It should have something to do with children’s book illustration, or children’s book illustrators or drawing or painting or simply communicating to younger readers with your art.
By it, I do mean — your epiphany.
What epiphany, you ask.
The epiphany that you’re going to write and tell me about in your essay.
That high awareness moment you’ve had in the past 12 months, where something something seemed to break for you (in a good way) in your art-making.
The aha insight that came from within – or you were keen enough to really see when someone showed it to you or you read, saw or heard it somewhere.
What essay? I can almost hear you now.
The essay to win the contest, remember? The contest to win illustrator Will Terry’s eight video course, Children’s Book Illustration.
Keep it under 400 words and e-mail it to me at Mark@HowToBeAChildrensBook Illustrator.com
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Or, if you prefer, use the above form. If you don’t want to write an essay to enter the contest, use the form to express just exactly where you think children’s publishing is going, or discuss your favorite book illustrators or what you would like to see in the way of tech (or traditional art medium) trainings for visual artists. Your comments will get you a soapbox here.
But they won’t get you the prize. The prize will go to the composer of the best short essay ((300-400 words max, please) about his or her uniquely personal learning experience — pertaining to drawing, painting or children’s book illustration. Let’s just keep it to those skill sets.
No, the epiphany does not (at all) have to be a result of my courses or lessons. In fact (as much as I’d appreciate the references to me) your essay probably will be scored higher if your epiphany is of your own inspiration or problem solution.
It is true that many good essays already have been turned in since the launching of the contest in late February. But I want to make this an open competition — to everyone, not just those caring, responsible souls who always get their homework done early.
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