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Children's Book Illustration Course

Children's Book Illustration Course

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Illustration & Painting courses in Ourimbah and Sydney. Open to the general public.

Learn Illustration & Painting with Illustration & Painting courses in Ourimbah and Sydney at NEWCourse – created for you by the University of Newcastle.

This children’s books illustration course will allow you to learn from personal insights, developed over years of practical experience in the children’s book industry, and is invaluable for anyone contemplating entering the field. Delivered by a children’s book illustrator with over twenty years experience, this introductory children’s book illustration course covers creative elements of children’s book illustration, including interpreting a manuscript, developing thumbnails, refining sketches and producing final artwork.

During this children’s book illustration you will develop an illustration, progressing from a phrase or action selected from a manuscript to a refined sketch. Key elements of the publishing industry are also covered, giving participants insight into the collaborative relationship between illustrator, editor and designer. Finally, avenues to publication are explored including self-promotion, creating a sample package for publishers and involvement with like-minded organisations and colleagues.

Learning Aims

This children’s books illustration course aims to enhance your knowledge of the children’s book industry. Furthermore, this course aims to provide you with the opportunity to develop a range of practical skills required for working in the children’s book industry.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this children’s book illustration course you will understand:

  1. Who the illustrator’s key collaborators are, within the children’s book industry, and the roles and relationships these participants undertake.
  2. The step by step process of illustrating a children’s book.
  3. How to analyse a manuscript, and identify the best phrase or action to develop into an illustration.
  4. How to develop and evaluate your own illustrations.
  5. The opportunities available to you for networking and self-promotion.

Course Content

This children’s books illustration course will cover the following content:

Personal history and examples

  • Early books and traditional collaborative relationships.
  • Later books, sub-contracting and self-publishing.
  • From manuscript to final artwork, the process explained.

Children’s book illustration exercises

  • Interpreting a manuscript.
  • Creating thumbnail drawings
  • Refining drawings.
  • Producing a final artwork.

Getting published

  • Self-promotion.
  • Organisations and support groups.

Intended Audience

This children’s book illustration course is suitable for adults with an interest in the key aspects of children’s book illustration from concept to full production. This children’s book illustration course has been designed for those who have a reasonable familiarity with the children’s book genre and basic drawing skills.

Delivery Style

This children’s book illustration course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of instructor-led activities. This training approach allows you to work through children’s book concepts introduced by the instructor in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants are encouraged to bring some samples of their work with them to class.

Course Prerequisites

This children’s books illustration course has no prerequisites however you are required to have reasonable familiarity with the children’s book genre and basic drawing skills.

Course Materials

You will need to purchase the following materials prior to attending this children’s books illustration course:

  • A small notebook to take notes with.
  • Graphite pencils, an eraser, an A3 sketchbook .

Participants are encouraged to bring a few samples of previous work, if any.

About the instructor

Dr Lambert Davis is a highly skilled illustrator with three decades of professional experience undertaking freelance work and as a children’s book illustrator. Dr Davis has successfully collaborated on projects with large publishing houses as well as small design teams. He has experience producing and delivering workshops and art instruction on a range of levels from primary to adult education.

Recent Exhibitions

  • 2015 Illuminating Science, Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Region Library - A group exhibition celebrating 30 years of Natural History Illustration at the University of Newcastle.
  • 2015 Broughton Island: The Art of Adventure, Newcastle Museum - A collective account of six Natural History illustrators from the University of Newcastle’s Natural History Illustration degree program on a five-day sailing expedition to Broughton Island.
  • 2015 Solo PhD Exhibition, Senta Taft-Hendry Museum, University of Newcastle - ‘A Visual Investigation into Images of Land, Sea, Sky and Cloud: History, Science and Travel Applied to a Contemporary Art Practice’.

Publications

  • 2013 Paddlepop Press, Sydney, NSW - 'Fun with Water' Playschool Activity Book
  • 2010 Lee and Low Books, New York, NY - 'Seaside Dream' Author: Janet Bates
  • 2006 Blue Sky Press, Scholastic, New York, NY - 'The Journey: Stories of Migration' Author: Cynthia Rylant
  • 2004 Blue Sky Press, Scholastic, New York, NY - 'Swimming with Dolphins' Author & Illustrator
  • 2003 Blue Sky Press, Scholastic, New York, NY - 'Whales Passing' Author: Eve Bunting
  • 2000 Margaret Hamilton Books, Scholastic, Sydney, NSW - 'Snow Bear' Author: Liliana Stafford
  • 2000 Island Heritage Publishing, Honolulu, HI - 'Willie’s Wallabies' Author: Suzanne Kita
  • 1999 Omnibus Books, Scholastic, Adelaide, SA - 'Sunflower!' Author: Joanne Horniman
  • 1994 Harper Collins Publishers, New York, NY - 'Baby Whales Drink Milk' Author: Barbara Esbensen
  • 1992 Harcourt Brace and Co. San Diego, CA - 'Rikki-Tikki-Tavi' Author: Rudyard Kipling
  • 1991 Harcourt Brace and Co. San Diego, CA - 'Trouble Dolls' Author: Jimmy Buffett and Savannah Jane Buffett
  • 1990 Harcourt Brace and Co. San Diego, CA - 'The Dark Way' Author: Virginia Hamilton
  • 1989 Harcourt Brace and Co. San Diego, CA - 'The Bells of Christmas' Author: Virginia Hamilton
  • 1989 Harcourt Brace and Co. San Diego, CA - 'The Terrible Hodag' Author: Caroline Arnold
  • 1988 Harcourt Brace and Co. San Diego, CA - 'The Jollymon' Author: Jimmy Buffett and Savannah Jane Buffett

  • Very informative and all my questions answered. I have gained lots of valuable knowledge. Thank you to the instructor for sharing their incredible skills and artistic knowledge.
  • I really enjoyed the course, it gave me a much better understanding of the process that goes into illustrating a book. I was left feeling motivated and my passion to pursue illustration was reinforced. The sessions worked really well for me as I was able to really focus on the work and get stuck in. I am very pleased with the help, feedback and information throughout.

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Children's Book Illustration Course
$418 inc GST
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Children's Book Illustration Course
$418 inc GST
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There are places available
$418 inc GST
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