Call to Hispanic/Latino Multicultural PB Artists

Juana's Call to Hispanic-Latino Multicultural PB Artists

This post is an official call to other Hispanic/Latino Picture-Book Artists whose main focus of work is Multicultural Children’s Illustration.

The initial idea was to find an existing group of Hispanic/Latino Children’s Illustrators to network with. Little did I know there was no such group. I looked online with no luck. I asked at Conferences and found the same answer – there’s no such thing. So why not get something started? I can’t be the only person who wants such a group. So here I am posting my call and I hope word gets out and we can get a nice group together.

Group Objectives –

  • To create a critique group that understands our culture and so is better able to understand our multicultural illustration work from this perspective.
  • To be able to network with talented, like-minded Hispanics and Latinos in our same field of work.
  • To create a strong body of work that effectively represents the Hispanic and Latino culture with pride and respect.

People Interested in Being Part of the Group Must Be –

  • 1. Of Hispanic/Latino Heritage or with an Interest in representing Hispanic/Latino Culture
  • 2. Picture-Book Artists
  • 3. Working on Multicultural Books

How the Group Will Work –

  • Group members post to our private blog when critique is needed.
  • A reply in 24-48 hours is requested from the other members. Brief and sweet works best.
  • Projects posted will be work-in-progress PBs so nondisclosure outside of the group is expected.

If you are interested in the participating int the group, all you need to do is post a comment or email me at

What are your thoughts and ideas? What do you look for in a Critique Group like this one? I look forward to your comments.

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  • You know I’m in! I need hard-and-fast crits to double-check my proportions, youthfulness of characters, and any glaring mistakes before I work to finish. Another few sets of eyes would be so helpful!

    October 11, 2010
    • Awesome, Christina! You know exactly what you want to work on :D

      October 11, 2010
  • Juana, you know I’m not an illustrator, but I just wanted to say I LOOOOVE your illustrations and what you did with the fonts here in the title is perfect. I’ll continue to spread the word amiga!!

    October 11, 2010
    • Gracias, Dariela! I also like the use of font a lot here. Not sure how I did it. LOL.

      October 11, 2010
  • Hi! I dont think my type of work fit in this group, but I just wanted to say I think the idea is GREAT and your work is Awesome! love it :)

    October 12, 2010
    • Hola Valentina! Thanks so much for your comment. Your work is beautiful. Love it! I’m following your blog. Please let’s keep in touch.

      October 12, 2010
  • […] Información y contacto en el blog de la ilustradora “Juana Children´s Illustrator“ […]

    October 12, 2010
  • […] can find more information at Juana Martinez-Neal‘s original blog […]

    October 13, 2010
  • Hello Juana,
    I’m interested in being part of this group and network with other Latino artist.

    Luis D

    October 14, 2010
    • Thanks, Luis! I’ll email you today.

      October 15, 2010
  • Fill me in! :D

    October 15, 2010
    • Hi there! I’ll email you.

      October 15, 2010
  • I’m not Hispanic/Latino but my partner is! I’ve spent a lot of time in Mexico and all over Central America and I LOVE it there. I’m also very interested in doing multicultural illustration work of all kinds… I’d love to find out your ideas for this group and whether I might be able to take part!

    October 15, 2010
    • Emailing you now, Katriona!

      October 17, 2010
  • Hi, I’m working with an Afro-Colombian Coproration called CARABANTÚ. We are sketching Children’s Books to show to the world the culture, the traditions and the cotidian life of afrocolombian people, with the purpose to preserve their legacy. We´re very interested in this Call. Congratulations for your work!!!

    October 17, 2010
    • Juan – thanks for your comment! I’ll be emailing you today. Thanks again!

      October 18, 2010

    Hi, I want to participate. I´m an illustrator and bookbinder, I hope be helpful to you. I´ve illustrade afro-mexican works, for example. Good luck!

    October 20, 2010
    • Hola Alejandro! I’ll email you today. In the meantime, I’d love to see a link to your site. Talk soon!

      October 20, 2010
  • At Last! such a great idea, I think the critiques will make us better,and the fact that we are supporting different cultures will empower them, giving them a space to be represented and shared ;) by the way Im from Guatemala.

    October 20, 2010
    • Gracias, Marielle! I’m glad you like the concept of the project. Most people are unaware of many ethnicities we have within Latin America. I visited Guatemala in 2004. I fell in love with the Maya Culture. The textiles, the faces, the people. I feel lucky to have had a chance to see the country.

      I visited your blog and saw your work. Please, let’s keep in touch.

      October 20, 2010
  • marcela velez


    I’m so glad you’re doing this! I’ve been trying to find a Latino group of children’s illustrators for a while now. So, it’s clear to say that “I’m in!”

    October 22, 2010
    • Emailed you already! Really fun style. So fresh. Can’t wait to hear back from you :)

      October 22, 2010
  • Hola Juana..saludos! te comento que estoy muy interesado en participar en tu grupo, me gustaría saber más sobre tu proyecto, ya que al igual que tú pienso que no existen muchos grupos Latinos enfocados a esta disciplina y sobre todo tratar los temas multuculturales…muchas gracias ..besos …atte Cruz Mtz

    October 27, 2010
    • Cruz, gracias por tu interes! Estoy algo atrasada pero estoy escribiendo emails manhana por la manhana. Gracias!

      November 7, 2010
  • Hola Juana al igual que Cruz estoy bastante interesado en tu proyecto espero porder ser parte de el, pero quisiera mas informacion y saber como puedo contribuir, gracias

    November 2, 2010
    • Hola Cuauhtemoc! Gracias por tu interes. Primero que nada, disculpa la tardanza en responder. El grupo por el momento es un de critica para ilustradores de cuentos infantiles. Visite tu blog. Tu haces cuentos?

      November 7, 2010
  • ¡Interesantísimo! Yo hago cuentos y he trabajado sobretodo en temas tradicionales peruanos. Sería interesante poder participar. Mantennos informados. Suena a una super buena idea. Saludos

    November 10, 2010

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