Illustrating Children’s Books: my in-class work
The past five weeks were taken over by drawing! I was privileged to participate in Make Art That Sells' first 'Illustrating Children's Books' workshop, and loved every bit of it. I cleared out as much of my calendar as possible, and spent a good part of every day drawing.
There were several purposes to this workshop: improving our drawings, especially our characters; learning more about how the children's book industry works; and producing a bunch of great pages for our portfolio. Every week we had a major assignment to complete, although the week began with a mini-assignment which got us focussing on something more manageable to start with. Being part of the class Facebook group was also extremely valuable – sharing our struggles, our advice, and our thoughts on what would improve our artwork before submitting it at the end of each week.
I've learned more than I imagined. Our teachers, Lilla Rogers (an art agent) and Zoe Tucker (a children's book art director) used many different children's books to demonstrate the kinds of things we should be thinking about in our drawings. It's not such a simple matter to illustrate and design a great picture book! We spent most of our time focusing on what makes a great character, and how to make that character come to life. I'm really excited to apply a lot of what I learned about this to the children in my quilts!
Of course, eventually it would be awesome to illustrate a children's book one day. For now I will continue to practice what I've learned in order to build up my illustration portfolio!
Thank you so much for the experience, Lilla, Zoe and Make Art That Sells!