Susan S. Novich


Sketch to Final in Progress

It’s a beautiful day and I’m here in the studio with the windows wide open. With snow in the forecast for tomorrow, I figure I ought to take advantage! Here’s recent sketch I did, based on the 2016 SCBWI Tomie DePaola prompt from Philip Pullman’s version of Little Red Riding Hood:

“Once upon a time there was a little girl who was so sweet and kind that everyone loved her. Her grandmother, who loved her more than anyone, gave her a little cap made of red velvet, which suited her so well that she wanted to wear it all the time. Because of that everyone took to calling her Little Red Riding Hood.
One day her mother said to her: ‘Little Red Riding Hood, I’ve got a job for you. Your grandmother isn’t very well, and I want you to take her this cake and a bottle of wine. They’ll make her feel a lot better. You be polite when you go into her house, and give her a kiss from me. Be careful on the way there, and don’t step off the path or you might trip over and break the bottle and drop the cake, and then there’d be nothing for her. When you go into her parlour don’t forget to say, “Good morning, Granny,” and don’t go peering in all the corners.’
‘I’ll do everything right, don’t worry,’ said Little Red Riding Hood, and kissed her mother goodbye.
 Her grandmother lived in the woods, about half an hour’s walk away. When Little Red Riding Hood had only been walking a few minutes, a wolf came up to her. She didn’t know what a wicked animal he was, so she wasn’t afraid of him.”
I’ve had fun with the sketch and thought I’d make it into a cut-paper piece.  I’m heading to a children’s book conference this summer, so maybe once it’s finished, Little Red will come along for the ride!

Little Red Riding Hood in progress…