Every summer the Hollins University Children's Literature program is the host of the Francelia Butler Conference. The conference is student run and promotes what we have been working on both in illustration and creative and critical writings. This year's theme is Into the Woods: Critters, Creatures, and Magical Helpers.
A couple months ago a t-shirt design contest was announced for the conference. I came up with this design inspired by Russian fairy tales and my own memories of wandering through the neighborhood woods with my sister and cat. There were several submissions featuring birds, squirrels, dragons, and more. I liked all of the designs that my fellow classmates came up with quite a bit, so I knew it was going to be a close contest.
I am pleased to announce that my design won! My illustration will be featured on conference t-shirts and printed material. I can't wait to see them!