Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 7, 2016

Take A Look Sunday – Elizabeth Martin

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 talking about Elizabeth Martin:

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What a fun piece of art! I really like the palette and energy in this piece. I like these characters and want to see more of them and their antics. The characters and style look very contemporary yet classic enough not to become outdated. This piece certainly makes me want to see more of these friends and their antics.

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While the palette remains excellent and consistent, I am afraid I do not care for the profiles of these characters. They look stiff and the characters look too much alike. I suggest reworking the faces here and giving the girls different features and hairstyles and work on their chins and mouths. hairstyles In the first piece, I didn’t even notice that they both have the same hairstyles because so many good things were going on. Also, the blond girl doesn’t look like she is sitting on the tub–she is going to land on floor. I know from the first piece that you can make this as great as that one. If you have problems with profiles, as many artists do, put them in the tub and show a frontal view.

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

Elizabeth Martin is an author/illustrator. She went to St Martin’s College of Art and then to The Royal College of Art in London. She presently lives in San Francisco.

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:


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,


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