While completing a few projects, I also wanted to make time for an entry into the SCBWI illustration contest "Spring Cleaning Surprise". I really liked the idea behind this theme.... a spring cleaning frenzy, a character, and a closet that hadn't been opened in a long, long time. So what would be inside?
I had a bunch of ideas for this, dinosaurs, a fairy-tale land, the moon, etc. but it was my son who told me it would be so cool if there were penguins in the closet. That said, I decided that it certainly would be surprising to throw open a closet door and find it was a secret entry into the Artic (not to mention cutting down on the expense of traveling there). I had to throw in a polar bear too. You can't have a tundra scene without a polar bear.
The illustration was created in watercolor and prismacolor on Arches paper. Would love your thoughts on this one. I hope you have a wonderful start to the week and thanks for taking the time to stop by today.