The Art of the Picture Book DVD


Item: W0073R


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!

NOTE: Any PDF materials associated with this class are not provided with the DVD-only purchase. You must have streaming access to download those materials. To purchase the combination DVD + Streaming form of this class, click here.

Class Sessions

Generating Ideas (19:34)
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.

Character Development (20:41)
What qualities bring a character to life? Strickland guides you through everything you need to know, from how to identify with your character through various ways to develop compelling stories and meaningful imagery.

Gesture, Emotion & Setting (22:24)
Learn how to infuse emotion into your illustrations with realistic expressions, postures and composition ideas that will continue to breathe life into the characters on the page.

Book Structure (14:46)
Robust characters need a carefully designed book to live in, so follow along as Strickland explains self-ended and separate-ended layout options for picture books, including notes on trim sizes and other technical considerations.

Storyboard Pacing & Composition (38:36)
Discover how to turn an ordinary story into an extraordinary adventure as you push yourself to add more depth, dimension and movement into your illustrations.

Critique & Mood (32:03)
Every project needs a strong critique, and Strickland shares the best tricks of the trade for revising your work with fresh eyes. You’ll also discover ways to experiment with mood and color that can improve your story with as little as one change in your palette.

Final Art & Book Dummy (16:46)
Strickland wraps up the class with a tutorial on creating and submitting a dummy for a publisher, including tips on how to create a dummy for self-publishing or personal gifts. You’ll leave the class wanting to run straight for the drawing board in pursuit of your next story!

Your Instructor

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.


How will I receive my DVD class?
Your class DVD will be shipped in the mail using the address you provide at checkout. You will not have streaming access to this class in your Craftsy Account unless you purchase(d) it separately. If you’d like to own this class in BOTH on-demand streaming form and DVD, we recommend you purchase that combination item on Craftsy.com.

Will the companion materials come with my DVD class?
Any downloadable class PDF materials are not included on the DVD, so you will not have access to those materials. While the video instruction on your DVD is complete, you must have streaming access to download the PDF materials associated with the class. You can purchase streaming access or a combination DVD + Streaming access on Craftsy.com.

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