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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.
Diana has put forth three delightful illustrations for review. They are crisp and colorful. And quite endearing. I love skunk’s plume and bunny’s flower. Their caring for each other compels the viewer to care for them in return. Very sweet!
The first piece is saved and labeled (the digital file) as “cover.” So I consider this picture integral to introducing the skunk character, but won’t consider it as directly related part of a sequence with the other two. It is a pleasant picture of skunk walking with apples. My only constructive criticism is that we might be too close for a cover. Seeing more of the world around skunk (even if it is just foliage) eases the intensity of the introduction and I think a more sophisticated feel to the cover. Cover type can and will fill the surrounding area handily, so pulling back just a touch will make room for that, too. I love the line work of the leaves and the blue sky color in this piece.
In the second picture, skunk is sad. Crying. His little body is slumped on that stump and bunny’s spies on him, concerned. It’s a lovely piece. My only suggestion is to create some more details and/or linework in the background. Diana is right, it can’t be as specific and busy as the foreground, but the three swaths of color are a bit distracting. Areas of specificity might help break that up. An insect flying, tall, loose wildflowers, etc.
In the third picture, the animal friends are embracing and it’s just the cutest moment! The gesture itself is right on and proportionally correct. Very natural feeling. Again, I think you might be a little too close even for a spread, but I could be wrong! I just long to see some details of the background (instead of color wash only) to assure the reader where we are.
I do hope Diana finishes this book and gets the words down, too. There is a good vibe and connection going on the page! Very best to this project.
Thank you Nicole for sharing your thoughts and expertise with us. I look forward to next Sunday.
Here’s Diana Delosh’s bio:
Diana Ting Delosh is an illustrator, hand letterer and writer. She creates whimsical art, independently and by commission. At the age of two, she developed her taste for art when she nibbled her way through a box of crayons. She has been doodling away ever since. Diana has illustrated for: Pearson Educational Publishing, Farfaria, Dover Publications, Harcourt Achieve, Scott Foresman, Ladybug Magazine. Her writing has appeared in Highlights/High Five and Ladybug magazines. She received the following awards: Highlights High Five Pewter Plate for Puzzle Poem of the Year, Bubble Trouble, July 2008. SCBWI Magazine Merit Honor Award for Illustration 2002. http://www.dianadelosh.com
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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) gmail.com. 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.