Watch ustyme books art director Nick Balian review your and others' work and answer your questions in the live session on Thursday, January 28
Nick Balian has illustrated 11 classic stories for digital children's publisher ustyme, including Aesop’s Fox Fables, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and the upcoming Hansel and Gretel.
For the Marks & Splashes Guest Group Critique in January, he's set to review your illustration from his perspectives as art director and staff illustrator for ustyme and background in graphic design, animation and theater.
Get all the details on how to participate and where to upload your work when you register!
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.
Catch the replay of this exciting live event – and participate in new live critique sessions with KidLit professionals every month!
Group critiques – in the studio classroom or around a cafe table with friends – have been training artists for centuries. Be part of the conversation.
Only $8.95 monthly.
Join us 'around the table' every month.
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