© elizaebth patch illustrationThis summer I’ve been drawing, drawing, drawing!
Trying to finish the pencil work  for Amanda’s Big Dream ,
written by author and eating disorders specialist Judith Matz.

Amanda loves to skate and dreams of a solo in the Ice Show.
But she begins to have doubts about her dream after her coach suggests losing some weight.

Above is the work-in-progress for the “I quit!” page.
Amanda feels frustrated, angry and hurt, throws down her skates and quits her dream of being a star…
But in the final illustration she reminds me of a little super-hero,
not defeated but strong and powerful!

This studio shot of my light box (used for tracing) shows Amanda flying off the ice after she falls and then sees kids laughing.
Of course, she thinks they are laughing about her size!
As you can see, I keep revising to get the correct body language that expresses both her feelings and how a child skates.

Girls are bombarded with media images every day
that promote an obsession with size and beauty ideals that are almost impossible to achieve.
It starts long before they are reading fashion magazines!
Most cute, successful, popular, athletic, adventurous, attractive and lovable
characters in children’s books, cartoons (and even toys!) are thin.

Too many little girls believe that being thin is the ultimate dream…

We hope that Amanda’s story as she follows her dream will promote positive body image for girls of all sizes,
and help kids, parents and teachers talk about some challenging topics.

Ideas for talking with girls about body image in the media:
Girls and Body Image Tips

I made a  Facebook Fan Page for Amanda’s Big Dream.
I know it’s not finished (OK, it’s just about empty…)
Click of the LIKE button to show support for our book project!

Thanks! elizabeth