Long-time Winner

I’ve done an illustration for a story, Long-time Winner, by Sharon Boyle, for Fictive Dream, the online magazine devoted to the short story.

I made two versions for editor Laura Black and she picked one of them to accompany the story. But which one? Go to Fictive Dream, read the story, and find out!

Here are the two illustrations. I created them using collage, acrylics, and inks on paper. They are approximately 7″ x 11″.

6 thoughts on “Long-time Winner

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you, I was kind of at a loss what to do for a pciture or two here – it was the bones aspect that I had to really think about – but I like how they came out.

  1. Laura Black

    I really like both of these illustrations very much and either would have been a great match with Long-time Winner by Sharon Boyle. It took me quite a long time to decide between the two but, in the end, I chose the second artwork. The main reason was probably that most striking cobalt blue sky. In addition, I was swayed by the arrangement of the ribs. And, is it my imagination, but does the child look a touch more vulnerable in this illustration because only half of her is visible? That’s my sense of things, anyway. Thank you, Claudia, for an image that works beautifully.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I really enjoyed this assignment – I had an immediatge idea for the color scheme, and I knew I wanted to include the girl. The bones kind of threw me for a bit and I had to make quite a few “samples” until I was satisfied. The different placement of the figure does make a difference as to how the viewer places themself in the scene. And I think that influences what impression the girl makes, in a subtle way, as to what her attitude or her situation might be. Consider the technique of having an element of the picture progressing in or out of it vs. having the elements presented as if on a stage. I agree, it makes a difference.

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