Online Class

The Art of the Picture Book

$34.99$49.99

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

Skill Level

Intermediate

What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Shadra Strickland
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Generating Ideas
19:33
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.
2. Character Development
20:40
3. Gesture, Emotion & Setting
22:22
4. Book Structure
14:45
5. Storyboard Pacing & Composition
38:34
6. Critique & Mood
32:01
7. Final Art & Book Dummy
16:44

Taught by

Shadra Strickland
Shadra Strickland
Shadra Strickland is a Baltimore-based illustrator who specializes in children’s picture books. Currently, she teaches illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Strickland frequently collaborates with other illustrators and authors, an endeavor that has earned several publishing accolades, including the Ezra Jack Keats Award and the Coretta Scott King / John Steptoe Award. When she’s not teaching Craftsy classes, Strickland enjoys conducting workshops and sharing her craft with children and adults across the country.
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