Phew! August was a busy month. going back to casual teaching in a primary school has not only been nerve wracking and exhilarating but also taken up a lot of what would usually be my writing and illustrating time. But nevertheless, I kept on time with each illustration if if it was by the skin of my teeth. So here they are:
Week 31: Shakespeare
I decided to use good old fashioned pen and ink as this was the first thing that came to mind when thinking of shakespeare. he would have written all his manuscripts and plays in pen and ink, probably with a quill, but I didn’t go that far. 😉 But I did look for a Shakespeare quote to help me with my idea.
Week 32: Fabric
I am still keen to keep improving my digital skills and The Princess & The Pea came to mind.
Week 33: Mythology
Drawing characters is also another area I want to improve, especially cute ones like this little fella in his dressing up outfit as Medusa. I think Book Week must have been on my mind as my kids were dressing up during this week for Book Character parade. My daughter went as Tweedle Dee and my son as Asterix, although living in Australia not many of his friends knew who he was, in jersey they would have done, especially being only a couple of hours away from France.
Week 34: Japan
This one was tricky for me. I had never been to Japan so couldn’t draw from memories. So I decided to do another little character/figurine.
And then finally the full results for the CYA Conference Writers Competition arrived in my inbox. You can go to this link here: Final results. Initially you get to find out whether or not you are shortlisted, which I was and you can read about it here: CYA Conference 2015. Then you get the judges feedback which is so valuable but this doesn’t tell you where you came in the ratings but the Final results do.
So here are my results:
Category 1 – Picture Books – Preschool ~ Suzanne O’Sullivan, Lothian Books, Hachette – my manuscript TEN LITTLE RANGERS came 9th out of 107 entries.
Category 2 – Picture Books – Primary ~ Suzanne O’Sullivan, Lothian Books, Hachette – my manuscript THREE GREEDY PIGS came 7th out of 147 entries.
Category 4a – Chapter Books ~ Suzanne O’Sullivan, Lothian Books, Hachette. – my manuscript THE WOODLINGS came 1st out of 16 entries. 🙂
Category 4b – Chapter Books ~ Suzanne O’Sullivan, Lothian Books, Hachette. – my manuscript SIRONA”S SECRET came 3rd out of 36 entries.
I like to know where I am placed. It help me see whether or not I am improving, which manuscript is my strongest and most appealing to it’s reader and which manuscripts to get polishing ready for submitting to editors/publishers.
This weeks’ illustration is Week 35: Botany.