Getting ready…

ImageIllustration by Chris Lyles




Thursday Afternoon

Well I’m still reeling from the launch of our new website last week.  The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and I can’t tell you how good it feels to work from this new space. The Artists are settling in as well — the site is editable and accessible to them 24 / 7 which is nothing short of amazing —  working out the kinks, uploading and editing their portfolios with notes to me along the way.  I’m loving the conversations this has opened up and the new ways in which several of the Artists are looking at –“seeing” or “perceiving” — their work.  Given a chance to show their latest and greatest illustration without overwhelming the website viewer is a challenge to be sure.  For some, it’s obvious.  For others, especially those Artists with various styles or artists who have come a long way in a short time, it takes some thought and doing.

Speaking of doing, how are those manuscripts and book dummies coming along?

Happy creating.  And happy Thursday afternoon,


Nicole T.

Natalia Vasquez | Exhibition in Croatia

Natalia Vasquez will exhibit her illustration work alongside her super-talented colleagues from around the world in the 6th Children’s Book Fair, taking place June 26 – July 6, 2012 in Sibenik, Croatia.  The exhibit honors 200 years of Brother’s Grimm Fairy Tales.  Here’s the exhibition poster and Natalia’s beautiful work that will be part of the show.  Image


Quoted : Book Expo America 2012

Here’s a link to a Cleveland Plain Dealer article I was quoted in over a week ago.  The article summarizes book editor, Karen Long’s, response to her experience at Book Expo America.  Karen happened to be eavesdropping on my random conversation with a grade school parent I ran into at the airport on the way home. I’m so glad Karen introduced herself!  I mean, when will I ever again be quoted in the same article as Richard Russo and Stephen Colbert?

I encourage you to read the article and note my optimism.  It’s sincere and well documented even during these summer months of 2012.  The editors I spoke with at the Expo and a full day of client visits in the city, tell me they are LOOKING for manuscripts (picture books and leveled readers in particular).  Good ones.  And those manuscripts will need illustrators if they aren’t written and illustrated by the same talent. Strong, smart, creative character sells.  Original, inspired art sells.  Good writing sells.  Good books sell.  But these things don’t appear out of nowhere.  Like a successful garden they are cultivated and nurtured, planted and pruned, and sometimes they take years to bear good fruit.  Don’t let this last part stop you.  Sit down and get to work.

Our New Website

I’m particularly excited about the new look, feel and ease-of-use of our new website.  We’ve always known that less is more, and that art speaks for itself.  This new landscape puts those maxims to work.  The platform allows artists and agent the ability to update portfolios 24/7, so we can promise an evolving, exciting destination on the web.  It’s as good as a summer vacation!  Well, almost.  Come back often and see what we’re up to!

T2 Artist Jane Smith is on the Cover of Babybug Magazine!

Harbinger: New Artwork by Jane Smith

One of the most fun things to do as an artist is to collaborate with other artists. So I’m so excited share that I have been asked by my friend, the fabulously talented, Sara Wilson Etienne, to create a piece of artwork inspired by her new YA novel, Harbinger. She also interviewed me about the new artwork as well as my life as an artist. Come check it out here:

By T2 Artist, Jane Smith