(Doesn't that sound so Shakespeare-y? It's like Good Morrow :))
I know none of you has gotten a minute of rest or a wink of sleep for days, what with the torturous anticipation of finding out who the winners of the contest are!
The First Ever Pretty-Much-World-Famous Illustration Contest!!!
You've probably gnawed all the erasers off your pencils, bitten your nails to the quick, and lost 5 pounds from being unable to contemplate the idea of sustenance whilst in such a heightened state of suspense! (That's okay, it means you can have triple helpings of chocolate on Wednesday when you stop by for Would You Read It :))
So I will not keep you in suspense any longer!
(I would not want to be responsible for one more brow wrinkle or gray hair of consternation and anxiety! :))
I just have one quick thing to say, which is that EVERYONE who entered this contest should be very proud of themselves. You all showed up, put in the work, produced GORGEOUS book covers (which our authors are all so thrilled about!), followed guidelines, and worked to a deadline - all very important skills to practice when illustrating and/or writing is your profession :) Even if you didn't make the finals, be assured that your illustrations were greatly enjoyed by many upon many! Seriously! I am not making this up. The contest post with all your links had around 3 thousand views, which means lots of people were visiting you, even if they didn't all comment! So we are giving you a round of thunderous applause - clapclapclapclapclap!!!!! - and you should pat yourselves on the back and have an extra slice of chocolate cake - you did good! :)
Also, I had a lovely time at the Hudson Children's Book Festival on Saturday. I got to see my dear friends Iza Trapani (she of illustrious judging fame :)) and Nancy Furstinger, and I had the honor of being placed at a signing table right next to none other than Jane O'Connor (you know, Fancy Nancy Jane O'Connor!) I felt like I was very much in the wrong place next to all that famousness!
And then I spent all day Sunday driving to Boston...
You don't care?
That's kind of rude, don't you think? When I was about to tell you about how I was
Oh gosh! Right! I was supposed to be telling you about the winners! Sorry. My bad!
DDDDDRRRRRUUUUUMMMMM RRRRROOOOOLLLLLLLLLL PLEASE!!!!
The winner of the First Ever Pretty Much World Famous Illustration Contest and a portfolio critique by Michael Garland!!! is:
with her stunning cover for Elliah Terry's The Jackrabbit Who Cried Gila Monster!
In second place, winner of a $50 gift certificate to Dick Blick Art Materials is
with her bold and colorful cover for Mike Allegra's Goldilockup
In third place,*
Louis Davilla Wiyono
with his humorous cover for Mike Allegra's Goldilockup
In fourth place,*
with her winsome cover for Mike Allegra's Goldilockup
In fifth place,*
with her delightful cover for Jennifer Caritas's The "Princess" And The Pete
In sixth place, winner of a Canson sketch pad and a small set of Derwent or Faber Castell colored pencils is
with her mischievous cover for Elliah Terry's The Jackrabbit Who Cried Gila Monster
* Third, fourth, and fifth place winners each have their choice of any one of the following books:
- Writing With Pictures by Uri Shulevitz
- A Caldecott Celebration - Seven Artists and Their Paths to the Caldecott Medal by Leonard Marcus
- Show & Tell - Exploring the Fine Art of Children's Book Illustration by Dilys Evans
- 2014 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market by Chuck Sambuchino
Winners, please email me so we can talk details :)
Thank you again to all the illustrators who participated in this contest and treated us all to such beautiful artwork; to our wonderful judges, Iza Trapani and Lisa Thiesing, without whom we could not have done this!; and to all the readers and viewers who visited, commented, and voted to celebrate these talented artists! It is all of you who make these contests fun and worthwhile! Hear! Hear! What the heck! Even though it's not Wednesday, let's have a little chocolate all around! :)
Thank you, thank you, thank you, ALL!!!
Have a magnificent Monday, everyone! :)