Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 14, 2016

Take a Look Sunday – Lisa Anderson

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 discussing Lisa work:

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Lisa Anderson is the artist of these two beautiful pieces. I don’t know the medium but I imagine in is gauche, or maybe watercolor. I do know that he colors sing and make me feel happy. Such beautiful rich fall colors. I this top image I am not sure what the 3 radiant circular points are here for but they feel magical and must be pointing to some wonderful thing that is transpiring. The little one on the lower right of the image almost looks like a yellow moth. I wish I had some text to help me decipher what I am seeing but I do know that I really love this image and the touch of the one red berry is perfect. Are we looking at leaves and a stick floating in water near a forest?

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​These little acorn babies are marvelous! I want to read a whole book about them. Here we are, now on the forest’s floor with our whitiesthree sleeping acorn babies. Hush, don’t wake them, whatever you do! Beautiful details and, once gain, delicious fall colors. I am wondering if perhaps this is a wordless book. I would so very much like to see more. Please send the dummy to me, Lisa. I am not sure what the two whitish things are ​above the acorn children. Are they mushroom stems?  The painting in these pieces is beautifully rendered and rich and warm. Looking forward to seeing more!

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

Lisa Anderson is a graduate of Indiana University and now lives in Chesapeake Virginia with her husband, three children and a collection of random pets. She has painted and sculpted for as long as she can remember and was selling works of art even during her middle school years. She has a love for children’s media and all things relating to children.

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,



  1. Beautiful, rich, and sensitive art Lisa! Thanks for your keen review of Lisa’s art Ronnie, and Kathy for hosting both of them!


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