Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 20, 2016

Take A Look Sunday – Mary Uhles



T2 Children’s Illustrators is a diverse group of dedicated, timely, and enthusiastic illustrators and writers from across the United States and several countries abroad. Our focus is on children’s picture book and juvenile educational publishing. But our expertise does not stop there. T2 Illustrators have collaborated on advertising campaigns, editorial features, toys, games, gifts, children’s apps, and e-books. We’re a well-versed group ready to meet your needs.

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.


Mary has put forth two very lovely and fun illustrations in watercolor featuring beavers and one squirrel friend. The execution is clean and clear. The colors are wonderful. My two favorite parts of the work are the face of the falling beaver in the first picture and the greens in the leaf floor in the second illustration.


In the first picture, a limb has snapped, and kid beaver is falling! All of the animal expressions are great. And the anthropomorphism in the animal faces is well done. I like the introduction of the characters through action and their friend, squirrel, equally alarmed by the fall. The perspective works well for the composition: under the action. Great work.


The second illustration is the aftermath of the animal’s fall.  Kid beaver is in the arms of his mother (is my guess) as friend and maybe sibling look on. It reads that the kid is more shaken than actually hurt. He’s crying heartily, but all four legs appear to be working. Mom’s head leaning into kid beaver is very, very sweet and natural feeling. Again, the perspective, a wider worms-eye view, works for the picture. I love the leaves of the floor and the pattern made by the tree trunks and sky and leaves still attached. It turns out that beaver didn’t fall that far, huh? It took me a few times orienting my laptop computer screen to reconcile how the tree trunk and the broken branch were oriented, but it gave me a smile when I realized he or she may have only fallen the width of the trunk. A critical comment is to keep that little leaf twig with leaves just before the break in the picture.  To further orient the viewer. Also, I’d suggest playing up the size of the beaver tails in the second piece. They are a fun and recognizable and interesting part of these little creatures! I hope you’ll continue to share their story, Mary. Great work!


Thank you Nicole for sharing your thoughts and expertise with us. I look forward to next Sunday.

Here’s Mary’s bio:

Mary Reaves Uhles has created illustrations for numerous books and magazines. Her books include THE LITTLE KID’S TABLE by Mary Ann McCabe Riehle (Sleeping Bear 2015); KOOKY CRUMBS by J. Patrick Lewis (Kane Miller 2016); and BEYOND THE GRAVE by Dottie Enderle (ABDO Magic Wagon Press 2013). Mary has twice been awarded the Grand Prize for Illustration from the SCBWI Midsouth Conference and her piece, EAT was a finalist in the 2014 SCBWI Bologna Book Fair Gallery. Prior to beginning her career as a freelance illustrator, Mary worked as an animator on projects for Warner Brothers and Fisher-Price Interactive. As Midsouth Illustrator Coordinator of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Mary lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. Since creating characters and stories is her favorite thing in the world (even more than mocha fudge ice cream) she feels mighty lucky to do it every day in her hilltop studio.


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. I love Mary’s work! Great work for Take A Look Sunday!


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