Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 28, 2016

Take A Look Sunday – Sandra Herrgott-Mellie



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 Sandra Herrgott-Mellie:

Dear Sandra,

Thanks for submitting you work. I’m not entirely sure of the narrative for your story, but I like the contrast between the two characters here. I would say the style needs a lot of development in order to take you to the next level.


I can see you are using digital brushes, but it would be good to find a way of using them without making it too obvious. We are currently seeing a trend in children’s books where illustrators are increasing sophisticated in their use of digital processes which gives the illusion of hand drawn art work. Your work is looking a little basic so far, but I think if you explore the myriad of different brush options on a program such as Photoshop, then this will undoubtably improve the overall look of your work.

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You can even scan in textures and mark making to utilise when putting together an image digitally which really do add a unique touch that could set you apart from the rest! I’m a big fan of what technology can do for artists, but I do like to see a bit of a personal feel too.

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I think the character need development too. For example, Mellie is in a fairly generic red dress at the moment, but I’d encourage you to think about the details to make it more believable. A big part of the success of a good illustration is the research an artist does before even putting pencil to paper. Maybe take a look at real kids clothing and the details that they might have which could add interest to your imagery. You’ve started to do this with the scenery, with the different textures and foliage which is great. I’d just like to see more!

Here’s a Little Bit About Sandra Herrgott-Mellie:

sandra herrgottSandra is a contemporary Australian illustrator, author, painter and Graphic Designer. In 2000 Sandra finished her studies in Landscape Architecture / Urban Design in Germany and graduated with a Master’s degree. For 8 years she worked in Germany, the UK and Australia in the Design Industry. In 2005 Sandra finished her studies in Art & Design at the London College of Communication in London.
She has been writing and illustrating professionally since 2010. She has worked in many mediums and has yearly exhibited her work in her local community in Brisbane as well as completed commissioned work.

In collaboration with Robert Herrgott, Sandra has written, illustrated and self-published three children’s picture books: “Mellie”, “Mellie learns to forgive” and “Red Rabbit loves to dream”. These days Sandra works part-time out of her studio in Brisbane, in Queensland, Australia focusing on her third Mellie book “Mellie’s special friend”.

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 are an illustrator 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. If I get submissions, I will continue this opportunity.

This is the last Sunday with Lorraine. Thank you so much to sharing your time and expertise with us over the last three months.

Talk tomorrow,


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