2013 scbwi TdP-Award – process and entry

Entries had to be submitted by midnight Friday. I’ll admit I found this year’s prompt tough, a bit abstract: illustrate the given poem prompt, geared towards the very young, newborn to 2yrs. I pondered. I made sketches…


…and goofed around in Illustrator


…and made more sketches, until, having 24 hours left to submit I finally settled!

TdP 1

I tried watercolor, and soon realized it just wasn’t going to happen that day (Friday, the 13th – hmmm…). So I grabbed my colored pencils and the fat graphite pencil, the one my friend Carsten gave me so many years ago. “Just keep it loose,” I repeated.

Copy 3

Finally some type, though the addition was optional.


The unofficial gallery of contest particpant entries, run by Diandra Mae (Illustrator Coordinator for the SCBWI Houston region), to whom we are all very grateful, won’t go live until January 10th, when a winner has been chosen by Tomie de Paola himself.