Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 21, 2016

Take a Look Sunday – Manuela Pentangelo



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 Manuela Pentangelo:

Dear Manuela,

Your submission is very strong. I am impressed by the dynamic compositions and angles you are using in the work, as this really adds to the sense of action and drama in the scenes. It is a sophisticated approach and shows real skill.

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I love the soft colours you’ve used, and I actually really like the b&w sketch you’ve included too. We often encourage artists to do b&w work as it is great for interior book art for young fiction- early teen titles, and I can see your line work fitting in well with this kind of thing. It’s often overlooked by artists putting together a folio of work and publishers are always on the look out for it!

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The characters you draw are also very expressive which is great, though there’s something I don’t quite like about the boy’s mouth – I’m not entirely sure what it is, perhaps the lips are a little large? It’s a minor issue here as it wouldn’t require much tweaking, but more often than not, it is the facial features that clients pick up on as they have to be right for everything else to work so it’s worth pointing out in a general sense.

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Overall, A really lovely set of illustrations, well done!

Here’s a Little Bit About Manuela Pentangelo:

Manuela is working with Author John Arthur Nichol from Australia at the Sascha Martin’s Adventures. It’s a series about 3 kids.

From last year I draw with a pen on a monitor, and I use Photoshop, but it’s nearly 15 years I’m into this field and love doing it.

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. Thank you so much really, yes lips, I’m working on it, yet I’m not sure if it is the color, that I changed or they big, mmm. But thank you really appreciate it. Ciao


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