Tomie dePaola Illustrator Award Entry ~The one that ALMOST was and the one that WAS





When the Tomie dePaola Award contest was first announced. I was very excited and filled with ideas. The prompt choices were Tom Sawyer, Little Women and The Yearling.

My first go at it was this one for The Yearling. While I liked working on this, Tomie’s words kept ringing in my ear, “I want to see an image, a style, a vision that I’ve never seen before – all in glorious black and white!”

Hmmm… I will add this to my portfolio but  I had another idea.   So I ended up submitting the one below.  This is my take. I love little furry creatures.

To see the other entries and there are so many fantastic entries, follow the link below!


Diandra Mae, a fellow Houston illustrator has been diligently adding entries to the Unofficial Gallery of the Tomie dePaola Award blog. Thank you Diandra for taking the time out of this busy holiday season!


  1. When the “Josh Pincus” awards roll around, you get first place.

  2. I’ll start writing my speech! Thanks Josh!

  3. Thanks for sharing a bit of your process here – I had so many different initial sketches, and another ‘final’ as well. May have to share mine sometime too. Yours are lovely – I can’t believe how real Meg’s mouse eyes are!

  4. Thanks Julie!
    Your entry is wonderful! The style is great, and it really stands out. I think Tomie is going to like it too!

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