Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 4, 2016

Take A Look Sunday – Julie Rosenbaum

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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.

HERE’S NICOLE:

Julia has shared two pieces of sequential art rendered in watercolor and colored pencil. The art is quite engaging as a mixed media expression and the characters, one of them in particular, is quite eccentric. Personally, I think little sister steals the show!

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The first picture depicts big brother swiping the jolly roger from his sister’s play set. It’s a lovely piece with several actions taking place. The sister reacting, the brother swiping and looking over his shoulder, the mysterious fuzzy onlooker with the unique headpiece making eye contact with the boy. The details here are nice from the wallpaper and hair curls expressed in line to the fringed lampshade and shadows.The only critical comment I have is the watercolor application in spots is heavy for the detail in small areas, like the boy’s pants and legs of the side table. Could pencil help round out those smaller areas with less paint?  Also, the girl is fully stylized in proportion, large head, small feet, something we see a lot of in children’s illustration. Her brother is more typical and semi-realistic in construction.The first picture depicts big brother swiping the jolly roger from his sister’s play set. It’s a lovely piece with several actions taking place. The sister reacting, the brother swiping and looking over his shoulder, the mysterious fuzzy onlooker with the unique headpiece making eye contact with the boy. The details here are nice from the wallpaper and hair curls expressed in line to the fringed lampshade and shadows.

The only critical comment I have is the watercolor application in spots is heavy for the detail in small areas, like the boy’s pants and legs of the side table. Could pencil help round out those smaller areas with less paint?  Also, the girl is fully stylized in proportion, large head, small feet, something we see a lot of in children’s illustration. Her brother is more typical and semi-realistic in construction.

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It’s the same day (assumed by outfits) in the second picture, and we’re introduced to a new place, the supermarket. The boy is pushing his sister away from the same fuzzy onlooker who was at his back in the last piece. They’re making eye contact again and the boy is obviously concerned. The fuzzy thing is eating apples. Little sister is content with a huge watermelon in her lap. I really like the depth of field in this piece. It’s a very interesting and satisfying perspective, too. The background is wonderfully rendered. There is one thing pulling me away from this illustration and that’s the size of the fuzzy onlooker. Either it’s growing at a rapid pace (thus the rabid eating) or it’s size is inconsistent from illustration 1 to 2. I simply don’t see the long legs and big feet in picture 2 as the same character perched on the side table in picture 1. This is the beauty of storytelling, there may well be a story behind that inconsistency!

Julia, this is a fun series. Your illustration style is entertaining and stylistically interesting. Best to you as you work to finish this project.

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

Here’s Julia Rosenbaum’s bio:

Julia Rosenbaum is an illustrator and author, and has worked as a graphic designer for many years. She is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and has been chosen as a SCBWI Artist of the Month. You can visit her website at juliadraws.com to see her portfolio and blog.

Please contact her at juliasdesigns@yahoo.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.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Really nice work, Julia!

  2. great illustrations! i curious to know more about this story!!


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