This was my Tomie DePaola Award entry this year. I illustrated the line: "When Little Red Riding Hood had only been walking a few minutes, a wolf came up to her. She didn't know what a wicked animal he was, so she wasn't afraid of him." I thought it was interesting, since most traditional illustrations show Little Red Riding Hood with a cape, in the story, she is described as having a cap. I stuck to a minimal color palate: black, white, grey, red and peach.
The prompt for the SCBWI's Tomie DePaola award this year is to illustrate an excerpt of "Little Red Riding Hood" from Fairy Tales from the Brother's Grimm by Phillip Pullman. The German language version of the book has surreal sculpture illustrations by Shaun Tan. (For examples, see: http://www.shauntan.net/books/Grimm%20Tales.html ) The English language version, unfortunately, is without illustrations. I thought it might be a fun project to create my own illustrations for each story. Today's illustration is from the beginning of "The Frog King: Or Iron Heinrich." I was intrigued by the "Faithful Heinrich" character who had his heart bound with iron to stop his grief. I don't remember reading about him before in other versions.
Admittedly, I had a bit of trouble with the letter "Y." I didn't want to repeat a title (even though I've done several letters from the Harry Potter series, they're all from different books.) There's the yellow brick road, but I'd already used The Wizard of Oz for the letter "E." Even though I enjoyed that book very much, I've never been able to make it through the next book in the series. There's Ygramul the Many, but I'd already used The Neverending Story for "U." I also thought about picture books, but I don't think there's really anything I can add to the man with the yellow hat from Curious George and the illustrations from Extra Yarn are pretty much perfect... So after much searching for children's book characters, settings and titles, I scanned the index of The Classic Fairy Tales by Peter and Iona Opie. The illustration for the letter "Y" comes from a fairy tale called The Yellow Dwarf.
I'm an aspiring author / illustrator.