Children’s Book Illustration Portfolio Critique

This video is a critique of a children’s book illustration portfolio by Mary Ryazantseva, providing a detailed critique of the overall portfolio, followed by critiques for each individual artwork.

Aspects of the entire portfolio and artworks are identified, and recommendations for concrete strategies for how to make progress are made.

Critique led by Teaching Artist Alex Rowe.

21 min. video
Featured Artist

Mary Ryazantseva

“I am an illustrator of children’s books for over eight years. At the beginning of my career I have been learning a lot and feeling the impetus of my development with each new project. Now my style and illustrative tasks are really at a higher level.

But I still feel stagnant. Lately I’ve been focusing on character development. I love stylized characters and funny stories, try to draw in this way, emphasize humor and subtext in their pictures, but all this does not look particularly convincing.

I really need criticism from my work to draw better. I want to illustrate books for children 6-10 years old and do it brilliantly.”

Mary Ryazantseva