For the next critique hangout, art rep Melissa Turk wants to see some emotion-driven character sketches from you!
July is "great visual character month" with longtime children's publishing art rep Melissa Turk guest instructing at 1 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) Monday, July 17.
Melissa, who owns The Artist Network writes, "One of the most challenging skills for a children’s book illustrator is visually representing their main character or characters, multiple times and still representing them clearly as the same character."
Which brings us to her assignment for the group, for the live July 17 critique.
"Choose 1 to 2 characters and illustrate them in different situations, expressing different emotions," Melissa writes. "These characters can be human, animal or anthropomorphic animal. They do not need to be fully visualized scenes, but enough to see that the character is happy, mad, scared etc. and doing different activities. Pay attention to their entire face and body form, not just the clothing they are wearing."
This will be a bit of a challenge. "Harder than you think," she suggests.
You can opt for just this month's single Group Critique session with Melissa Turk (replay included) or subscribe for access to this and replays of all past months' sessions.
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The Artists Network represents a broad range of illustrators and illustration – from chapter and picture books and covers to museum and aquarium murals and calligraphy, subjects from anthropomorphic animals to realistic wildlife scenes, nature and science to historical.
In addition to discussing a number of the group's uploaded pieces, Melissa will share her insights into the current kid lit art marketplace, offer valuable tips for freelance illustrators and take your questions.
Don't miss Monday's rich, interactive session! (But if you must miss, we've got your back with the replay!)
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