Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 27, 2016

Take A Look Sunday – Mel Ford



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.


Mel Ford has put forth two illustrations both lovely and dynamic. I really love, love the line work in Mel’s art. And enjoy the editorial feel with the narrative bent.


In the first picture, the girl character is on a mission, it seems. Her head is down, her stride is long. Perhaps she wishes to move quickly past the scarecrow…I would, too! The cat is wonderful. The color is excellent as are the details of leaves and moon. Knowing that in the second picture the girl is dressed up for Halloween as a doctor, my only critical comment is that the girl’s coat looks too heavy like a winter coat versus a lab coat in this first picture. But I do so very much enjoy her focus and the details of her wagon load.


The second picture is sweet, the main character has found a porch or balcony with waiting patients. She is putting her doctor costume into action and down on one knee waiting on her ‘patient.’ I love her earnestness. And the imagination on Mel’s part. It’s nice to see the cat in the picture and more leaves and the same blue evening (lovely!). The Band-Aid on the front pumpkin is a nice touch. I think this is a great companion piece to the first image. We are fully in the young girl’s world and she’s happy to have us. I look forward to even further character development and more story.


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

Here’s Mel Ford’s bio:

Mel is an illustrator interested primarily in picture book illustrations as well as graphic novel style sequential art. He is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Former NYC resident and unapologetic comic geek…


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,


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