Mom’s Artwork::Exhibit 10: Simple Simon

I’ve written about my mom’s tenure with the Famous Artists School several times. I found a few more of her assignments today.

This one I remember well. She used an illustration from one of my books as the model. I don’t know it it was cheating or not, but the evaluator had a few suggestions.

Mom’s assignment

She pretty much copied the pie man from this image.

Illustration from The Junior Instructor Book 2 (I always wondered why this illustration made Simon look like a girl)

The instructor, and in my opinion, rightly so, suggested that Simon look more adorable than scary. They provided the following feedback and redrew the scene to illustrate their opinions.

  • Make Simon smaller & lovably goofy, clearly indicating his financial predicament.
  • I like your dog, to which you can add other child pleasing small animals, fowl, turtles, birds and animated thistles
  • This is a nonsense rhyme, so have fun!
  • Emphasize the bakers white costume with value contrast
  • Unify the lively fair to avoid spottiness
  • Lower the horizon to make the baker larger
  • A vignette edge is more interesting and creates air around the figures

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