Golden Valley News

Congratulations to Megan E. West of 8th grade. She is the yearbook cover art contest winner. Here is what Megan had to say about her art and experience:

"When I found out that I was chosen for the yearbook cover, at first I was shocked because I don’t usually win things like this.
At first I was surprised, but then I remembered that I turned in 5 drawings in total so then I was no longer surprised. I was so excited to find out which one they chose. When I got my yearbook and I saw that they used another picture of mine for the autograph page ( which they rarely do ), I was so happy! It was like finding a little happy surprise in  my yearbook.
Cover: The picture used for the 2018/19 yearbook cover was something that I wanted to draw different than all of my other drawings. At first, it was a girl sitting on a Lilly pad picking flowers because that was what I would imagine when I would hear the word Lilly pad. As I started to draw it, I wondered what it would look like if I drew the girl as a fairy instead of a regular human girl. I liked it better as a fairy picking flowers on a Lilly pad so I decided to keep it that way. When I went to color her in, I decided to make her a water-themed fairy so I went for cool-toned colors.
Cover Winner
Autograph page: My inspiration for this drawing was again wanting to do something different from my other drawings. I wanted to go for a black and white theme and I wanted it to be something with feathers because I was obsessed with drawing feathers at the time. I was looking at some inspirational drawings of feathers that other people had done on the internet when I came upon one drawing that had a quill in it and someone was writing with it. I thought that it was a beautiful drawing so I decided to draw a quill with ink dripping from the tip. To give it more visual appeal, I decided to draw a ripple effect underneath it."
By Megan West (Eighth Grade Class of 2019)

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