Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 17, 2016

Take A Look Sunday – Valeria Wicker


Ronnie started the Herman Agency in 1999 and represents many of the leading illustrators and author/illustrators in today’s children’s book market. As a former Art Director at Random House and Art Director, Associate Publisher and V.P. at Penguin Books’ Grosset & Dunlap, Ronnie art directed thousands of children’s books during her more than 20 years in working for major publishing hosues. Ronnie is also the author of 12 children’s books and one of her books has been on the NY Times best-seller list. Ronnie and the Agency are affiliated with the following organizations: SCBWI, Authors’ Guild, Graphic Artists’ Guild, U.S. Association of Accredited Business.

Here is Ronnie Herman owner of the Herman Agency in NYC:


This piece by Valerie Wicker could be a starting piece for a story about a very little squirrel (note how large the acorns are compared to her) who, bright and early on a lovely fall morning, is taking off for an adventure, or who is looking to settle someplace new. As he walks along happily, he comes upon a grandfather tree. He looks very kind and wise as he is gives Little Squirrel advice about something. This is a strong water color piece, and I like the way the red dotted pack on the stick picks up the red dotted mushrooms.


In this next piece, Little Squirrel has made a new home of stones and is quite pleased with his accomplishment, as he should be. It looks like a lovely home with a beautiful roof of fall leaves. I think Little Squirrel built the perfect home to hole up in with his acorns for the winter that is coming. Once again, we are reminded how small Little Squirrel is because of the size comparison of him and the acorn and leaf on the ground. It must be chillier today because Little Squirrel is wearing his warm knit hat–I like the touch of blue that it adds to the image.


And in this third images, our Little Squirrel has on his pajamas and is settling down for the night–it is a beautiful clear night with a moon and many stars. Little Squirrel looks very comfortable settle down in a tree trunk. I wonder why he left from his stone house. His hat is off, and he is nibbling something–what is it?? Cheese or even a marshmallow? Did he have this in his pack? Whatever it is he is quite content. I like the red pajamas and blue hat and sky. Good consistency throughout with your main character–nice and plump and always the right size compared to the acorns.

My only suggestion is that I hope the whole book won’t have as limited a palette as the these images. It would be great if in some of the spreads the sky could be a bright clean blue, sometimes there can be more colored leaves on the ground and in the trees, etc. But for these 3 images, what has been done is very good. I think young children will take to Little Squirrel and enjoy his adventures.

Have a great week, everyone! Until next Sunday ~ Ronnie

Thank you Ronnie for taking the time to share your expertise with us. It helps so many illustrators and is very much appreciated. Here is the Heman Agency website link:


BIO: Valeria is an aspiring children’s book illustrator who attended and graduated from Italian Art and Design Institute in Rome, Italy. She has been drawing ever since she can remember and loves every type of art.  Her favorite technique is watercolor and pencils, although the use of Illustrator and Photoshop fills a great part of her daily work, she always prefers handwork lets her imagination unleash.

She resides in eastern Pennsylvania with my husband Mike and our five beautiful children.


If you do not have an agent and would like to be featured and hear what is working or how it could be tweaked to help you sell your work, then please send Two SEQUENTIAL illustrations (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.

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. Thank you so much Ronnie! And thank you Kathy for hosting this awesome blog 😊


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