The SCBWI regional conference in Denver picks a theme each year and gives us the opportunity to illustrate it. If you win, you get to go to the conference for free and they use your art on all the promotional materials. I usually try to come up with something to submit but this year is HARD. The theme for the conference is: The Future is Now: Surviving and Thriving in Today’s Children’s Book Market.
"The Future is Now" makes me think of 1950's advertising for all sorts of "modern" technology. And it also makes me think of astronauts and rockets which scrambled in my brain and turned into kids wearing vintage-style spaceman outfits. Check out these great photos I found online-
This one obviously originated at Getty Images, but I found it on the blog Amazing Artifacts. It hasn't been recently updated, but it's fun to browse through.
And this image came from another really fun old blog called The Spaceman's Toy Chest. I love those old photos!
Here's a very romantic photo that came from Favim's archives. Isn't it sweet?
Today I get to start carving my little spacemen linocut. Watch out, The Future is NOW!! :)