm

illustration copyright Kristeen Mathews 2015

Entry #2 from Kristeen Mathews: discovery in a book

illustration copyright Kristeen Mathews 2015

Entry #3 from Kristeen Mathews: magic discovery

illustration copyright Kristeen Mathews 2015

Entry from Julie Abery

illustration copyright Julie Abery 2015

Entry from Michelle Todd

illustration copyright Michelle Todd 2015

Entry from Abigail Hicks

illustration copyright Abigail Hicks 2015

Entry from Beth Gallagher

illustration copyright Beth Gallagher 2015

Entry from Meredith Pinkstone

illustration copyright Meredith Pinkstone 2015

Entry from Dyann Joyce

illustration copyright Dyann Joyce 2015

Entry #1 from Susan Klein

illustration copyright Susan Klein 2015

Entry #2 from Susan Klein

illustration copyright Susan Klein 2015

Entry #3 from Susan Klein

illustration copyright Susan Klein 2015


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And Now, That Announcement You’ve All Been Waiting For…!

Hi there, everyone!  Happy Monday!

Look at us: throwing routine to the dogs and showing up here on a Monday when (thanks to this crazy busy year) I no longer post hardly EVer!  We are such rebels! 🙂

I know why you’re here.  It’s because I told you on Friday I had something to tell you…

And I do!

And just wait until you hear what it is, because it’s SO AMAZING!

Are you ready?

You must be.

I feel like life has fallen into monotony and we’re all just going through the motions.  We need something to shake things up!  And I have just the thing. . .

Wait for it . . .

I’m considering getting my hair trimmed.

I know!  Earth-shattering, right?

It’s true.

After two plus (2+!) years of avoiding all institutions where shampoo and scissors coexist after the Great Hair Debacle of 2013, I’m thinking that maybe the situation is getting just a wee bit out of hand and I may require an eensy weensy teeny tiny little itty bitty bit off the bottom.

Just a smidge.

Nothing too drastic.

Nothing to recall the horror of April 2013!  *shudder*

But something.

Aren’t you glad you all came over here?  I mean, it’s not every day that news like this hits the world wide web!

Thanks for taking time out of your busy Monday to stop by and hear about my possible hair plans – the drama, the dilemma, the dream!  And hey!  This takes hair-brained scheme to a whole new level!

So really, thanks for stopping by.

Oh, and by the way, before you leave?

WE’RE HAVING A CONTEST!!!!!!!  Because it’s been ages and it’s high time we had some high jinx and shenanigans around here! 🙂

The 2nd Annual Pretty Much World Famous
Illustration Contest for Children’s Illustrators!

Yes!  It’s true!  We had so much fun with it last year, running the Illustration Contest on the back of the Writing Contest, that we’re doing it again!  Only this time, because we in the picture book world love, admire, and depend on our illustrators, we’re doing it the other way around – the illustrator’s are up first! 🙂

The ContestDraw/Paint/Create a children’s picture book illustration (no text required – art only) the topic for which shall be

discovery


Above all things, these illustrations are meant to evoke story, so it is crucial that they present at least one character, a setting, and ideally hint at/suggest some kind of plot or conflict idea.


Illustrations should be 8×10, horizontal or vertical, any medium, posted in jpg at least 72 px.  Illustrators may enter more than one entry if they’re feeling ambitious 🙂
Post:  Your entry should be posted on your blog between Monday June 22 and Friday June 26 at 9 PM EDT (contest deadline!)  You will be able to add your post-specific link to the link list on my Monday June 22 post which will remain up all week so that people will be able to come visit and enjoy your amazing artwork.  If you don’t have a blog but would like to enter, you will be able to copy and paste your entry into the comments below.  (If anyone has trouble commenting, which unfortunately happens, you may email me and I’ll post your entry for you!)

Judging:  entries will be judged by multi-talented, award-winning author/illustrators Iza Trapani, author and illustrator of over 20 gorgeous picture books, and Lisa Thiesing, author and illustrator of 40 beautiful and fun picture books and early readers!   Judging criteria to include:


 – does the illustration evoke a sense of story,
 – is the picture readable to a young audience,
 – how well does it show the character(s) and
 – is/are the character(s) appealing (character development),
 – originality,
 – skill.


They will narrow down the entrants to 6 finalists (or possibly a couple more or less depending on the number of entries :)) which will be posted here on Monday June 29 for you to vote on for a winner.  The vote will be closed at 5PM EST on Thursday July 2 and the winner will be announced on Friday July 3… along with something for the writers in our audience, so stay tuned! 🙂


The Prizes!:  There will definitely be a 1st prize.  Whether we give prizes for 1st only, 1st-3rd, or 1st-6th will depend on how many entries we get.  We need at least 12 entries to place through 3rd, and at least 20 to place through 6th.

We’ve got some great prizes lined up (and are still working on them…) including a chance to take Mark Mitchell’s fantastic Make Your Marks And Splashes Online Children’s Book Illustration Class (a $249 value, but really priceless!)  This class is packed with video lessons on the topics of drawing, painting and children’s book illustration and video interviews with children’s illustrators. It also includes three months of online group critique sessions (2 sessions per month, at this point) with Mark and guest instructors, so the winner could also get the equivalent of a portfolio critique if she/he participated in all six of the sessions.  You can read all about it here: http://howtobeachildrensbookillustrator.com/NewCoursehome2/

http://howtobeachildrensbookillustrator.com/NewCoursehome2/

Additional prizes will include:

 – a $50 gift certificate to Dick Blick Art Materials (which is online)

 – choices of the following books:
      – Writing With Pictures by Uri Shulevitz

  – a Canson sketch pad and a small set of Derwent or Faber Castell colored pencils

and of course the bragging rights to having won or placed in a Pretty Much World Famous Contest! 🙂

So artists, get out your pencils, paints, brushes, crayons, collage materials, magic markers – whatever it is you create with! – and see what you can dream up!  We will all be waiting with great anticipation for the fruits of your talent – to admire, share, and enjoy!  You’ve got 3 whole weeks – almost 4 if you post on the last day – so ready, set, draw/paint/create! 🙂

Have a marvelous Monday, everyone!

(Oh, and P.S. – if anyone feels like sharing this around to spread the word, that would be great.  I want to be sure illustrators hear about it so they can join the fun and be in the winning for fabulous prizes!  Many thanks in advance!)