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This month Giuseppe Castellano, senior art director at Penguin Random House would like to see what you think are your two best illustration pieces

Giuseppe Castellano

He'll pick ten from our group to examine in our live group critique with him, Monday, June 20.

At Penguin Random House (the world's largest publisher) Castellano oversees the imprints of Grosset & Dunlap (the original Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mystery series publisher), Price Stern Sloan, Frederick Warne and Co. (the original Beatrix Potter publisher), Penguin Young Readers, and Cartoon Network Books.

An accomplished illustrator in addition to being an award winning designer, he has guest-taught at top universities and art schools around the U.S. He serves as a faculty member for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and Illustration Conference.org (ICON.)

He also teaches through his popular blog and #arttips series for illustrators on Twitter @pinocastellano. (You can find more interviews and Q&As with him here.)

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To participate in the June 20 session with Giuseppe Castellano, subscribe to monthly Guest Group Critiques – or register for just the one event (and video replay.) Click the link above.

Monthly group critiques are 'perfect practice'

They tell you...

  • What isn't working

  • When to push harder

  • When to just stop

And help you to...

  • Get a fresh perspective

    Our guest critiquers – illustrators, author-illustrators, children’s literary agents, art directors, maybe an editor or two  – examine your final in a spirit of teaching and mentoring.

  • Think more like a pro

    Watch up close and personal how full-time creatives evaluate and troubleshoot their own and others’ pieces.

  • Prepare for that thing

    That upcoming kidlit (or illustrators’) conference, important promotional mailing, post or sit-down with a client.

  • Sharpen your discernment powers

    Remind you of those bedrock principles of draftsmanship, design and communication. (Funny how they keep bringing you back to those.)

  • Meet your tribe

    Your colleagues and the expert practioners. Who share their What I Wish I Knew Then stories and become your contacts in ‘the biz.’ (It’s called networking.)

  • Get better at getting better

    Practice with critiques helps you understand the hierarchy of feedback and how to navigate it wisely – knowing what’s valid for you now, vs. what to set aside for later.

Participate in new live critique sessions with KidLit illustration professionals every month!

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You just need to watch and listen. And apply the ideas you like your way.

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With a subscription you can participate in all of our monthly live critique programs and immediately access replays of all the critiques we've enjoyed and learned from by these top professionals:

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Mira Reisberg

Mira Reisberg, author-illustrator, teacher and founder, Children's Book Academy

Karien Naude

Karien Naude, illustrator

Karien Naude

Chris Schechner, designer, illustrator and art director for 20+ years for "Pockets" magazine

Loraine Joyner

Loraine Joyner, senior art director for 23 years with Peachtree Publishers

Author-illustrator Jeff Crosby

Jeff Crosby, author-illustrator

Marsha Riti

Marsha Riti, illustrator

Christy Stallop

Christy Stallop, illustrator

ustyme books art manager Nick Balian with the cover of his

Nick Balian, illustrator animator, art manager for digital publisher ustyme Books

http://tugeau2.com/

Nicole Tugeau, agent and artists' rep, Tugeau2 Children's Illustrators

C.S. Jennings

C.S. Jennings, author-illustrator

Annette Simon

Annette Simon, author-illustrator

Mark Mitchell, http://HowToBeAChildrensBookIllustrator.com

Mark Mitchell, author-illustrator and moderator

Denise Fleming

Denise Fleming, award-winning author-illustrator

Wendy Martin, author-illustrator and teacher

Wendy Martin, author-illustrator and teacher

Mary Sullivan

Mary Sullivan, award-winning author-illustrator

Jodell Sadler and KidLit College

Jodell Sadler, founder KidLit College and agent

http://www.andreabrownlit.com/agents.html

Kelly Sonnack, senior agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency

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