Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 6, 2020

Illustrator Critique: Mira Reisberg critiques Diana Delosh

Hullo again, it’s Mira Reisberg with another wee video critique. As I’ve maybe mentioned, I love teaching and these video critiques allow me to also teach some Photoshop skills. I really enjoyed these two pieces of Diana Delosh’s work and one of the pieces in particular as you’ll see in the video.

Keeping characters consistent is challenging and one of the things you can do is create a style sheet for each of the characters with a color and texture palette that you can reuse throughout. Creating a proportion grid is also helpful where you figure out how many heads go into the body and how long the arms and legs (and in this case trunks) are in relation to the body or head. Another tip is to copy and paste or Xerox each of the versions of your character so you can see the differences and similarities together.

Diana has high skills but has mostly published in magazines and the educational market, which isn’t nearly as much fun as doing trade books that tend to also pay better and give royalties. We had an illustration couple, Chantelle and Burgen Thorne in our illustration course a couple of years ago, primarily because they wanted to move into the trade market, and now their careers are rocketing. Needless to say, I’d love to help Diana make this move too. Here’s a lovely testimonial from Chanelle and Burgen. Please click on the red video triangle if you are reading this via email so that it takes you to Kathy’s blog.

Shifting gears, in the video below, I demonstrate the good old warp tool in Photoshop and speak of the importance of contrast for text. Personally I think contrast is really important for a whole range of reasons but mostly to make for more dramatic and legible illustrations (unless of course it’s a low contrast kind of story about going to sleep where you don’t want it to be too dramatic) as well as highly legible text.

So without further ado, here’s the video critique for Diana and hopefully it helps others as well. Please click the red video triangle to see the video on Kathy’s blog.

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And here’s a little before and after:

Mira’s Rough Revision Suggestions:

So that’s it for my second to last video critique for Kathy’s blog.


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 and a SCBWI Magazine Merit Honor Award for Illustration 2002.

Please leave a comment here and on facebook about what Mira is doing or join Mira’s Facebook group using this link: or join her email community. She is currently giving away a fabulous brand new free course:

ALSO HEADS UP: there’s still a small discount with the 2020ArtLove code along with wonderful FREE Photoshop and Procreate courses among other goodies for our game-changing illustration course. First live training starts Jan 13th. Come find out why people rave about this course here:


Dr. Mira Reisberg has a PhD in Education and Cultural Studies with a focus on children’s literature. She is an acquiring Editor and Art Director at Clearfork/Spork and is also the Director of the Children’s Book Academy. Her students have published over 370 books and won ever major North American award. Mira’s 8 published children’s books have won awards and sold over 600,000 copies. She lives in a 100 year-old house in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two cats.

Mira is available to do in person Skype or private webinar critiques as part of her upcoming Craft and Business of Illustrating Children’s Books interactive e-course, which she is co-teaching with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Art Director, Andrea Miller and a group of editors, agents, and art directors. Andrea also has some one-hour critiques available too. The course starts Jan 13 through Feb 24 2020 and will be spectacular. Grab it while you can here:


ONE MORE CHANCE: Send something in by Tuesday to have a chance for a critique with Mira

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.

Put ILLUSTRATOR PORTFOLIO in the subject area and send to kathy(dot)temean(at) and include a blurb about yourself I can use to introduce you to everyone.


Mira, another fabulous job. Just goes to show there are always something you can tweak. See you next Friday.

Talk tomorrow,


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