Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 17, 2016

Take A Look Sunday – Sue Maib


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 Sue Maib:


Many thanks for your submission. I think you have a real sense of fun in your work, it’s lively and colourful and I like all the elements you’ve added to give the scenes a sense of place. So I can definitely see the imagination is there!



However, what is currently letting you down is the drawing skills. I would say this would need to improve greatly, so keep sketching and practising, as the more you do, the more comfortable you will become and the drawing will become stronger.


Having viewed your web site, I think the ‘doodles’ section shows your work best – here you have added little details and the images are much better realized. If I compare the image of the florist shop to the houses you’ve drawn in your samples, there is a big difference.


I get a sense of the kind of building it is and where it might be, with the lovely shutters, shop awning etc, but the houses in your samples a very generic and simplistic. I think the overall feel I get is that these images are a little too basic at the moment and more attention needs to go into how your construct all the elements of scenery and characters.

Here’s a Little Bit About Sue Tincher Maib:

Sue Tincher Maib is an illustrator living in northwest Arkansas. For nearly 20 years, she worked as a multimedia designer. Sue recently left the corporate world to devote herself to her dream of writing and illustrating children’s books.

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. Sue, I really liked your art style. I checked out your website and realized I have seen the beautiful work you have featured on Mr. Toast’s blog and on Alexandra’s blog. Keep up the great work 👍


  2. Lorraine, thank you very much for your feedback. I will keep sketching to improve my skills. I really appreciate you taking the time to review my illustrations and website.


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