The Tomie de Paola Award - 2014 Edition

© 2014 Sylvia Liu
I've been busy with end of school activities, family in town, working on client and other projects, and finishing up my entry for the SCBWI Tomie de Paola Illustration Award.

In this annual competition, kidlit illustrators vie for the grand prize of a free trip to the annual SCBWI New York conference and lunch with the judge, Tomie de Paola. This year, instead of choosing a winner at the end of the year, Mr. de Paola will choose ten finalists from a preliminary pool of entrants.

His assignment for the first part was to create a wordless story in four to six panels. I decided to use my penguin paintings that I had done previously as the first and last panels and paint four new panels that connect them. The image above is my entry.

It will be fun to see the other entries. Each year, Diandra Mae posts an unofficial gallery of entries. Check out last year's gallery, in response to a one-line poem about sneezes, and the winner, Akiko White, who made a cake illustration.

This was my entry last year:

© 2013 Sylvia Liu

Good luck to all the participants!

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