Underlying pencil sketch and preliminary wash for a piece that will be given to the grand prize winner of a contest put on by the Mardigian Library at the Univ. of Michigan/Dearborn. I'll be giving a presentation on Saturday morning at the university for their Young Author's Conference. I was asked to illustrate the winning story and here tis. In her essay the young author shared a difficult true story about her family life and also her desire to create books for kids who, like her, have felt the pain of loving someone who can't or won't love back. A noble desire. She has some serious writing skills. I wish her courage, fortitude and hope that she continues to believe in her dream, in the near and far future.
Pencil, water color, 2013.