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Enter to Win an Online Class, Art and a Picture Book From Shadra Strickland

Announcing a special Craftsy blog giveaway! Read on to find out how you can win FREE enrollment in Shadra Strickland's popular Craftsy class The Art of the Picture Book, plus artwork and more!

Shadra Strickland Giveaway on the Craftsy Blog

What you'll win:

One lucky winner will receive free access to Shadra Strickland's online Craftsy class The Art of the Picture Book, which provides step-by-step guidance for bringing your story concepts to life in picture books that will capture the attention of children and publishers alike.

They'll also receive a copy of Please, Louise, written by Toni and Slade Morrison and illustrated by Shadra Strickland. In Please, Louise, the power that comes with a new library card helps a tentative young girl to unlock her imagination and overcome her fears. This is a perfect story to help spark your own picture book concept or to read with your favorite youngster.

Plus, they'll get an 11" x 14" print of "Dogwood" (seen below) an original illustration that captures Shadra's dreams of her childhood springs in Georgia. This piece of art would be a warm and welcoming addition to any child's bedroom or playroom.

Dogwood, an illustration by Shadra Strickland

Enter here for your chance to WIN!
*The deadline to enter the giveaway is August 11, 2014 at midnight MT. A winner will be chosen at random and notified via email.

Learn more about Shadra Strickland:

Shadra Strickland has been drawn to drawing and storytelling since the age of 5. As a young adult, she studied design, writing and illustration at Syracuse University. After college, Shadra taught elementary school for three years, before the call of creating drew her back to New York. She became an illustrator, and went on to receive her M.F.A at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Today, Shadra teaches illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore as well as sharing her passion for art with children and adults through school visits and workshops.

Shadra is a recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats Award and the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent in 2009 for her work on her first picture book, Bird, written by Zetta Elliot. She co-illustrated Our Children Can Soar, which won a 2010 NAACP Image Award. Shadra is also the illustrator of Please, Louise, written by Toni and Slade Morrison, as well as A Place Where Hurricanes Happen, written by Renee Watson.

Learn more about Shadra's Class, The Art of the Picture Book:

Get all the guidance you need to bring characters to life in stories that speak to both children and adults. Shadra will help you develop characters and illustrate them with emotion and expressions readers can relate to. Learn tips for creating a storyboard to help you explore and understand the pace and arc of your narrative. And, as your story comes to light, you'll see how to create a book dummy and final art to submit to a publisher, or to help you craft a finished piece that family and friends can enjoy with their children again and again.

Sign up for Shadra's The Art of the Picture Book class, where you'll find all the inspiration and instruction you need to illustrate powerful, publishable children's books. If you win the giveaway, we'll refund the cost of the class!

Craftsy Member Reviews of Shadra's Class:

"Thanks, Shadra, for this class. I have so many ideas for books and now I know how to develop them with your help. I have some experience with publishing in the craft world, but really wanted to share my children's stories. I am excited to be learning exactly how to do that!"

"This is a really fun class. I just wanted to learn how to do storyboarding; however, the class had so much interesting information in it. One of the things I liked so much was the fact that this would be great information for teaching children how to write their own picture books."

Discover projects from Shadra's class:

Students in Shadra's class have created some spectacular characters and stories. Here are a few that we found inspiring.

Illustrated Wizard by Craftsy Student Ingrid van der Knaap"Magic Fluts" by Craftsy member Ingrid van der Knaap

Who is this wonderful, whimsical wizard? We can only guess his powers are great and that the land he inhabits is full of interesting creatures. Is he the man characters in this illustrator's story?

Illustrated Dog by Craftsy Student SallyAnneWalker"Lily vs 2" by Craftsy member SallyAnneWalker

The detail on this dog is simply spectacular. It's like you could reach out and give her fuzzy face a scratch! And that paisley-clad bandana, wow! How do the rats in the background play into her story?

Illustrated Elephant in the Jungle"If I Could Ride an Elephant" by Craftsy member lmsmurphy2520997

The cool grays and purples of this beautiful elephant really pop against the warm greens and yellows of the foliage. The image is simply to bold not to wonder how this enormous yet gentle-looking pachyderm plays into this illustrator's story.

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