I totally did not expect it…but guess who was one of the winners of the June competition for the SCBWI Draw This…..me! I was so not expecting anything at all from it. Seriously, I woke up that morning on July 1st, checked my email and saw that bulletin…and my name with the Congratulations. I had to rub my eyes and refocus to make sure what I was looking at was actually what I was looking at. It was very encouraging to see my art featured especially considering I was a nervous wreck trying coaxing myself to enter and follow through. I should have updated like…..weeks ago, but in the midst of moving and working and other distractions it was just hectic, but it’s ok. SO THANKS SCBWI!! I was unable to enter the July contest due to life, but I’ll most definitely try for next month’s prompt word. Of course I’ll let you know how that goes.
I decided to join SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) back in April this year. This organization is great. You get great exposure and I felt that it was a nice start to build up my porfolio. I wasn’t aware of this monthly contest that they had going on, but I seriously randomly came across it looking up information about contests and submissions. The rules of the contest is that they give you a word and you must illustrate the word in your own way. For example, the last month’s prompt word was “Feast”, so many artist drew illustrations of characters eating. This month’s prompt word is “Splash”. I’m not even going to lie, I was so nervous and had artist block for days trying to figure out what to draw for this contest. If I was going to enter this contest for the first time I better come in with some good work I told myself. I finally got an idea and I finished it exactly on the deadline, June 20th.
This was such a challenge because I had never drawn water and, oh gosh, water is very difficult in my opinion. You have to really look for the best way to draw water in your own style honestly. I don’t ever look or try for realism in my art, but I did want the look of water in this particular illustration. It’s very stylized but I think I got the feel of water and SPLASH. I’m pretty happy with how it came out. It was OK for my first entry. Two winners of the contest will have their work displayed on the home page and publicized through SCBWI social media channels. Sounds exciting right?! Even if I don’t win, it’s still good exposure and I’m happy about pushing myself to enter. Now that the contest is over, I’m anxiously waiting for the next prompt word so that I can get started on it and add it to my portfolio as well. YAY!!!
Lately due to some changes in my life, I’ve had to put away my traditional draw tools such as my markers and paints and had to go back to strictly digital coloring. It’s a bit more cost efficient and quicker to upload things so it has its perks. Going to miss my Michaels coupons but it’s OK. I’m just having to discipline myself with the digital coloring because it’s a bit of a learning curve, though I am getting the hang of it pretty well.
That is it for updates. Will update when new news comes up. Bye and Be blessed!!