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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.
Katie has put forth two digitally rendered color illustrations. Two animal friends, a rabbit and a raccoon, both girls, are playing at the seashore. The colors are vibrant and the art is wonderfully textural. And I enjoy the interplay between the characters. Bunny is relaxed and entertains herself on the beach. Raccoon seems to be a little bit more needy, younger perhaps, seeking attention and conversation. I love that Bunny is seen putting on sunblock!
In the first picture, Raccoon gives Bunny the gift of a water spray as she shakes herself dry. Her hair bow goes flying and Bunny winces and recoils from the spray. The sandcastle gets wet as well, and the text tells us that Bunny is concerned it’s getting ruined. There is great texture in this piece in the sand and fur. And wonderful shadows. I love the bathing suits and the action. My one note of constructive criticism here is about the water. Water is hard to draw and colorize, but the blue halo coming off the tail is just a little heavy and unrealistic for me. I think that a little will go a long way.
What I’m referring to as the ‘second picture’ may actually be the first picture the more I consider the pair. The bucket and shovel used to the make the sandcastle are in plain view and Bunny is prepping with sunblock. Raccoon says she is ‘bored.’ So I can assume that what happens next is Bunny builds the castle and at some point Raccoon takes a swim. I’d like to see the water on the horizon line in this picture, too, it would orient the viewer better, I think. And speak to the next scene if in fact the swimming and soaking happens next! It will also add depth to the picture.
Very best to you, Katie, as you push this emerging story to completion!
Thank you Nicole for sharing your thoughts and expertise with us. I look forward to next Sunday.
Here’s Katie Erickson’s bio:
I am a part-time illustrator and full-time mom. I create artwork primarily digitally these days, though I still love combining traditional work and methods. I am passionate about children and reading and art. I am inspired throughout my day with new character ideas and interesting occurrences. You can find out more about me by following me on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artspreadsjoy/ or visiting my website: www.artspreadsjoy.com ! Thanks for looking!
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
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.