Society of
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Tomie dePaola Recipients



Winner: Sandra Ure Griffin


Make an illustration in black and white, including half-tones, from a classic.

Choose a passage, line or description from one of the following books:

“Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott

“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain         

“The Yearling” by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

On winner Sandra Ure Griffin from Tomie: I want to say a few things about black and white. On the whole it is much harder than full color, which some of you may have experienced. Especially when the illustrations were more tonal than line drawing. There is a tendency for the images to get overly dark and muddy, rather than rich.

When I was studying at Pratt in the fifties, one of my most exciting instructors assigned us the task of copying a Daumier black wash drawing. The lesson has never been forgotten. We learned to build up the dark tones slowly therefor making them richer. Just a word of advice. I found this to be a general problem with many of the entries.

A few other problems I encountered in some entries included not black and white (black and white means no color); portraying human characters as "cutesy" animals (this is not appropriate for the age group of these books); and finally, a lack of respect for the historical time period in which the story takes place. That said, on to the pieces I really liked. 

Sandra Ure Griffin's black and white portrait of Jodi and Flag is heartwarming. Her style is her own. The menacing bear is a great touch, and her technique works brilliantly for me. I kept on coming back to this illustration over and over again.

Honorable Mentions: Brent Beck, Anni Matsick, Bradley Cooper, Stephen Ingram, Alice Ratterree, Sarah Dvojack, Andrea K. Lawson



Winner: Yvette Piette Herrera

-Resources-Image-YvettePietteHerrera_1st PlaceH456W500A1Prompt:

Illustrate the following passage from Chicken Lickin:

So they went along and went along until they met Turkey Lurkey
“Good morning, Goosey Loosey, Ducky Daddles, Cocky Locky, Henny Penny,
and Chicken Licken,” said Turkey Lurkey, “where are you going?”
Oh, Turkey Lurkey, the sky is falling and we are going to tell the King!”
“How do you know the sky is falling?” asked Turkey Lurkey.
“Ducky Daddles told me,” said Goosey Loosey.
“Cocky Locky told me,” said Ducky Daddles.
“Henny Penny told me,” said Cocky Locky.
“Chicken Licken told me,” said Henny Penny
“I saw it with my own eyes, I heard it with my own ears,
and a piece of it fell on my tail!” said Chicken Licken.
“Then I will go with you,” said Turkey Lurkey, “and we will tell the King!”


On winner Yvette Piette Herrera from Tomie: "My number one choice was the illustration by Yvette Piette Herrera. The characters were well personalized with a very nice nostalgic touch to them. The round composition was a clever way of telling “a round robin story.” This illustration was my favorite." -Tomie 

Honorable Mentions: Carrie Eko-Burgess’s, Rotem Omri’s, Lori McElrath-Eslick



Winner: Katia Wish

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Prompt: Illustrate the opening of the classic book Heidi by Johanna Spyri

On winner Katia Wish from Tomie"The composition of Katia's piece is very striking, as is the point of view," said Tomie. "I like her painting style and the figure of Heidi is full of life. I also like the way she placed Heidi's face against the black skirt of the adult figure. The vertical shape of the illustration gives the viewer a real sense of the mountains and I love the way Heidi is being 'pulled' into the picture."

Honorable Mentions: Julie Phillipps, Bradley Cooper, and Nancy Davis.