About a month ago, I entered a contest. It was the Tomie dePaola Illustration Contest through the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
The assignment was to illustrate a passage from the book Heidi which was provided for us. It was an early passage, basically introducing the landscape and the fact that a little girl, Heidi, was being dragged up the mountain by her aunt. She was wearing every stitch of clothing she owned and was hot and tired.
Somehow I got it into my head that it would be cool if I put the landscape in Heidi's coat. I guess I wanted her to stand out more than her surroundings. So I cut the pieces out of paper and sewed them on with embroidery floss. That took a little time ...
... but I was loving the results so I kept at it.
Well, it paid off. I didn't win, but I got an Honorable Mention and that's none too shabby. And, BONUS, Tomie DePaola saw my work! That is pretty darn cool.
Here's the link for the contest winners.