My submission for the August Society for Children’s Bookwriters and Illustrators “Draw This” challenge. The word was DIVERSE.
You can see lots more on Twitter: #scbwidrawthis or at the SCBWI online gallery.
This picture used to have a little girl in the middle holding her Greek mythology book and staring at a large owl. The idea was that she fell asleep reading the myths and had fantastic dreams. In this one, a giant centaur has replaced her, and he and his friends are falling in love the the Dryads–tree nymphs.
I’m excited to announce that I am now represented by Storm Literary Agency. I’ve been featured in the Artist’s Spotlight of their website for a few months, but now my writing and artwork are officially represented by the owner, Essie White. Looking forward to being part of the fantastic talent in this agency.
Theodora, a Byzantine empress from the 6th century, is quite a character. First, her portrait in mosaic from the walls of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy:
And here, I imagined what she might look like in profile:
There is a fantastic description of her in The Secret History by Procopius.
Princess Anna, the oldest daughter of Emperor Alexios I & Empress Irene, has to get dressed for her betrothal, and a dalmatic or over-tunic with patterns and jewels, is a must.
As a side note to these Byzantine characters, I am so excited to be attending the Bologna Children’s Book Fair this coming Monday, March 30 – April 2, 2015 and will also go to Ravenna, a Byzantine art mecca. I look forward to sharing the art & inspiration of the mosaics of San Vitale.