This little piggy just got me into the 40th Annual SCBWI Summer Conference for FREE! Back in February, I entered this little racing guy in a local Los Angeles SCBWI scholarship contest. I try to enter at least the local illustration contests because it helps to keep my foot in the door and it's a really good incentive to do some new work. The prompt for this contest was just one word: "cinnamon". It took me a few days to come up with what I thought was a good concept. I brainstormed in the shower, while driving to the grocery store, while IN the grocery store...everywhere. Finally, I came up with this:I wish I could've spent quite a bit more time on it, but it did the job!
I'm just so excited that I get to attend all three days of the conference this summer! I didn't go last year because I had a tight deadline on a project I was working on (pssst....The Really Groovy Story of the Tortoise and the Hare). And I think I only attended one day of the conference the year before. So, I'm totally due for attending all three days. This time, I'll be able to split my time between the illustration sessions and the writing sessions. I've never sat in on any of the writing sessions before, so I'm really looking forward to working out those creative muscles. Can't wait!