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Nicole and Jeremy Tugeau are the agent/owners behind the T2 Team. They are ecstatic about their ever-growing agency, and they are committed to working hard for the network of illustrators who surround them. Nicole heads up the agency on a day-to-day basis.
What she enjoys most about being an Agent is the partnership-making, the relationships and of course the success stories. Jeremy is a long-time children’s illustrator, and he continues to work as an artist in this field while maintaining some involvement with T2 Illustrators as a creative resource and promotional guru.
Artist, Tihomir Celanovic, has put forth two illustration tearsheets for review and directed me to his current online portfolio where he shows a variety of styles in 4/color and 1/color and mixed media (art and photo). Tihomir’s work is of high quality, very expressive and quite narrative. I think the number of styles displayed in a series of collections in Behance (the website) is a little overwhelming for an art buyer, however. A website that can better group the illustrations by style and really showcase Tihomir’s best pieces in a large format will be to his advantage.
A ‘tearsheet’ to me is a single page of artwork meant for promotional purposes. It typically includes a variety/multiple illustrations from the same artist. It includes the artist name and quite often his or her contact information. Tearsheets are a useful ‘snapshot’ of the artist’s work. They tell what genre the artist is working in, what medium, and to what age range the artist is focused. More, they tell about the artist’s sensibilities and strengths. Tearsheets ALWAYS show the artist’s best work. Different tearsheets may be created to capture different styles or different desired age range. Maybe an artist has a vector look geared toward very young children and a digital line style she uses to illustrate picture books. A good tearsheet would represent work from one style or the other.
Tihomir is a fully digital artist, and he offers a few different styles as I already noted. His two tearsheets are comprised of vignettes – many small illustration scenes. Some in color, some in grayscale. Overall, I find the tearsheets very attractive and effective. They show consistency and a good mix of human and animal characters and a whole lot of personality. What makes them really unique is what I’ll call the ‘art in action’ moments captured on each page. In the first teasheet the piece of paper is yet being drawn and the kids are creating art on top. In the second tearsheet, some lines and color are dissolving into what look like simplified underpaintings. That poor donkey!
So I think these tearsheets are good representations of Tihomir’s work. I would include contact information on each to cover all bases as well as a redirect to your personal website.
My footing is firm in children’s picture book, so I think that simplified and more focused tearsheets are needed to meet that market. I would start with a much larger central image (or two or three) that are linked by character and show the same style. Loose the grayscale spot art (you can always follow up with that later if the client wants you to do interiors on a chapter book or novel). And let the big pictures pack the punch. Here’s a piece form Tihomir’s website that I felt would make an excellent central image for a future tearsheet (crop to loose some the extra bottom bleed). The addition of secondary characters from this narrative and/or spot art in the same style directly related to the narrative may also work.
My very best to your continued success and promotion of your work, Tihomir.
Thank you Nicole for sharing your thoughts and expertise with us. I look forward to next Sunday.
Here is Tihomir’s bio:
Tihomir Čelanović was born in 1977. in Belgrade, Serbia. He grew up in Kotor, Montenegro, graduated in 2001 at the Faculty of applied arts and design in Belgra.
Tihomir is an illustrator who loves doing fantasy stuff, children books and anything interesting. http://tihomir-celanovic.com/
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