Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 31, 2016

Take A Look Sunday – Thomas Marsh


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 Thomas Marsh:


The thing I like about your submission is the interesting angles and sense of depth you have in the scenes – they have a cinematic sense of composition and style which is dramatic and great for storytelling. I love the light and shadowing – very noir!

However, I do think the actual drawing needs a lot of work to be considered for publication. I find the characterisation of the pumpkins a little awkward, perhaps because the features are too human like – the mouths and teeth I’m particularly uncomfortable with. Also, the colouring is a bit heavy handed and could do with some refinement. TKLThomasMarsh.2

For example, the deep sunset sky is a good concept, and atmospheric with the silhouetting, but I think it’s looking muddy and overworked. Your application of colour is all a bit bold and in your face, so it fights against itself. It would be better to have stronger tonal differences between colours in foreground and background so they don’t clash, so don’t be afraid with a ‘less is more’ approach! It will make all the difference. For the human figures, even if they’re to be stylised, they need to look anatomically correct so their forms are believable, especially in silhouette, so I think these need to be looked at more closely. You can define more features in silhouette to make them more expressive – an indication of what they are wearing, their hair style, the faces in profile – these can all give a better sense of character and help with the storytelling.


Here’s a Little Bit About Tomas Marsh:

Thomas Marsh is an artist/illustrator living in Los Angeles and is preparing to submit illustrations for text to a children’s picture book that he’s been working on for a while. His critique group has given excellent pointers both in story continuity and in visual perspective, but he would love to hear what you think.

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. Thanks for the valuable feedback, Lorraine!


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