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