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The Art of the Picture Book

with Shadra Strickland
Unlock your inner storyteller and illustrate a picture book that will captivate children and publishers alike.

Published illustrator Shadra Strickland guides you through the foundational techniques you need to create strong visual stories. Delve into various picture-book structures and select the best format for your work. Discover Shadra’s secrets for using simple shapes to build complex, expressive characters. Gain critical insight into book pacing, imagery and text placement by creating a storyboard. Develop thematic boards and color studies to give your illustrations the depth they deserve. Plus, learn industry tricks to prepare your book for proposal. Bring your creativity to life in a picture book that will delight children and publishers everywhere!

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Lesson 1. Generating Ideas

  • Meet your instructor, children's book author Shadra Strickland. Then dive into an exploration of how text and images work together to create meaningful stories.


Lesson 2. Character Development


Lesson 3. Gesture, Emotion & Setting


Lesson 4. Book Structure


Lesson 5. Storyboard Pacing & Composition


Lesson 6. Critique & Mood


Lesson 7. Final Art & Book Dummy

"I have watched all the tutorials and I'm in the process of putting my storybook together. I will watch them again as they are very informative and it has given me a really good insight into making a picture book. An excellent teacher always ready with advice and encouragement. You can tell she enjoys her work which makes all the difference to how she teaches in her tutorials. Will recommend."
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