Join us at the table for an evening of illustration portfolio review...very possibly yours

Be part of the conversation about creating art for children's books

One good critique can make the difference for your work

Whether in the studio classroom or around a cafe table with friends, group critiques have been training artists for centuries.  This Thursday's session with Chris is $10.95. Details when you register.

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Including this week's for just $8.95 per month.

Learn from someone whose business is designing for kids

Art director Chris Schechner (Chris Schechner Graphic Design, Pockets children's magazine, The Upper Room, Roper Press, Wishbone Big Feats! Entertainment, Seligson Publishing, The Wise Agency, Singleton Productions) is this month's guest instructor for the Marks & Splashes Guest Group Critiques.

Chris will share technical tips and sage advice as he looks at your work in the live interactive session starting at 8 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) Thursday, November 12.

Regular monthly group critiques are 'perfect practice'

They tell you what is and isn't working, when to push harder, or just stop — or start over.

They help you...



  • Get a fresh perspective

    Our guest critiquers – illustrators, painters, agents, art directors, maybe an editor or two  – will offer their observations in a spirit of teaching and mentoring.

  • Think like a pro

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

  • Sharpen your powers of discernment

    And remind you of those bedrock principles of good draftsmanship, design and communication. (Funny how they do that.)

  • Get good and ready

    For kid lit or illustrators’ conferences or that next promotional mailing, web post or sit-down with a client or prospect. The simple monthly routine helps prepare you!

  • Meet your tribe

    Get to know your colleagues and some of these expert practioners who are your guest critiquers. They’re your contacts ‘in the biz.’ Hear their What I Wish I Knew Then stories – just like you would at a weekend retreat or a kidlit, comics or illustrators’ conference. (It’s called networking.)

  • Get better at getting better

    Every bit as important as taking in the correction is learning to navigate the hierarchy of feedback, knowing what’s valid for you now vs. what to set aside for later. Monthly critiques help with this and discovering how to receive that feedback wisely.

Begin the improvement

You don't have to upload your work to every session. You just have to listen.
You'll benefit by being there.

Seventy five minutes a month are not a lot of time. Guest Group Critique sessions are informal, fun and short. (Think instructional show rather than one-on-on, personal consult.)

So we may not get to every submission in every critique. It will depend on the number of uploads. If your piece ever gets left out, we'll push it to the top of the queue for next time.

But whether it's your work being discussed or someone else's, you'll take away invaluable knowledge to help you later — when it's just you at the drawing table or behind the monitor making the countless decisions...

Don't feel left alone with your work...

With your monthly subscription you'll be invited to all of our live programs, plus gain access to replays of these critiques we've already enjoyed this year by these top illustrators:

Mira Reisberg

Mira Reisberg

Karien Naude

Karien Naude

Author-illustrator Jeff Crosby

Jeff Crosby

Marsha Riti

Marsha Riti

Christy Stallop

Christy Stallop

C.S. Jennings

C.S. Jennings

Annette Simon

Annette Simon

Mark Mitchell

Mark Mitchell, moderator

Wendy Martin

Wendy Martin

Mary Sullivan

Mary Sullivan

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