Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 13, 2016

Take A Look Sunday – Michele Kogan


Wilkinson Studios, Inc. is an international agency representing artists from around the world. We specialize in illustration for Publishing, Advertising, Editorial, and Corporate industries, creating artwork for Children’s and Adult Trade Books, Mass Market and Board Books, Graphic Novels, Educational Programs, Magazines, Print Ads, Packaging, Websites, and Apps. We also do Games, Puzzles, Toys, and Character Development, and have hundreds of images available for Licensing. Wilkinson Studios also represents their illustrator’s own authored works to the Publishing industry, and will be launching Wilkinson Studios Press through Ingram, a POD publishing venue designed to market and distribute their illustrator’s books both nationally and internationally.

Christine Wilkinson has been representing artists since 1985, and founded Wilkinson Studios, Inc. in 1998. Her business partner, Lisa O’Hara, has been with the company since the beginning, and is an integral part of their success. Both Chris and Lisa have graphic design and illustration backgrounds, bringing a broad understanding of the needs specific to publishers, editors, design, and art professionals. Wilkinson Studios also provides art management services, with a skilled staff of project management specialists involved in the important details of procurement, creation, quality control, and delivery of art for clients in almost every country.

Here is Chris:


These three illustrations by Michele Kogan are a brief glimpse, a small window into the room and imagination of a young girl spending time by herself, reading books, and dressing up – or maybe something else? – for Halloween. How many times have we as parents come upon our children engrossed in their own worlds, playing totally within the infinite spaces of their own minds, creating playmates and friends, storylines that weave up down and around, becoming real….

These three images tell us a story about this little girl, and yet we can’t see or know what the story is inside of her head – and that is what the rest of the book and the images that Michele has not yet revealed for this Take a Look Sunday may be about.  What has this girl conjured up?  Will we be allowed to see what she sees, will we be allowed to come inside of her world and experience her Halloween with her?

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There are clues everywhere, from the poster of mom on the wall, to the books that are scattered about, to the marker on the windowsill – this is a creative little girl. She is on a mission to do something, to make something for Halloween.  In the third image, we find out what it is – she is a little bat girl, complete with ears, wings and fangs, and starry tights too!  The first two images are very sequential, you can tell by the position of the moon outside.  But a lot has gone on in between these two pictures.  First, she’s looking outside – at what?  Kids trick-or-treating?  Second, she’s researching, but she must have had some plans already done because the wings and tights are already scattered about.  The third image seems a leap away from the first two, as the little girl is now dressed up in her costume.  What has happened in between?  This is the difficulty with only seeing 2 or 3 images without the text, I have to guess at the story.  And yet, in this case with Michele’s images, I am drawn into the story that only these three scenes have created.

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Michele’s somewhat naive illustration style echoes the child-like topic of her book, and furthers the sense of bringing us into the little girl’s imagination and world. There is definitely a hand-done traditional art quality to her images, (though she may have worked into the illustrations digitally) which adds to the charm.  I would advise Michele to check the continuity of the images however – for instance, the wings and the pumpkin are not there in the first scene, and all the books and other ‘stuff’ are not there in the third scene.  Perhaps these three images are not actually sequential, but if they are, and if the text does not explain why things are there or not there, then they will seem to either appear or disappear randomly.  Also, the girl’s outfit seems to change from the first to the second image.  This may be just how Michele shaded the girl’s skirt in the second image, but she should go into it and clean it up a bit so that it doesn’t look like a different outfit.

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I would like to see the girl’s face rather than the back of her head in the second image, if these are two of the opening scenes in the book. The view from behind distances us – turning her to face the reader would be more intimate, because we could see her expressions.

All in all, a good start to a story! Let’s see what kind of adventures we can get into with this little bat girl!!

Here is a little bit about Michele:

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, writer, and art instructor from Chicago. Her art and writing is often fanciful, connects with nature, flora, fauna, and endangered species. The illustrations here are from a Halloween picture book that Michelle wrote and is illustrating. View her art at: 


Thank you Chris for taking the time to share your expertise with us. It helps so many illustrators and is very much appreciated. Here is the Wilkinson Studios 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 or Three SEQUENTIAL illustrations (Two/three 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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