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Online | Picture Book Illustration: From Story Idea to Finished Art | Serena Geddes

Overview

Join international author and illustrator Serena Geddes as she takes you, and your stories, on a creative and comprehensive journey into picture book illustration. Using your own story or a manuscript supplied, Serena will guide you through each stage of the picture book process; from where to start and how to plan your illustrations, to pencilling and painting.

This is the perfect beginner’s course for those wanting to move into storybook illustration or those who simply have a story you want to bring to life.

What To Expect

  • Week 1: Introduction to art materials and manuscripts. Explore drawing styles of illustration using a variety of materials including watercolour, gouache, pencils inks and mixed media
  • Week 2: Drawing class – Learning about your characters, developing their personality through sketching.Thumbnail your story and create rough illustrations
  • Week 3: Learn about colour, colour pallets and painting
  • Week 4: Finishing off final illustration piece, share illustrations, Q&A

What students will achieve

You will:

  • Learn how to pace your manuscript for stronger illustrative storytelling
  • Learn to draw the emotion and personality of your characters
  • Thumbnail your story and create rough illustrations
  • Explore the many drawing styles of illustration
  • Play with colour, learn about mediums and techniques with drawing and painting
  • Build skills each week and develop ideas into a finished art piece to share with the class

Is this course right for me?

This course welcomes new and continuing students. The class is suitable for anyone who has some basic drawing and writing skills and would like to learn how to create children’s picture books.

Material List

Bring what art supplies you have to the first class and we will be discussing materials in Week 1. However, these are some recommendations for beginners to get you started:

  • Lead pencil and coloured pencils
  • Watercolour paper (Fabriano, Arches or Canson 300gsm preferred, smooth A3 size)
  • Sketch pad A3 or A4 size
  • Eraser and sharpener
  • Brushes (a mix of round/pointy and flat brushes)
  • Watercolour pallet or Gouache Paint Set (Reeves Watercolor and Gouache tubes are suitable)

This class will run online

Due to Sydney’s COVID-19 restrictions, our classes have been designed to run online. Click here to see our detailed guide to setting up, and having a smooth online class.

Fees for adult classes exclude art materials. Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

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$180 Limited inc GST
Online | Picture Book Illustration: From Story Idea to Finished Art | Serena Geddes

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Enrol by 10 October and receive 5% discount on your course fees. Our classes are all held online via zoom.

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.