Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 7, 2016

Take A Look Sunday – Brittany Handiboe


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 Brittany Handiboe:


There are some nice textures in your work which is great. I like the painterly feel with the mark making still on show, giving it that human touch which can be lost in digital work. I love the way you’ve incorporated the lovely hand down text into the work too.


I think your colours could with more tonal difference, as it’s looking a bit flat a the moment – a greater contrast would make the imagery come alive and stop it looking muddy. You’ve started to do it with your darks and lights, but I think you can do more. Even adding more colour to it – I can see the children have lots of different coloured paper and fabric but in their imaginations, you’ve gone monotone, which is a little dull. They could be really cool magical worlds full of different coloured flowers and plants, showing their wild imaginations!


I like the facial expressions of the girl with glasses – this comes over well, and she is the stronger character here, though I feel both need a bit more work to get the drawing up to a standard good enough for publishing. There is much to admire here, and you clearly have story telling ability, I think you just need to work on the drawing and have a greater clarity in the application of your colour.

Brittanny Handiboe graduated from Montserrat College of Art, double majoring in illustration and fine arts. She’s a SCBWI member, was a reviewer for Children’s Lit, and is an aspiring children’s book illustrator/author. She spends her time working on personal projects as well as commissions. Her work can be found at

Lorraine, thank you 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. Thank you so much for the critique! I’ll get to working!


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