Two recent pieces.
Here's my entry. (When I thought of this idea, there was no way I could NOT do it.)
I thought in the past the posting deadline was the 10th of every month. Oh well, no biggie. I'll post here in the off-chance that they'll still take submissions.
The first one is from the Dec 2019 SVS contest, and the second one is just something I came up with that I ended up using in my SCBWI conference portfolio.
Here's my entry for December. I remember that feeling ... not fun. But now, all these years later, it can help inform a piece of art. So, there's value in all experiences I suppose.
I wasn't sure I'd be able to get one in this month due to some other projects. I was trying to come up with some kind of unique take on "shocking". This idea wasn't the direction I was going initially, but it kind of stuck with me so I went with it.
(Incidentally, I'm not even sure they make braces this way anymore. I've seen ones that are a bit more subtle, but this is what I had when I was younger.)
@drawnbyshawn Thanks again for all of the suggestions. Here's what I settled on. (Or at least, I think I'm finished. Who knows, maybe some minor adjustments before I post to the contest thread.)
@MikeCañas Yeah, the already-eaten apple cores is a good idea! That would really imply that he's taking the superstition to the next level (more than one apple a day). I'm going to try that along with the nervous expression. Thanks!
@TessaW Thanks! Yeah, I think I agree. Being that the second one focuses more on the calendar and date, I can see where it feels a bit neurotic. It is maybe more "staged" too, which is where the "stock photo" feel is coming from (???)
@jennyeickbush Thanks! I do see your point. The intent is that he has an appointment coming up that he doesn't really want to go to, so he's just going all-in on the apples to try and avoid it (irrationally). But, maybe there is an adjustment I can make to better sell that idea. Like, maybe make his eyes nervous and looking at the calendar to really imply that he's just kind of panicking and trying anything??? (Or, as you stated, I could step back and rethink from the perspective of the doctor.)