An evening with this art director to make your work better
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Join us March 24!
Loraine Joyner has recently retired after working 23 years as the senior art director of Peachtree Publishers, which specializes in children's picture books and YA and Middle Grade fiction and nonfiction.
Many of the more than 300 books she has art directed have received awards and critical acclaim, including recently 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy and illustrated by Thomas Gonzales, which became a New York Times bestseller.
We enjoyed a great 3 hour plus group critique session with Loraine last month and we're bringing her back for a Part 2 session on Thursday, March 24.
There's still time for you to enjoy this special opportunity to have your work reviewed by a longtime children's publishing professional. Catch her assignment in the above video. (She's asking for a rough sketch for a piece of transitional spot for for any Hans Christian Andersen story you choose.) Submit your sketch by Sunday night, March 20.
Get all the details how to participate in the upcoming March 24 live session and access both replays (March 24 and February 25) and when you register!
- Loraine Joyner Critique Assignment PDF
Loraine Joyner Critique Assignment PDF – Part 2, rough sketch for spot art.
Subject: A small, transitional scene for a Hans Christian Andersen tale of your choosing. (Will open in a new tab.)
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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