Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 20, 2015

Take a Look Sunday – Elizabeth Rawls

See Bottom of Post For Participation Instructions:



Chris: These two characters are set up very well right away here.  We immediately ‘know’ the little girl is a spunky, individual ‘leader’ full o fideas, good and bad, and her dog is the loyal ‘follower’. (Not sure HOW the mustache stays on….)  Wish this was in color….some of the details in the shoe image are a bit hard to see in b/w but we get the idea. Hopefully some of that is resolved in color.  advice: don’t over color~ these are complex in detail and color needs to refine, not make it more unfocused and complex. Her head and hat seem a tad smaller maybe in the marching one? Somehow different.  Consistence in size and character are VERY important to all art buyers so do watch that closely.  LOVE the mutt…keep the shaggy coat when going to color…loveable. Good sketches.

Shoelaces-Schmoolaces-pg2croppedChristy: These are very sweet – and full of character!! I love the expressions, which are not “too much” but certainly convey the feelings of both the dog and the little girl in a subtle and humorous way. The action and flow of movement is nice, too; neither are stiff or rigid, but comfortable and “real”. Their personalities shine through.

These pieces need to be “finished” however. Right now, they are nice pencil sketches, but I’d like to see them either as final b/w illustrations, or in color. Depending on the medium, the whole feel of these pieces will change with color, and I’d love to see HOW! Both are very busy with lots of detail and a lot going on. I’d like to see how the artist tackles that in color, and whether they are able to keep the viewer’s eye moving through the “story” or if the viewer would get lost in the detail.

These pieces get a thumbs up on character and body/facial expression from me


Elizabeth Rawls has blended her counseling and fine art degrees to write and illustrate children’s picture books that encourage emotional intelligence and resilience through humor and imagination. She lives in North Carolina.


I want to thank Chris  & Christy for taking the time to share their expertise with us. It helps so many illustrators and is very much appreciated. Here is the CATugeau Agency website link:


For the next few months illustrators can submit two consecutive story illustrations for critique by CATugeau Agency.

If you do not have an agent and would like to be featured and hear what you should do or how it could be tweaked to help you sell your work, then please send Two SEQUENTIAL illustrations – not just 2 pages of illustrations, but two with the SAME “story/characters‎” to:

Kathy.temean (at) Illustrations should be at least 500 pixels wide. Please put ILLUSTRATOR PORTFOLIO in the subject area and include a blurb about yourself that I can use to introduce you to everyone.

Each Sunday one illustrator will be chosen.

If everyone likes this, we will continue until the end of the year.

CALL FOR ILLUSTRATORS: Remember I’m always looking for illustrations I can use with articles I post. Send to: Kathy.temean (at) Put ILLUSTRATION FOR BLOG in the subject area. Remember all illustration need to be 500 pixels wide. Include a blurb about yourself, too.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thanks for sharing your work, Elizabeth!! And thank you, Chris, for your thoughts!


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