Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Illustration Contest Win!


This past weekend was the Midsouth SCBWI conference in Nashville for children's book writers and illustrators. I won the illustration contest there - whoo hoo! The Art Director from Henry Holt, Patrick Collins, gave the illustrators text from a couple picture book manuscripts, and we painted a spread from one of the books for the contest. The text on my illustration above is from the picture book, Don't Lick the Dog, written by Wendy Wahman.

The conference was fabulous and I intend to blog some of my notes next week. Right now I'm heading out on a roadtrip to the Highlights for Children Illustrator's Weekend and to visit friends on the way. Highlights magazine hosts an Illustrator's Weekend every year where they invite their illustrators to eastern Pennsylvania to relax, view portfolios, square dance, and get dressed up in crazy costumes. I'm excited!

12 comments:

john hicks said...

Congrats!!!! Thats awesome!!!!

roberta baird said...

Congratulations Kristi.... have a great weekend away.... put on those square dancing shoes!

Kathleen Rietz said...

Such wonderful news! I am happy for you!!

Kelly H-Y said...

Congratulations! Wonderful illustration ... I can see why it won!!!

Amberbop said...

Oh Kristi! Looking at your artwork it's so obvious that you deserved this! (Of course I knew that already). I hope you have something flouncy to wear for optimal square dance twirling. Have fun!

Loni Edwards said...

Congratulations Kristi! Love the illo!

Oh what fun to go to the Highlights Illustrators Weekend! I saw an email about this and so wanted to go! Have fun and blog about it when you get back!

Chuck said...

It was great to meet you at the Illustrator's Party Kristi! I'm sorry we didn't get to talk much but we will have to next year!

Emily said...

Congrats! I like how expressive she is all the way to her fingertips! Have fun!

Vicki said...

Adorable! I love it!

Lynne Chapman said...

Sorry I'm a bit late but CONGRATULATIONS - it's a great spread. Well done!

Wendy Wahman said...

Hi Kristi,
Katie Mitschelen sent me your link and WOW! is all I can say. I love what you did with my text. I'm guessing Patrick did not show the book before the assignment, in which case that we both chose to hand write the word 'Enough' is doubly cool.

I can't wait to buy Cora Cooks Pancit and follow your work!

All the best,
Wendy Wahman

Kristi Valiant said...

Thanks everyone!

Chuck - it was great to meet you too at the Illustrator's Party and congrats on your new little girl!

Wendy - wow, thanks for commenting. I'm so glad you enjoyed my art with your text. Patrick didn't show us your book beforehand, so it was super fun to see all the different approaches that the illustrators took to illustrate the text, including your own! Congrats on your future books that you have coming out in the next couple years that I saw on your website. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your books out there.