Meet Francis. Every day, Franics' mom made him wear the argyle vests she handknit for him. They were made with much love, but he was too young to understand. Francis got made fun of. A lot.
The part of the day he liked least was his walk home from school. Yet he never walked, he ran. Dippity stick in his mouth till his tongue bled, he had no fear. The sugar buzz gave him super running powers, and he made it home before the bullies ever caught up.
This is how the illustration looked about halfway through:
...and the final piece:
Here is how it looked at the art display on Saturday night at the SCBWI conference, and on the right is a photo from NYC which features a famous little runner, Eloise!: