Saturday, April 26, 2014

Susanna Hill's Illustration Contest: Yes, you are an illustrator!

When I saw that picture book writer extraordinaire Susanna Hill was running a picture book illustration contest based on slightly off the wall fairy tales from her March Madness contest, I was intrigued. I had been following along with her blog as writers submitted their wacky version of such fairy tales as The Princess & The Pea, Goldilocks, etc. When the call came to illustrate the winning stories, I jumped at the chance. http://susannahill.blogspot.com/


At first, I was not going to submit it because I always second guess my illustrations. Are they good enough? Will I be laughed out of the picture book community? I didn't go to art school and I bet everyone else did. If you know what I am talking about, then I am here to tell you, I AM AN ARTIST + YOU ARE AN ARTIST TOO! If you love to make art, you are an artist. So go ahead and show it off to the world. Who cares if no one likes it? It's a part of you being expressed in the world. And chances are, some kid in some library somewhere who comes across the very illustration you doubted was good enough will be delighted with joy! Don't rob the world of the chance to see your work. Get it out there.

19 comments:

  1. Hi Sallianne,
    yay, your an artist...love your post and your illustration. Totally agree, if you love doing art then your an artist, no matter your age or if you've been to art school. I didn't go to art school either (wish I had) but hey. I'm having fun doing what I do...so glad you entered :)

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  2. You made my whole day! I was looking at your site yesterday and admiring your beautiful artwork. So coming from you, it's a real joy! Thank you!!

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  3. What a lovely unique style you have here! I love the whimsical feel to your artwork. I'm so glad you decided to enter.

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  4. Love your post and your illustration! I love the mix and match quality to the illustration. There is so much to look at, but my eye is still drawn to the main character. Your post is so true! It reminds me of Peter H. Reynolds "The Dot Book." I am glad you are making your mark, and inspiring other people to do it too!

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    1. How sweet you are to comment! Thank you for the comparison to The Dot Book. I love that book!

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  5. Sallianne - Yes you are an artist!! I love the depth and the texture of your artwork here. You really pulled out the important characters - the adventurous princess and the royal dog. This illo makes me want to rethink the ending where the mean Queen and the prince just never wake up and the princess and the dog live happily ever after! (too dark??) Great work!

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    1. Thank you!! That's too funny! Why can't the dog and the princess live happily ever after?? LOL

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    2. Yes, why can't the Princess and the dog be happy, leave Queen Mum and Mummy's boy Prince to their sweet dreams... :)

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  6. How colorful, Sallianne! So pretty :D

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  7. This is beautiful, Sallieanne! You are certainly an artist! I love the colors, and I think the princess is so appealingly depicted. I also love your picture at the top - so sweet! :) Thanks so much for joining in the fun!

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  8. Love your post and your illustration is SO "avant-garde"! Delightful interpretation!

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  9. So glad you submitted because, of course, you're an artist if you love to create art, like you said! :) Very cool collage art! I'll bet it was fun to do.

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  10. what a lovely and sweet illustration. well done

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  11. What a lovely picture! I love the bright colors. The dog is adorable. :-) Nice job!

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  12. Your comments are all so supportive and sweet. What a lovely thing to wake up to!

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  13. I am glad you had the courage to submit. Your illustration is wonderful. I especially love your dog and the CHEESE (LOVE dot candy!)

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  14. So creative and colorful. And thanks ever much for the pep talk. I waited until I was 57 to do what I love so much...create art and write - I needed someone like you years ago.

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