Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 26, 2016

Take A Look Sunday – Susan Detwiler


2016 marks the 30th Anniversary of The Organisation!

Cue the popping of champagne corks and hurrahs!

They have agreed to host Take A Look Sunday from June through August!



The Organisation is run by Lorraine Owen with the fabulous assistance of Richard Merritt, Pauline Mason, Jane Gelosa and Steph Vickery. They are an international agency with offices in London and New York and their client base covers every genre and age group within Book Publishing. In addition they supply artwork for use in Advertising, Magazines, Design, Packaging, Apps, Games, Greetings Cards and Art for Interiors.

The company is built on the ethos that every artist should have a distinct style. They would be able to stand out and would never feel that their unique style was being duplicated within the agency. Currently the maximum amount of artists they represent is 60 and they operate a policy of adding new talent only when someone leaves.

“Lorraine and her agency are pretty much publishing royalty; The Organisation work with some of the very, very best illustration talents, and it’s always a thrill to be working with one of their stable They are on our ‘go-to’ list for all new commissions.

Organisation agents without fail are a joy to deal with, and contribute so much more than simple deal-making.” STRAWBERRIE DONNELLY, ART DIRECTOR

Here is Lorraine’s review for Susan Detwiler:

Thank you for your lovely submission. These really are stunning images full of well executed detail – you are obviously a great visual story teller. There is a great sense of scale, particularly with the mice in the larder, and there is lovely movement in the last image with the pouncing cat.

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I particularly like the cat peaking over the edge of the table, which is just adorable and very true to life – I’m sure cat lovers with understand this all too well!

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It is often difficult using traditional media such as watercolour or ink, as many people over do the tones and muddy their artwork in the process, but your images are clean and crisp, which is vital for this medium, as it maintains a freshness and stops things from getting too twee. Your style is a great example of classic illustration done well. I think however, you can afford to up the contrast and shading slightly to make it even sharper. I really like the light you have achieved in the first image with the dark larder and shaft of light coming through the door, as it makes things feel that much more dynamic and visually interesting. Without great lighting, things can be in danger looking a little flat.

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Overall I think these are of a truly high standard, with really strong draftsmanship so you should be proud, and do keep up the good work!

Susan grew up in Maryland and was educated at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, where she and her husband and two sons now live. Besides books for children, her illustrations have been used for advertising, merchandise, and greeting cards. She is the Illustrator Coordinator for the SCBWI MD/DE/WV region. She was featured on Illustrator Saturday. Website

Lorraine. Thanks for taking the time to share your expertise with all of us.


A Little Bit about LORRAINE OWEN:

Prior to the birth of The Organisation I had been Art Director/designer for a number of major publishers designing book jackets. I loved working with illustrators and I can proudly say that I gave a number of successful illustrators their very first job. After 10 enjoyable years I followed my passion for illustration and became a founder of The Organisation.

My main job within the company is now finding new talent and helping existing artists develop their portfolio by critiquing and supplying ideas for new samples.

Someone once said that if you love your job you’ll never work a day in your life and that’s exactly how I feel.


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 and your name should be in the .jpg title. 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 featured.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Susan’s work is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing.


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