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!
ILLUSTRATOR’S DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!
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 Anna Guillotte:
I can see from your submission that you’ve got a lot of humour in your work. It’s really playful and cute which is very appealing. I would say it veers more towards the cartoon side of things, so if you wanted to work in picture books, for example, I think the characters and drawing would need a bit of refining first.
The eyes are perhaps a little bulgy and mad looking, so toning those down would help (more so with the baby I think as he looks a bit crazy with the eyes stuck together. Allowing space between them like you have with the adults would help) . I like the pencil textures in the line work, which is popular at the moment, and adds a lively, expressive feel to the drawing.
I think you are nearly there, it just needs a bit more care in attention to detail, and refinement of the drawing itself, and it would take your work to the next level.
Here’s a Little Bit About Anna Guillotte:
Anna Guillotte is an illustrator/author and designer living in San Diego, California. She began illustrating in 2010 when she attended a mentor program for artists in San Diego. Through this program she realized her true calling for storytelling. In 2015 she launched her online comics series, Spoonville.
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.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
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) gmail.com. 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.