Illustrating a Children’s Picture Book
Want to illustrate children's books? Learn the tricks of the trade from a leading professional illustrator in our online course for all-comers.
May 01 2019 - Jun 12 2019
Illustrate a Picture Book
Make great stories for young kids
Hosted on our bespoke learning platform
Course fee £200
Includes professional feedback on your illustrations
If you enjoy sketching for the young children in your life – or if you like coming up with stories visually rather than verbally – or if you’re an artist with an interest in children’s fiction who’s looking to shift your focus – then you may just have the makings of a children’s illustrator. Kids get excited by the Gruffalo, Charlie & Lola, the Very Hungry Caterpillar and the Wild Things long before they can read the words – it’s the artwork which first grabs their attention and pulls them in. This course demystifies that lovely mixture of childlike simplicity, technical sophistication and sheer imaginative zing that goes into the best picture book illustrations – and helps you to acquire the skills, confidence and insider information to achieve a professional standard in your own artwork for the under-6s.
In our online course, the bestselling and prolific children’s book illustrator and author Sarah McIntyre guides you through the unwritten rules of children’s picture book illustration – advising on the current market and what publishers are looking for; teaching you to recognise and build on your strengths and refine your technique; encouraging you to experiment in different media; showing you how to develop ideas and create memorable characters, and revealing some great tricks of the trade.
Sarah McIntyre works as an illustrator and writer from her studio in south London. Her solo picture books include There's a Shark in the Bath, Dinosaur Firefighters and The New Neighbours, and she's worked with writers such as Giles Andreae, Gillian Rogerson, and Alan MacDonald. She first got into publishing through comics, where she met her Jampires co-author David O'Connell. These 'comic jams' eventually led to a Jampires comic, which they later took to a publisher and turned into a picture book.
Karl Newson is a professional children’s book writer and illustrator. Karl is the author of A Bear is a Bear (except when he’s not), Here Comes the Sun, Fum and Little Grey’s Birthday Surprise. He’s also illustrated children’s picture books such as Superchimp by Giles Paley-Phillips and The Gingerbread Man by Saviour Pirotta.
WHAT DOES THIS COURSE GIVE YOU?
This course is ideal for illustrators who want to learn the fundamentals behind creating a picture book.
This great learning package features teaching videos and substantial notes organised into six weekly modules designed for flexible study, so you can take part at times to suit you and from wherever in the world you are.
A clear path to finished picture book illustrations
Work through six weekly modules containing teaching videos and substantial notes specially written and produced by illustrator and writer Sarah McIntyre.
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Upload your completed illustrations tasks, give and receive feedback, and discuss the week’s topics with your fellow students and the CBC team.
Prolific Children’s Illustrator and writer Sarah Mcintyre guides you through course
Specially filmed Teaching Videos from successful children's illustrator Sarah (at least three videos per module), including footage of Sarah drawing to demonstrate techniques and ideas.
Custom tasks from Sarah to help you learn practically
Tasks will help the development of your technique, the planning of your story, the sketching of your thumbnail roughs, and the creation of pencil roughs - followed by your final illustrations*.
Resources & Notes
Comprehensive teaching notes and reference materials that are yours to keep
These include a reading list, a glossary of useful children's publishing terms, and a template showing how a children's picture book should be set out.
Get feedback from your peers and an expert CBC editor
Each week, author-illustrator Karl Newson will be viewing the work posted and offering some focused comment on a few students' work – every student will get written feedback on their final task.
Open to all-comers, the Illustrating a Children’s Picture Book course is the right choice if you are looking for expert advice on creating the illustrations for picture books for the under-6’s. If your focus is on writing, take a look at our Writing a Children’s Picture Book course with David O’Connell. If you would like to develop as a writer and illustrator, you can either start off with one of these courses, and then take the other course at a later date – or you can enrol now for the combined course – Writing and Illustrating a Children’s Picture Book, which brings together the teaching materials from both courses at a discounted price.
The course is suitable for complete beginners, but also for people who feel they need some extra know-how to succeed in finding a publisher for their work. It’s also suitable for artists and illustrators who have been working in other areas and media but now want to move into children’s book illustration – and for people who have already taken courses in illustration or in children’s fiction, whether at universities or through non-academic course providers. You do need to be at least 18 years old to join the course.
Students who would like to gain further written feedback from a CBC editor on their final illustrations may do so by sending them to the CBC team within 3 months of the end of the course, and on payment of a further £100 fee (full information about this extra feedback service will be given to students during the course)
COURSE STRUCTURE & WEEKLY TOPICS
Our bespoke learning platform features separate forum spaces for each teaching unit, arranged in a clear structure that’s easy to use. This enables students to quickly find and take part in discussions and to easily locate task materials they’d like to refer back to.
Studying the market and learning from the work of other illustrators
Inspiration and Ideas
How to find inspiration and develop ideas for your picture book
Creating memorable characters and settings for your story
Pencil drawing, painting, digital work and exploring other media
Plan your story and spreads – thumbnail sketches and preliminary drawings
Professional development, working on your final illustrations, creating a portfolio, and how to approach publishers & agents