This month Mira Reisberg challenges you to create a scene
Mira Reisberg, Ph.D. a Texas Bluebonnet Book Award illustrator and the founder the Children's Book Academy will serve as guest instructor in our next Guest Group Critique that's set for August 23.
Your assignment from Mira should you choose to accept it: Upload an illustration (sketch or final painting) depicting two or more characters in a story interacting. "Show some emotion and relationships in the one image," She says.
She'll pick 10 pieces from the group to talk about and teach from in our August session scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. (U.S. Central Time.)
A fantastic teacher based in Sacramento, CA, Mira, aka "the picture book whisperer" knows children's publishing – from writing, art and design to how the editors and agents think. And she 'tells it like it is', with love and a healthy bit of laughter.
We won't know until the session which 10 of the illustrations she'll single out. (Guest Group Critique subscribers, we'll come back a week later to talk about the images Mira doesn't cover on August 23.)
Come join us around the August critique table for a night of learning and fun with Mira!
To participate in the August 23 session with Mira, subscribe to monthly Guest Group Critiques – or register for just the one event and video replay. Click the link above for either option.
(Already a subscriber to Guest Group Critiques? You're already in. No need to register. Keep your eye out for the details in your e-mail inbox.)
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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