Illustration Challenge #5: Where the Sidewalk Ends

(My personal Illustration Challenge for 2017 is to complete one 'page spread' from a popular, modern or classic children's story each week, picked randomly from a hat. Using lines from the original text, I am re-creating the 'imagery' in my own way, just for fun!)

We have only just received a copy of this classic work by Shel Silverstein; the collection of his poems Where the Sidewalk Ends (first published 1974).

And I love it.

Both the kids and I dip into it, and always find something amusing. It was very hard to choose which poem to illustrate for this challenge (and I know, it's not strictly a story, more a collection) and of course there is the slight problem that Silverstein's own illustrations were created to work hand-in-hand with the text, but hey, it's all practice for me.

Silverstein's drawings were simple black and white pen sketches, seemingly effortless, so I returned to pen for this one, but kept a bit of pencil texture in the background. I think the combination works. Not too sure. It sort of encapsulates both sides of my style - fine lines and texture. If I could really make this combination work, I would be very happy indeed.

My Illustration
for 2017
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