Shadra Strickland
Craftsy Instructor

Baltimore, MD

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 ... Read Full Bio »

Shadra's Craftsy Classes


The Art of the Picture Book

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!

$34.99 $49.99

What's New

Hi everyone, I just wanted to share some great news to hopefully inspire those of you who want to be professional book illustrators one day. Elizabeth Lilly, illustrator of Tall, Lean, Geraldine, landed an agent! She is on her way to getting her books out into the world! Jaime Kim, illustrator of the Goldilocks & the Three Bears images is working on her first book with a major publishing house. Both of these students went through the same steps in making their picturebooks come to life. Keep working and you'll be surprised at how far your work will come! Lastly, please do comment on the work that is posted in our class. A variety of feedback really helps us make informed decisions about our work. -Shadra

Shadra's Projects

Exploring Mood & Color Schemes
Character Sketches
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