Discover your passion

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Sugar from the picture book Sugar and Spice By Kath unsworth

The picture book has taken a different turn AGAIN! When you think you know exactly where you are and then BAM! Something happens and you see an opportunity to grow.

Discovering how far you can take a dream is worth the effort. I’m in no hurry to finish. I want it to be the best of what I can produce. And so I took and online Craftsy course.

The Art of Picture books with Shadra Strickland

Shadra has opened my eyes to many issues with my layout, mood, perspective, the list is endless. I think its okay to take a step backward if it means you will learn. I’m making progress in more ways than I can imagine. Building skills I can put to good use over and over.

This week after many changes to my story I came across Susanna Leonard Hill’s post.


A competition for illustrators. The word DISCOVER is the theme.


does the illustration evoke a sense of story,
 – is the picture readable to a young audience,
 – how well does it show the character(s) and
 – is/are the character(s) appealing (character development),
 – originality,
 – skill.

My draft of Sugar the calf (above) discovering how frightful a day at the fair can be. Needs more work, I want to push it further I have submitted this image. I will be improving on it no doubt.

I am hoping to win the big prize, please wish me luck


I hope I filled the brief? What do you think? Would you vote for me after reading the brief?

About Minuscule Moments

Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year, as the same as last year, I want to finish my first children's picture book. I have learn't many wonderful lessons on this journey. You are never too old to learn.
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76 Responses to Discover your passion

  1. Dearest Kath, you are the embodiment of a quote I read by John Robbins.
    ‘Go forth and be creative, passionate and fully alive. Bring wisdom of your soul to bear on every choice, every experience, every breath and every moment ( however MINISCULE… my added words of wisdom;)
    The eyes in the picture tell the story. A moment of surprise but also fright?
    You’ve come a long way and passion will get you to the end.

  2. Letizia says:

    I love your illustration and the characters’ development and personalities really show through.

  3. You’ve certainly created interesting characters. What a sweet calf!

  4. Léa says:

    My fingers are crossed, but I have faith in your talent! It is hard to imagine your creations being improved on…
    Please forgive my delay. Too much going on at the present.

  5. tphumiruk says:

    Nice work! I love your bold palette! – Dow

  6. Luck luck luck and more luck your way!

  7. Kath … You captured the essence of that challenge. It’s great to see that the clowns might be scared. Years ago, I had a student in 7th grade who was so terrified of clowns that I had to give her an alternate reading assignment so she would not have to look at a drawing of clowns.

    Like you, I also signed up for a course – James Patterson’s MasterClass – in writing. Yes, you can gain a lot from courses like that. 😉

    • Thanks Judy i did not win but I believe I answered the brief well enough. I notice most of the finalists had their work digitised and I am a fan of freehand but it is not the case with most illustrations in picture book work, it all goes into programs to be shined and buffed. maybe one day I will go back and teach myself how to use them again. If you don’t keep up to date in the graphic design world its easy to be left behind.

  8. Dalo 2013 says:

    I love the way you opened this post ~ “Something happens and you see an opportunity to grow” – that is the best way to look at life either in play or work 🙂 As you noted the opportunities that present themselves that in the end will make things better and more beautiful. Luck (and talent) is on your side ~

  9. Love it, K. Really. And also how you put the brakes on and reassessed. No one’s chasing you, I tell my boy: SLOW down and do it right!


  10. Roy McCarthy says:

    Strikes a chord with me Kath, but I wonder have today’s young children ever been to a traditional funfair? I’m old enough to remember the clowns as targets for throwing but I haven’t seen them for years. Great work though.

  11. I think the illustration is full of character and definitely tells a story. There’s something good about when a story takes a different turn, but you know that it was worth the detour.

  12. Desi Clown says:

    Even before I read the brief, I could see that Sugar looked somehow scared, so I bet most others will be able to see too… (makes it worse if you’re afraid of clowns too :D) You’re very right in thinking of not rushing the picture book, and taking time to develop it in any new direction that presents itself, delivering the best you can.. All the very best! And, as always, loved the drawing

    • Awe thanks Desi I lose my confidence and it comes and goes, but as long as I keep trying. I’m back to looking over manuscript. Once I have that right everything else will fall into place. have great day, raining here.

  13. Looking through some of your posts, I realize what a great gift you have! I love your paintings, photographs and writing!! ~Sherry xoxo

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