|leftmost image ©Aaron Renier - right two images ©Norman Rockwell|
Then it struck me that all the readers in these illustrations were boys! As soon as I decided on a little girl reading, the rest fell into place pretty quickly. I tried to pick a few cool fictional characters and a few inspiring real-life ladies and then I used some reference from old Nancy Drew covers and a particularly blatant swipe of The Accolade by Edmund Leighton to finish things off. I had a lot of fun building up the top half of the composition with successive layers of the same blue. I'm pretty happy with the end result!
The next theme: Pen and Paper!