Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Piece of the Pie

"Simple Simon" snapshot.
I want a piece of the illustration industry pie so badly I can't stand it.  So I keep cooking up kooky illustrations, concocting portfolio pieces, & baking up my style brand.

here is a peek at a piece I just completed for the 4th Annual SCBWI-Carolinas Art Contest.  I am stoked because Lucy Cummins, Art Director, Simon & Schuster, is this year's judge. She critiqued our portfolios at the 2011 regional conference and I just fell in love with her infectious enthusiasm for children's books and her uncanny sense of humor. I've grown tremendously since that review and I can't wait to gain further feedback from her professional eyes.

12 comments:

  1. Boy that pieman looks harried! Great expression, & I love the element of exaggeration. I think he should charge more for his pies, though, or I'd be likely to buy them ALL!!! :) Really nice piece!

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    1. LOL! Thanks Mit. That is actually "Simple Simon" from them Mother Goose nursery rhyme. That was our challenge. I cropped the pie man and the rest of the piece out since it is supposed to be a blind contest for the judge. I agree. The pie man should charge much more than a penny. :)

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  2. So fun and hilarious! Love the colors and Simon is awesome! Good luck with the challenge!

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    1. Thanks, Michaele. I've gotten such mixed reviews on this one that it has made me doubt my character choices a bit. But, Simon makes me laugh and I went through a ton of variations before arriving on this one. I guess he was dying to come out.

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  3. That is a boat of whimsy there Jen! ;)

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    1. Thanks, Travis. Did you enter this year?

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    2. I entered... something... ;) Was so last minute but I like where it was going. Stuck a pic on muh blog if you wanna peek.

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  4. this is fantastic, jen! best of luck with the contest!! :)

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  5. This is a really cool piece, Jen! I love your spirit on this blog, very much in the same spirit as mine and other artist/creators. Good luck on this! And keep up the daily drawing - that was also one of my goals for 2013. Cheers! :)

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    1. Thanks, Mauricio. I really appreciate the visit, comment and the follow.

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