Please critique my work before SCBWI conference

  • Hi. I’m an aspiring author/illustrator of adventurous books for kids (PB/CB/MG) and I would greatly appreciate quick thoughts on my March characters and portfolio.

    Are there any pieces you would prioritize or cut? Any major corrections needed or style adjustments needed?

    I have a local SCBWI conference coming up in May and I’m getting my portfolio reviewed by an agent. Want to try to clean up anything obvious before then if possible.

    I have a writer background and just started drawing again in 2018 when I discovered digital inking and coloring.

    Anyways, here's my art. Thanks. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.


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  • I think it's overall generally okay. It's not my cup of tea, but I don't think that's a valid critique on my part.

    I think if you have a conference coming up and you need second opinions on your work, you need to have more confidence in the work that you produce. You gotta show them that you can sell your work in order for an agent to sell your work to a broader audience. Just words of wisdom 🙂

  • I looked at your stuff and really liked the story behind Ezio and I also liked the little unicorn that he is trying to feed. As far as something you could work on, I noticed that the bears and the rabbits that are jumping and fighting feel stiff and there doesn't seem to be a lot of action in their gestures. If you work on gestures, that may help some in your illustrations. I would even suggest that you could go research how successful animators have had their characters jump or fight something just to get a better gesture for your characters. You could also try to vary the width of the lines that you make, such as go from thick to thin.

  • @Michael-Angelo-Go Thank you so much. That totally makes sense. Haha, yeah, my confidence probably isn’t as high as it should be after Critique Arena and my post probably shows that.

  • @Kim-Rosenlof Thank you! That’s great advice I will definitely be using!

  • @Kevintreaccar the main thing that stands out to me is that everything is the same view. By that I mean there are no different point of views or angles. I hope that gives you something to think about.

  • @Mandy-Forte It does! Thank you! I'm so focused on trying to develop skills across the board that, yes, I've completely forgotten about our role as "director." Definitely need that thought (and variety), too. Thank you!

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