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Illustrating Children’s Books Student Showcase part 10 {Oct 2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous student work that was produced in our first session of Illustrating Children’s Books. Here is part 10 in the showcase series.

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Alexandra Thompson

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Alexandra ThompsonprofileMy favorite week was the week of poses. I just loved getting to know all of my characters. The more I drew each one, the better I got to know them and learn a little bit more about their personalities.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

I learned so much through this class. From the business side of things, like how to submit my work to agents and what they are looking for – to working on character development and drawing techniques. Most of all, it was seeing the kind of personal growth that I was capable of if I just dedicated the time each and every day to work on my art.

What did you discover about yourself?

I learned that the more I draw, the more I’m able to see my own personal style evolve and take shape. It’s always been a struggle to define my own personal “style” and this course has been a huge help.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

This course is intense, inspiring, packed with amazing information, and worth every penny.

See more work here: Website

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Annie Gillaume-Gantz

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How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ course helped me to begin to rediscover who I am and want to be as an Illustrator after a long period not pursuing my Illustration career.

What did you discover about yourself?

It helped me rediscovered my love of childrens book illustrations that I once knew in college and helped me to let go of some of my formal college art school training and be free to be me.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

An amazing and intense experience, that I signed up for again, that pushed me to thrive as an artist in an enjoyable format.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Erica De Chavez | PandaErica

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PandaErica_ProfilePhoto_72dpiThis is my finished book cover assignment from the 5th and last week of class. This assignment is my favorite piece that I completed out of the whole course. It really encapsulates all of the elements I learned from the class: good composition, hand lettering, strong character design and environment all into one. Each week I learned more and more about my main character and all of the secondary characters too and had a really good idea of what kind of environment I wanted them all to exist in. All of the exploration and experimentation I did in the weeks culminating to this assignment also helped me establish the final style I wanted to illustrate the cover in too!

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

The ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class helped me grow by giving me a comfortable space to explore and create my art in with the support of a community of artists who were taking the class alongside me. Lilla and Zoe’s PDFs of cheat sheets, tell alls, industry interviews and overall positive can-do attitude helped me stay motivated and focused on creating art that was the best I could produce in such a short amount of time. Not only was all of the information and content of the class insightful and fun, it’s also readily downloadable so that I can always go back and re-read and go over all of the amazing tips and tricks that will help make all of my illustrations in the future better.

What did you discover about yourself?

During the course of the class, I discovered that by exploring and pushing myself outside of my comfort box of how I normally illustrate helped me find what I truly like and dislike creating. The quick turnarounds and mini assignments helped me stretch my imagination muscles and in the end helped me discover quicker techniques and ways of creating art that I normally would not try on my own. Also, with Lilla’s clever worksheets that helped break down and analyze the story texts, I learned what kind of art and stories my individual style and personality are naturally drawn to.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

This course is motivating, supporting, informative, eye-opening, and totally worth the price of the class! I got so much great feedback on my own art, learned a ton about the industry and what art directors/agents really look for in a children’s book illustrator. I also learned how I can apply those qualities into my own art and portfolio.

See more work here: Website | Facebook

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Arpi Krikorian

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Arpi KrikorianprofileThis was part of the “spread” assignment. I love that I went outside my comfort zone and changed my usual color scheme. It describes the part as Ada as an infant.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

This class helped break down all the steps of developing a character which is what I struggled with the most.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I can actually draw a cohesive story and develop believable, animated characters.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

This course is the perfect class to take to make your dream of developing a children’s book a reality. You discover the truth in “you had it in you all along”. It was absolutely my favorite class I have ever taken, anywhere!

See more work here: Website | Instagram

 

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Angeli Rafer

AngeliRafer_StudentShowCaseEntryThe image is from Week 4, Environment, which challenged me to consider not only the character design, but how they fit in with the background and props to help bring the story to life.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

Seeing other wonderful interpretations of the same text has inspired me to continue to pursue and develop my own style; there’s literally a niche for everyone! This course has given me the confidence to feel proud about my art’s unique look and to begin to strategically market it, instead of trying to pigeon-hole my style into something it’s not.

What did you discover about yourself?

That I’m a bit impatient and eager to move on to the final art when really I should slow down and take as much time as possible to develop an idea before even considering the final.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

An exhilarating crash course in children’s illustration that also gives you room to slow down and reexamine where you are now as an artist, and how to grow to reach your future goals.

See more work here: Website | Instagram | Facebook

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Violet Agg

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Violet Agg_Profile Picture finalThe image I choose is my cover proposal for the traditional russian tale “The Gigantic Turnip”. My goal was to showcase important elements of the plot, from the moment the character of the grandad plants the turnip and cares for it to grow, to the moment the turnip gets gigantic and it needs to be pulled out of the ground. While developing the characters for this story I started to notice the character of grandad had a very sweet and caring personality, he was nurturing the Turnip with fatherly love. So for that reason, I wanted to show that special bond between them and thats how I decided I would compose the scene. It’s my favorite week as it implemented and connected everything that we learned during the course (poses, character design and environment to name a few). By the time we were given this assignment I had a very clear vision of the overall aesthetics of the world I wanted to create for this story and therefor the design of the cover was a very smooth process and enjoyable process.
How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

The course allowed me to grow in confidence by sharing my work with others in various stages of their illustration careers as well as sharing my work with an agent and an art director.

Regardless of what level you are currently at, you have to show the work, which is a positive as putting your work out there is the first step you have to take for things to start happening.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered the following about myself during the course:

*I discovered that by adding a bit of texture to your image it can bring it to life, its the subtleties that define the personality of your style.

*I really like the craftsmanship behind traditional looking illustrations, but I also love unusual compositions. For me is important to respect the line that forms a particular anatomy of an animal or a person of a certain age. I don’t like drawings that are forced to be something they are not.

*Illustrating makes me happy , I don’t need approval from others to feel happy about my work
I can be self critical and implement changes without comparing my work to others

*I will always be original by listening to my own unique voice.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

I would describe the course as an opportunity to infiltrate the world of a professional children’s books illustrator. You get the chance to learn from multiple perspectives (agent , art director , illustrator) taught in such a way that it feels like you are working on commissioned pieces, it simulates what it would be like to do this for a living.

Its encouraging to listen to the interviews of professional children’s books illustrators, because they have the same struggles and doubts that you may feel while working in your own illustrations, you know then that is ok if you don’t have all the answers in one go, everything eventually will unravel if you are willing to put in the work.

Lilla and Zoe break down all the elements that make a picture book successful in a class filled with invaluable material, lots of fun and words of encouragement.

See more work here: Website

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Do you dream of illustrating a children’s book?  Would you love to create a magical world with characters that you’ve designed? Do you love the magic of children’s books and feel that you have something to offer? Then this course is for you.matsD-banner-h02650

In five weeks, you’ll create a brilliant children’s book pitch to help you land your dream children’s book gig. You’ll get over 20 videos, weekly assignments, live weekly video reviews, interviews with publishers and illustrators and more. Co-taught by top art agent Lilla Rogers and highly-respected children’s book art director Zoe Tucker.

Spaces are limited! Don’t miss out. REGISTER HERE

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Illustrating Children’s Books Student Showcase part 9 {Oct 2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous student work that was produced in our first session of Illustrating Children’s Books. Here is part 9 in the showcase series.

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Lynne Pritchard | Gingermog

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LynnePritchard_prfileMy illustration “Lost in the Woods” was inspired the fantasy landscape imagined outside of my tiny attic window, In reality I live in the middle of urban London and the view outside my window is a brick and slate tangle of roofs, chimneys, drainpipes and historical TV aerials, which became in my imagination a magical wood my little black escapes to explore every night.

It was my favourite exercise because it helped me explore and become braver with texture and colours. I began to loosen up.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

I became braver with texture and colour.

What did you discover about yourself?

Freedom to really do my own thing and explore my imagination without heavy self criticism similar to the joy of creating and unlimited imagination when drawing as a child.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

An in depth, energetic and multi coloured boost to kick start your children’s illustrations portfolio and begin pursuing your dreams to getting published.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

 

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Katie Mazeika

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The image is from the environment week. It was my favorite week because that was the week we put it all together. The thinking about our character’s expressions, poses and accessories all come together when we created a two page spread. My image shows Ada Lovelace analyzing a bird while dreaming about making her own wings and flying.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

I learned not to throw away any part of an expression or pose. Every little thing can point to who your character is.

What did you discover about yourself?

That I can drop the nitpicking over little stuff and work faster.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

Intense, I felt like I needed several weeks to go back and digest the material. There is so much information, but it’s all great stuff. Even listening to Lilla and Zoe rehash things I thought I knew was enlightening.

See more work here: Website | Facebook

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Frederika Kluiwstra

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This is from the story of Ada Lovelace. Text to be illustrated: When Ada was 17 years old she met Mr. Charles Babbage. Charles was an inventor, and he was very, very good at maths. He spent his days locked away in his study at Cambridge University, creating weird and wonderful mathematical machines.

The assignment was about drawing environments, a scene from a chosen text on a double page spread. The main character had to be included in the illustration. I loved this week about environments. It really challenged me to think about composition and how to draw an interesting and storytelling illustration, like which scene items you chose. It was also fun to add something extra to the story – the cat is not in the provided text for example.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
It challenged me to draw more and more. Try new things. And not to compare myself with others.

What did you discover about yourself?
That I am on my way and that I love to draw.

How would you describe the course to a friend?
This is a very challenging and fun course about illustrating children’s books. You will get great assignments and a lot of valuable information about topics like analyzing the text that you are going to work from, building a character, including accessories and the environment, cover design and how to build a career.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Jenny Stocker

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JennyStockerArtistPhotoHow did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

“Illustrating Children’s Books” was such a challenging course for me! I draw everyday, but I’m primarily a printmaker, who’s always been interested in illustration. Listening to Lilla , Zoe, and the amazing guests who discussed not just technique, but the business of being an artist in this field was really eye-opening…although I work with sales in mind, it was very different for me to address appealing to a broader audience, (children first, then publishers and even parents!) Making that mental shift to being an illustrator and working with a brief is an interesting journey that I’m just beginning.

What did you discover about yourself?

I learned so much in this course, not only from doing my own work, but from the excellent reviews each week. I did most of the coursework in black and white, staying in my comfort zone…and I realized by the end, that I needed to take more risks with color. Also, I’m very “old school”, using traditional techniques then scanning and using minimal digital work (mainly darkening pencil lines to show up on the screen.) As I continue with MATS courses, it’s my goal to learn more computer skills to enhance my illustrations.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

I have already recommended this course to several friends! I have also told them to be prepared to work hard, to be open to change, and to take advantage of all the course offers with the daily prompts, Facebook group, and the weekly assignments…

See more work here: Website

 

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Mara Penny

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The main character, Ada Lovelace, as a child.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

This class really made me analyze every aspect of my illustration process.

What did you discover about yourself?

I was surprised that I liked researching the charter so much. I loved digging into the time period to get the details right… Ada’s dress has a Fano Plane pattern. Look it up ;)

How would you describe the course to a friend?

This course was chock-full of valuable information! It covers every single aspect of illustrating children’s book. It truly is a step-by-step guide.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Do you dream of illustrating a children’s book?  Would you love to create a magical world with characters that you’ve designed? Do you love the magic of children’s books and feel that you have something to offer? Then this course is for you.matsD-banner-h02650

In five weeks, you’ll create a brilliant children’s book pitch to help you land your dream children’s book gig. You’ll get over 20 videos, weekly assignments, live weekly video reviews, interviews with publishers and illustrators and more. Co-taught by top art agent Lilla Rogers and highly-respected children’s book art director Zoe Tucker.

Spaces are limited! Don’t miss out. REGISTER HERE

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Illustrating Children’s Books Student Showcase part 8 {Oct 2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous student work that was produced in our first session of Illustrating Children’s Books. Here is part 8 in the showcase series.

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Danelle Prestwich

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Danelle Prestwich facebookprofilepicThis image is from the “Poses” assignment. It is my favorite because I loved exploring the different poses mixed with expressions of my character. Her personality and character came alive for me during that assignment.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

The class opened my eyes to the world of Children’s Book illustrating. There was so much to the business side that I was unaware of- now I feel more prepared and grounded as I am building up my portfolio to send to art directors.

What did you discover about yourself?

During the length of the course I discovered that I am more capable than I could have imagined. In the past I struggled with completing illustrations because I thought that I didn’t have the skills or the time, but this class pushed me to deliver completed pieces for the main assignment weekly as well as mini assignments and sketches. It enabled me to see that with a little hard work I can have what it takes to make a living as an artist.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

This class is great for anyone who is interested in breaking into the world of Children’s Literature, but doesn’t know where to begin. The weekly assignments are great portfolio builders! Also, Lilla and Zoe wonderfully explain the process of illustrating a book, as well as what to submit (and what not to submit) to art directors and publishers.

See more work: Website | Instagram

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Gabriela Larios

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Gabriela LariosprofileMy favourite week was week 4 where we learned about environments – I discovered that I really enjoy the creation of environments which is like in a theatre, the setting where all the characters and the action takes place. This was one of the more intense weeks of all the course, every element in my piece was created from scratch and I was very pleased with the result.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

It helped me to get a deeper understanding of how to illustrate Children’s Books especially how to develop less static/rigid characters with more expression and movement suitable for a picture book. It taught me the importance of observing animal or human figures in more detail to be able to develop convincing characters.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered my strengths and weaknesses regarding children’s books illustration and things I need to continue developing further. I also became more confident about skills needed to create successful characters and what publishers are looking for and expecting to see in your portfolio so they feel confident to work with you.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

MATS Illustrating for Children’s Books is a very insightful course which gives you in depth relevant knowledge about how to create great characters and pitch children’s books ideas to potential publishers.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

 

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Leah Quinn Design

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The ‘Environment Week in Week Four’ was one of my more favorites, though frankly each week was my favorite, who am I kidding! ;)

What was so fun about this particular week was seeing all of my art pieces coming together in a scene, which was a completely new skill I learned being quite different from creating mockups for Home Decor. I also loved seeing me experiment by applying my pattern designs in new ways as I found this thrilling for me to play with.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

The Illustrating Children’s Book course did so much for me in terms of becoming more confident working in PS, including drawing and coloring digitally – which was something I set out to do with this course. I also so loved how the course took me out of my comfort zone easily and with assuredness to simply create art and characters while not worrying about the outcome per se. I learned to play while creating my art in ways I haven’t ever before.

What did you discover about yourself?

One of the things I discovered about myself was how easy it was to find my joy while creating for this course. By chance, I had very little time as compared to other times I took MATS courses to properly give the time needed to do my own art with justice for the course. But I kept at it. I submitted something every week. Even though I saw many ‘mistakes’ I made such as an overly stiff Ada standing, I could see it, whereby before I wasn’t seeing those things that needed fixing so quickly. Having a more relaxed ‘feeling’ to my submitted work is a goal for me during MATS courses for 2017.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

In describing this course to a friend, I would share this, “When the student is ready to really learn, the right teacher is there before them. And just like that, as if by magic, MATS has literally the best courses out there in learning all there is to know about producing agent-ready art for pitching. Investing in one’s self and own art career is worth more than it’s weight in gold. Your art is the source of your joy and learning how to apply that joy is thrilling! This MATS’ ICB course is so filled with incredible videos, art examples, fun exercises for character and environment development, you won’t even know how much fun and amazing art you have created until the end of the course. Take it, your portfolio and perspective agent will thank you!”

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Isabelle Follath

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This is my cover for the Gigantic Turnip story from week 5. It shows the very moody turnip (she is a gigantic diva!) with the granddaughter and the little mouse, the smallest heroes of the story.
I particularly loved week 5, because we had to apply everything we’ve learned including lettering to design the cover illustration and I noticed the huge improvement I have made during those 5 weeks.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

The ICB class made me try out new techniques and explore new subjects, which gave me a heap of new ideas and made my style stronger. Sharing my work with all those generous and supportive fellow MATSies made me much more confident working in my own style and putting my work out there. One of the most valuable things I’ve learned is to break every task into small manageable pieces, which is a total blessing!

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I make my strongest artwork when I keep Lillas’s words «People buy your joy» in mind. That really puts the fun and magic back into my work.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

The Illustrating Children’s Books course teaches you all the vital things you need to know to create a successful portfolio for the children’s book market in 5 weeks. From character development, expressions, poses, environment, to a double page spread and even a cover. The weekly assignments are very challenging but always fun and so inspiring. You also get tons of inside information that would normally take weeks searching for and you even get tips on how to approach Art Directors and Art Agents.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Megan Pendergrass

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megan Pendergrass-photoSpread for the Owl and the pussy cat story. This weeks assignment focused on environment which ended up being my favorite. I had a good time imaging the world the characters I made lived in.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
The class taught me the overall process of making a children’s book. I have always had these stories and characters that I wanted to develop but I didn’t know where to start. This class shows you were to start and what to do when you have something. Its also good for portfolio building anyone would benefit. Also just having deadlines and supportive competition from my classmates.

What did you discover about yourself?
I found I really like illustrating for a story it feels like a visual puzzle. I found it to be similar to animation but I like how a picture book tells the same story in a condensed way.

How would you describe the course to a friend?
Comprehensive course for learning about illustrating children’s books and the market. A great resource for children’s book beginners or veterans.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Kasia Warpas

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Kasia Warpas profileThis is a spread design to a story about Ada Lovelace who, as a child, wanted to fly. This spread brought the most of joy to me during the course. I spend a lot of time researching birds, wings, feathers and renaissance constructions of flying machines. I sketched and sketched like Ada would sketch when she was studying the art of flying. And than I have decided to stick all of these ideas to the wall, to create an imaginary studio where Ada would try her ideas out. I suppose I like it the most as it captures the moment when I became Ada herself – a very emotional and intimate moment.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
The class was helpful in many ways. The daily sketchbook prompts made me develop a systematic routine of just doodling and exploring. The weekly assignments motivated me to work hard on my style and to try new tools out. The MATS community helped me to see my work objectively – to improve them, but also appreciate them more. Zoe and Lilla added a tone of valuable insights from the industry that helped me to understand it better and prepare my portfolio accordingly.

What did you discover about yourself?
During the course I learned that I need quite a long time to think about the ideas for my illustrations, but when the thinking is done – I’m pretty quick in the execution. It also occurred that I love designing spreads and that my training in animation making is very useful while thinking about the pace of a book. Last but not least, it occurred that being me is quite okay and the more I do it the better I become. Yay!

How would you describe the course to a friend?
It’s a very intense course that will make you think in spreads and vignettes, see poses everywhere, gather accessories and note emotions on everything. You will draw like crazy and you won’t sleep out of excitement. But you will finish it as a stronger, more confident person, who tried something new and owned it. And you will get to know a bunch of wonderful, extremely talented people from all around the world.

See more work here: Website | Instagram 

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Do you dream of illustrating a children’s book?  Would you love to create a magical world with characters that you’ve designed? Do you love the magic of children’s books and feel that you have something to offer? Then this course is for you.matsD-banner-h02650

In five weeks, you’ll create a brilliant children’s book pitch to help you land your dream children’s book gig. You’ll get over 20 videos, weekly assignments, live weekly video reviews, interviews with publishers and illustrators and more. Co-taught by top art agent Lilla Rogers and highly-respected children’s book art director Zoe Tucker.

Spaces are limited! Don’t miss out. REGISTER HERE

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Illustrating Children’s Books Student Showcase part 7 {Oct 2016 class}


studentshowcase

We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous student work that was produced in our first session of Illustrating Children’s Books.  Here is part 7 in the showcase series.

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Henna Ryynänen | Studio Spotnik

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In the ICB class I worked with the Giant turnip story and week 4 was my favourite. I have to admit I enjoyed all the weeks but after week 3 I really got in to this and had a huge progress in my style and way of thinking.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

The IBC class helped me to realise that there’s room for everyone in the art business. No matter if your style is very groovy, bold or really minimal you’ll have plenty of opportunities if you just keep trying and drawing daily. Art career is a process. Most importantly i found my joy again.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I can draw emotions really well and I really enjoy drawing with traditional styles. Before this course I was stuck with vector drawings. Week with Lilla opened my eyes completely and I had courage to test new ways of drawing.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

If you are seeking good guidance for the illustrating children’s books business this is the course for you. You’ll learn so much about the industry and there’s amazing Facebook group full of talented peers. be active, remember it’s not a competition it’s about you and your personal growth. Just have fun draw like maniac!

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Too Lilyish

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toolilyish profile imageWeek 2 emotions, I really enjoyed bringing the character to life, getting to know them better through facial expressions and gestures.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
It really pushed me out of my comfort zone to develop a stronger sense of style and personality within my work. This then led to getting represented by Bright agency at the end of last year!

What did you discover about yourself?
That you are capable of more than you think, to not give and up and to keep drawing everyday!

How would you describe the course to a friend?

Amazing, fun, inspiring, challenging, encouraging, fast passed, with fantastic teachers and a great support network.

See more work here: Website | Blog 

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Nadja Sarell

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NADJA_SARELL_ProfilePicMy favourite assignment was the cover design from week 5. Though I did enjoy all the steps leading to it too! The cover was my favourite because by then I knew my character Ada Lovelace so well. I had developed my style further and I got to be creative with the concept, composition and typography. I had already solved the character, so I could just enjoy creating an appealing illustration and bringing the whole story of Ada into one image. It wasn’t easy though!

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

During the very intensive five weeks I had a chance to experiment, learn from others and develop my own “voice” as an illustrator. I got more confident in recognizing my style and my place in the vast world of children’s book illustration. There was also plenty of useful business info and insider tips.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I can work hard and really push myself when necessary. I did love the weekly deadlines to help me with that!

How would you describe the course to a friend?

“Illustrating Children’s Books” suits anyone who wants to be a children’s book illustrator, from beginner to professional. It has an incredible online community of students from around the world to support you and give positive feedback. Lilla and Zoe are a dream team; inspiring, demanding and fun! Be prepared to work hard to get the most out of the course.

See more work here: Website| Instagram

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Jennifer Lynam Brown

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This is My Ada character sheet. My favorite week was when we developed our characters. My Ada came alive for me that week, I had so much fun getting to know her and watching her emerge in different poses and expressions.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

My illustration work took a leap forward during the course “Illustrating Children’s Books”. I learned what it takes to keep meeting deadlines and to make improvements on my first sketches. I am inspired and I now have a regular practice schedule. I know I have more to work on, other students gave me a level that I need to push myself toward. But I feel like I am on my way.
I also know that I have to keep finding joy in the work. MATS makes sure we incorporate joy along the way!

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I love the work. It’s not easy, especially to begin. But once I have a project going I am happy and moving forward. Jobs haven’t come my way yet but I have a new direction and a purpose for myself. I am more realistic about what it will take for me to create my best work. Lilla and Zoe provide the support that I need to keep working and developing.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

If you want encouragement and inspiration for becoming a Children’s Book illustrator this is a wonderful step to take in your career.

See more work here: Website 

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Elizabeth Sparg

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elizabeth-spargThis is my spread for the text: “Ada was born in London, on a cold, bright, December day, in 1815. Things were a little different back then, and if you looked out the window on that snowy day it might have looked a lot like this. (They lived in a beautiful smart part of town, and there were no cars on the street, just horse and carriages going by.)”

The “Environments” week was my favourite week because this was the week I started to find a style that I loved. It was also the week we got to start to put everything together which was very exciting.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
I learnt a lot about creating characters and telling stories. This is a fairly new arena for me and the amount of information and tips gained was incredible. Even a bit overwhelming at times, but it has pushed me to try new things and become a better illustrator over all, I think. I have started thinking about characters and expressions in all my work since the course and I can see how it can add that extra something special to any artwork – something I never paid much attention to before. I feel my characters still need a lot of work, but I now have a good understanding of what I am aiming for.

What did you discover about yourself?
I loved the challenge of learning something new and I loved being part of a creative community. I have been freelancing / working alone for a while and it is has been a really refreshing and rewarding experience to be part of such an awe-inspiring community. More than anything I have realised that I want to be better (aka really good) at what I do and how much I still can learn and grow… which is really exciting. The course also helped me to believe in my abilities and to “be myself with a vengeance” as Lilla puts it. This is so valuable and to be reminded constantly is priceless.

How would you describe the course to a friend?
This course is amazing. It genuinely delivers as promised and is worth every penny. You will learn industry insights, illustration tips and exactly what is needed to confidently create a pitch you can send off to publishers. It is very intense and I would seriously recommend clearing your schedule before you do it, to make the most out of it. I regretted not having enough time to spend on the assignments, but that said, you can always revisit the assignments afterwards. The general standard of work is incredible and extremely inspiring, and Zoe and Lilla are so kind and encouraging and just choc full of knowledge. This is probably one of the most useful and inspiring course/workshop I have ever done.

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Elizabeth Wood Illustration

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elizabeth_wood_portrait_72ppiWeek 3: Poses for The Owl and the Pussycat. Week three was my favorite week as I felt the “Poses” assignment is what I can do best among all of the assignments from the class. I love drawing and doodling all sorts of characters in various movement with readable facial and body expressions. It was still a very challenging week, but the media and assembly approach I took that week turned out to be best in terms of work flow.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

Too many ways to count. Primarily, it helped me understand what the children’s book industry is looking for in terms of characters, how they are conveyed to be highly readable emotionally and otherwise, how the interactions and/or body language between characters is of vital importance, telling the story in a way that not only captivates but makes sense to the reader, and use of color. It really helped to receive an abundance of tangible information about the industry, the anatomy of books, tutorials in drawing approaches and other practical industry advice. Last but not least, it’s OK to be less literal in depicting a scene/image as long as the emotion and story are clearly conveyed, and all styles from representational to a naive, non representational style can be effective.

What did you discover about yourself?

I can create emotion in my work and keep my overall style/voice, and experiment with media at the same time to develop stronger work.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

Highly informative, lots concrete information. A very supportive environment. An intensive, challenging schedule, but provides enough time to absorb the information and to grow as an artist. Both Lilla and Zoe shared a great deal of practical information, and kind encouragement and support to the entire class.

See more work here: Website | Instagram | Facebook

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Do you dream of illustrating a children’s book?  Would you love to create a magical world with characters that you’ve designed? Do you love the magic of children’s books and feel that you have something to offer? Then this course is for you.matsD-banner-h02650

In five weeks, you’ll create a brilliant children’s book pitch to help you land your dream children’s book gig. You’ll get over 20 videos, weekly assignments, live weekly video reviews, interviews with publishers and illustrators and more. Co-taught by top art agent Lilla Rogers and highly-respected children’s book art director Zoe Tucker.

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Illustrating Children’s Books Student Showcase part 6 {Oct 2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous student work that was produced in our first session of Illustrating Children’s Books. Here is part 6 in the showcase series.

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Christine Benda

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Attached you will find a copy of the image I used during the character poses week. This week was my favorite week! We had already spent some time developing our character, drawing their accessories and then drawing them with expressive facial emotions. The third week we worked hard on getting characters to show expression with their whole bodies. It was fun to use real humans as models for my farmer bunny from “The Enormous Turnip”. I had a lot of fun creating a whole page of poses for him. I really thought a lot about how he might move, what activities he may do, and especially playing with his ears! I moved him off the farm and sent him to yoga classes and baseball games. I decided I didn’t want an old grandpa bunny who would throw his back out dealing with the gigantic turnip! I wanted a modern hip grandpa bunny.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

It was a blast! This whole course was so jam packed with materials. I will be using my notes and printouts and going back and creating more art for children’s books.

What did you discover about yourself?

I was able to get over my own fears a bit in this class and just have fun. As a first grade teacher, I am familiar with a lot of the books that are out there. It was great to be able to explore the books shared in the class. I had fun sharing my characters with my students, too.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

If a friend was interested in taking this class, I would tell them to set aside at least a couple hours each day and work really hard BUT have an awesome time exploring your imagination. It was so much fun to create this whole little family that went along with the text. Lilla and Zoe did a wonderful job of collecting so much information. I also LOVED the sketchbook daily prompts. Those were so helpful to keep me focused. Don’t forget you’ll have the support of a Facebook group to get feedback, support and even ideas. Thank you for my new favorite course!

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Angeliki Delecha

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Angeliki Delecha ProfilePicThe entire course was totally amazing! I chose to show my illustration from the cover.It was the 5th week of the course and it was amazing because i believe that the cover is the first thing we see when choosing a book , and it has to be well presented and stand out amongst all the other beautiful works out there.This particular assignment, which ended in designing our book cover was my favourite because we could demonstrate in one illustration everything we learned during these five weeks on the course, including composition, lettering, poses, emotions, presentation, mood. We went through a lot of exploration and at the end of the course we knew our character’s personality and posture very well.”

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
Very much indeed, first of all having worked on children’s book market for 8 years now, it gave me a different approach on the market. Made me realise my strong and weak points, and see which ones i need to work out on more. Also the emotional support Lilla and Zoe offered us during the course was astonishing! As artists we struggle with personal insecurities and they taught us how to put them aside, to enjoy the process, play and have fun. We produced a big amount of work that isn’t normally done under 5 weeks, and we did it! and it was super exciting!

What did you discover about yourself?
I learned that i love my work, i have a passion for art, and especially children’s books, and i will continue giving it my best, taking art lessons, practising, studying and becoming my better self, thus a better artist! As our beloved teacher Lilla always says ”BE YOU WITH A VENGEANCE!”

How would you describe the course to a friend?
I would definitely recommend anyone Lilla’s courses, not just this one, I am simply amazed by her good spirits, her love and passion for what she does. She is definitely the most kind hearted and efficient art teacher i’ve ever had!. And Zoe is such a sweet person! She is the art director everyone dreams of! She is kind, but also knows an amazing amount of things and her insights and guidance were things i will look back from time and time again. The best thing about the courses is the lovely pdf’s and videos, that even after the course has ended, you can go back and freshen up on your notes, study and take action on your personal projects! I will follow Lilla and Zoe and take part on as many courses as i can! A must try for sure, for every artist out there who wants to have an amazing lucrative portfolio and expand the job opportunities.

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Caroline Bonne Muller | Cartita Design

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Caroline Bonne Muller 300x300 linkedin_oI choose week 2, expressions. I learned so much that week, I had no idea what you all could tell in the positions of eyes, eyebrows and mouth and still having the same girl, even when I changed hairstyle!! It was an eye-opener!!

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

Every Mats course I take, gives me more confidence and more tools to work with!

What did you discover about yourself?

How much I enjoy to tell a little story in my drawings.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

Amazing!! Do it and experience yourself!

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Laura Irrgang

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laurairrgangIt was so fun to place characters from my story in different rooms of Ada Lovelace’s house. I chose to make Lilla and Zoe teachers for my character. Lilla always says “Give a lot”, so I tried to make this image full of exciting things to look at. When I was a child, I adored books where there were tons of things on every page.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

This course helped me really concentrate on characters. By thinking about how to tell the story in the best way possible, Lilla and Zoe showed me how to craft more effective characters.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I CAN create an entire children’s book course if I break it down step by step. Everything seems easier when you’re only focusing on the next step.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

This course is a whirlwind of information about how to illustrate a children’s book. It will teach you everything you need to know. Lilla and Zoe break it down for you step by step. They hold your hand through the process and make it fun! If you want to really challenge yourself and move your work to the next level, you simply have to sign up.

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Lettie Jane Rennekamp

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Lettie Jane RennekampprofileThe image I included was the full page spread assignment. I really enjoyed drawing the environment after spending so much time on the characters. I couldn’t wait to draw the jungle I kept seeing in my head as I worked on the characters, the poses, faces, and accessories. It also felt like the picture I made that told the best story, there was an action involved.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

It’s strange but one of the biggest things I took from the class was keeping my color palette complex and using grays. There was so much amazing information about how to make a pitch, where and with who, but I have yet to capitalize on that.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I could demand time for my artwork. It was the most difficult part of the class for me, making time, and I did it.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

A smorgasbord of information and inspiration on children’s books, practical and business tips as well as art, style, and illustration tips.

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Cynthia Jacquette

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Cynthia JacquetteBIOThe emotions week was my favorite week because, for me, it was the most playful week! I had a lot of fun exploring different facial expressions and watching my character’s mood change with a subtle shift of the eyebrows, mouth or head tilt. My character grows up in the story so it was an additional challenge drawing particular ages and discovering what features might change or stay the same.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
This class loosened me up and helped me let go of some of my restrained graphic design tendencies. The way the class is structured gave me room to explore working in different mediums and approaches. I feel more confident drawing people and feel like I understand what makes consistent, relatable characters.

What did you discover about yourself?
With Lilla’s mantra of “Be you with a vengeance” in the back of my head, I discovered how to tap into the silly, whimsical side that only my family and close friends normally see. It made me feel vulnerable at first but the joy (and constant chuckling to myself) that I experienced while drawing my characters was a huge revelation for me.

How would you describe the course to a friend?
Each assignment is jam-packed full of inspiration and challenges; at the end I was amazed at how much art I was able to make in just 5 weeks. Lilla and Zoe have awesome chemistry as they present the material, making it easy and fun to absorb. Being in a community with other students is invaluable—everyone is so generous and supportive!

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Do you dream of illustrating a children’s book?  Would you love to create a magical world with characters that you’ve designed? Do you love the magic of children’s books and feel that you have something to offer? Then this course is for you.matsD-banner-h02650

In five weeks, you’ll create a brilliant children’s book pitch to help you land your dream children’s book gig. You’ll get over 20 videos, weekly assignments, live weekly video reviews, interviews with publishers and illustrators and more. Co-taught by top art agent Lilla Rogers and highly-respected children’s book art director Zoe Tucker.

Spaces are limited! Don’t miss out. REGISTER HERE

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Illustrating Children’s Books Student Showcase part 5 {Oct 2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous student work that was produced in our first session of Illustrating Children’s Books. Here is part 5 in the showcase series.

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Deborah Melmon Illustration

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Cover for Ada Lovelace story. This was one of my favorite weeks because it included hand-written type and combined all that we had learned in previous weeks to come up with one image that best summarized the story.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

Even though I am already a children’s book illustrator, the course helped me to really focus on character development and experiment with a story that was out of the range of what I normally do. Gave me confidence to push my style and think outside of the box. The course also gave me new energy for my illustration career.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I still have lots to learn which is very exciting to me and that taking a break from client work and experimenting with new ideas is something that I need to do on a regular basis. I’m learning to temper my frustration levels and just go with the process of creating art, which this course is so good at allowing you to do.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

I would describe this course as a really good overview of all that it takes to be a children’s book illustrator, an intensive series of assignments to challenge your creativity in this field and understand the basic components of character and story development, and fabulous interviews and insider information from an art director who really knows her stuff. And, of course, Lilla’s positive energy, knowledge and insight. I think the energy of Zoe and Lilla, together, is what really made this course work for me.

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Mateja Lukežič – Mima Illustration

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Mateja Profile photoIllustration was made for the story (poem) The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear. I challenged myself by using a different color pallete as I used to. I wanted to update the story to our time, as it is an very old poem, and add a little bit humor between characters. The ‘environment week’ was my favorite, because it was the most challenging for me. I drew so many different sketches of scenes and it was hard to decided which one would be the best for final illustration. At the end I was very happy with the result. It was the most hard and in the end a rewarding week, which gave me strength to work further.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

I think the most important for me is that I have learned trought the class how to read a story, to see it wider, beyond the words and then make an amazing illustrations. How from the beginning to the end build a great charaters and enviroment by using the proper colors, technique and still be unique. That every sketch you made will be better from previous and more you will draw better you will be.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I can do anything I want if I’m willing to work for it, which I really am. And that sometimes is better to say ‘no’ to a project you don’t like and which will take you away from your goal and from work you really want. Instead of that dedicate to work which will bring you to a path you want to be.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

You will get full of inside information about the business from an agent and successful illustrators which are pure gold. How, where and to whom represent yourself as an illustrator. You will learn how to develop characters, environment based on a book which will take your work on a next level. You will be part of a great community of people who will also help you to grow. After the course you will have everything you need for illustrating Children’s books.

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Anna Berger

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anna berger profilbild-fbThis is my week 4 submission from the spread of Ada Lovelace. The spread is from the first pages of the story when Ada was born. I liked to show a windy London December day. And I made Ada come with the stork because I thought the Stork is kind of representing the historical time and start of a tale. This week was the most challenging for me. I need to place my characters in an environment! ahh scary. I loved doing the research from the historical time and it reminded me from when I worked in the theater, it is kind of similar thinking of an environment in a book and making environment to the theaters, maybe that was why I liked this week so much. The story was really shaped and the style I was after was more clear. Well ,l I loved every week from the beginning.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

I have grown in developing my caracters, to get time to let to know them and how. I also grown in how to be more focused on a longer project as we work with the same script all 5 weeks.

What did you discover about yourself?

That I can be more focused than I thought.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

Best course ever! I learned how to work on all the characters I draw to make them fit into stories. I feel much more confident in how to present my work to art directors and editors now. This is alot of hard work but I feel much more prepared now. And I now know I love to work in this market.

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Sharon Montgomery

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SHARON_MONTGOMERY_BIO_PIC_aThis image is from Week 4 Environment. After several weeks of character development and poses, week four was when it all came together and our characters could come to life in the environment we created for them. It was the most intense week, as making a double page spread is a ton of work, but it was the most rewarding for me as I suddenly saw how the whole book could come together like magic.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

This course really pushed you to develop my illustration skills further using characters and emotions.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I am able to tackle a large project such as a book by breaking it down into manageable pieces. Zoe and Lilla offered such helpful advice for all the students along the way.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

I would tell anyone interested in illustrating Children’s books to take this course. It’s the best one out there and jam-packed with information. You will have mad respect for professional book illustrators after this, I promise!

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Kirsti Davidson

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This was my double page spread for the assignment Environments. I had toyed with all sorts of different landscape options, a city allotment, a farm and a farmers market. But after struggling on for the whole week and most of the day before I decided to do it from the turnips point of view. with the frustrated characters staring down at him. I had had this sketch floating about and really wanted to use it, initially I was thinking of using it for the cover but thought it would be a more dynamic read as a double page spread.

After submitting I thought I’d completed missed the point and hadn’t done enough regarding the environment. I had chosen to use muted colours so the characters would really stand out but in hind sight would have liked to added a bit more to the background but as I was so close to the deadline, I had to just submit what I had!

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

Enormously! I haven’t drawn and doodled so much in ages and it was really fun. It really help build confidence and try new thing and not to be scared of getting it wrong!

What did you discover about yourself?

That I work best under pressure! Having mini and a weekly assignments really helped me to focus.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

That this is THE course to do if you’re serious about illustrating for children. The amount of content & advice was amazing, in so much as it felt like a Post Grad / MA course in illustration to me. The review of assignments each week was like being with a great supportive bunch of college classmates and your own tutors!

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Devon Holzwarth

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Devon Holzwarth Portrait_Studio_Fall2016_miniThis assignment was from week 5 – the cover. At this point I really knew who my Ada Lovelace character and her sidekick were and wanted to show the connection between them. I drew dozens and dozens of sketches for the cover – as little thumbnails, as big bold thoughts, in every sketchbook, on loose paper…and was running short on time till this image popped in my mind and I drew it thoughtfully in a very cheap sketchbook. I ended up doing the whole drawing there in one sitting and pulled it together in PS with other parts I had created. It was so gratifying to work through that process and come out with something I’m still very happy about.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

I joined the Illustrating Children’s Book class thinking that I was somewhat interested in working on books but didn’t realize how deep it would resonate with me. I’ve always loved children’s books and have been collecting them since I can remember. I read with my kids every day and love making up alternative text to keep things lively & get a laugh.

What did you discover about yourself?

After a couple of weeks into the class I was starting to visualize myself working on children’s illustration every day! I was smitten. I realized that my love for books was giving me a complex that I couldn’t ever be good enough to create them. Now I have a ton more confidence (and skills & knowledge & community!) and am excited & determined to keep going.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

The class is very intense and things around the house (and most other parts of your life honestly) will slide a bit, but it’s only 5 weeks and those few weeks are packed with goodness. This is the best class I’ve taken and it’s absolutely worth every penny.

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Do you dream of illustrating a children’s book?  Would you love to create a magical world with characters that you’ve designed? Do you love the magic of children’s books and feel that you have something to offer? Then this course is for you.matsD-banner-h02650

In five weeks, you’ll create a brilliant children’s book pitch to help you land your dream children’s book gig. You’ll get over 20 videos, weekly assignments, live weekly video reviews, interviews with publishers and illustrators and more. Co-taught by top art agent Lilla Rogers and highly-respected children’s book art director Zoe Tucker.

Spaces are limited! Don’t miss out. REGISTER HERE

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Illustrating Children’s Books Student Showcase part 4 {Oct 2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous student work that was produced in our first session of Illustrating Children’s Books. Here is part 4 in the showcase series.

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Mirka Hokkanen
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mirkaHokkanenThe image is all the different poses for the farmer. The colored painting was done with watercolor and the rest of them were digital sketches. Week 3 was a nice culmination into exploration of the characters. It was a good exercise to get acquainted with the characters, and to draw them consistently. Which I haven’t really done before.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

The class helped me grow in so many ways. I have better tools to draw characters more consistently, and it gave me the confidence to put together an illustration portfolio, and start looking for work illustrating children’s books. Which I had no idea how to do before.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I can draw people comfortably, and a whole new world of book illustration that had been a mystery before.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

The course was so much fun. The Facebook group was so supportive and the whole class was packaged in a way that it was not threatening, and really gave me tools to further my career. Lilla and Zoe were awesome teachers, and I enjoyed the class videos and interviews.

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Janet O’Neil

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janetOneillprofileDouble page spreads are my favorite because you can show a larger glimpse into the world you are creating. The Owl and the Pussycat became an elegant theme to pursue.
Your answers to the following:

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
I broke my wrist shortly before the course began, so I couldn’t use my dominant hand, I continued to read the material and do most of the assignments with my left hand, learning a great deal about the market, styles, and character development.

What did you discover about yourself?
I am not afraid to try new things and create artwork even if it’s with my non-dominant hand. I learned a great deal about tenacity and persistence.

How would you describe the course to a friend?
The course is an intense, but exhilarating ride into the realm of children’s book illustration. It is overflowing with outstanding information and materials to help learn the craft of illustrating for kids. I highly recommend the course to any illustrator or artist who would like to dip their toe into these creative waters.

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Lynn Gaines

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LGaines-Profile imageThis image is from week 4-Environment- it was my favorite because it was very satisfying to design my version of the Owl and the Cat and then to take them and place them into their world!

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

This class helped me grow by breaking down the pieces of a book pitch into manageable units – I loved spending 3 weeks on developing the character and really getting to “know” them – this taught me to slow down and explore before launching into environments. It also stressed to me to maintain continuity from one piece to the next so all 5 together make a cohesive statement.

What did you discover about yourself?

I have learned I don’t have to be afraid of the massiveness of a project- I just need to dive in and break in into chunks and GO FOR IT!- I also confirmed that I LOVE characters and I can’t wait to develop more of them for classic stories and my own.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

This course is way more fun than a college class and more relevant also- the instruction, reference materials, and especially the video teaching of Lilla and Zoe are priceless! It is great to get the info straight from practicing professionals and the visual stimuli is incredible-i can’t thank MATS, Lilla and Zoe enough! I have added MANY books to my library because of this class.

P.S. the sense of community and support you get from the Facebook group is the best- i have made many new friends and seen the most beautiful art because of this class !! Very inspiring!

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Allistair Burt | Hole in my Pocket

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Allistair Burt Passport Image b+wThis is the opening page of my story and I managed to develop a composition that leads your eye around the page and introduced all the characters.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
The class gave me the confidence to experiment with a completely new style with wonderful feedback from not just the brilliant teachers but the warm and collaborative comments from my class mates.

What did you discover about yourself?
I discovered I enjoy working in a new style and that I really need to brush up on my poses and physical movement.

How would you describe the course to a friend?
A great little spur to get the creative juices flowing.

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Brooke Albrecht Studio

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Brooke's photoThey danced by the light of the moon for the week devoted to “environment.”

I enjoyed the feel and play with this image. The owl as with a bit of Elvis in him and the Pussycat a wee bit naughty sipping what looks to be wine – we will say it’s kool aid (it’s a kid’s book:) and shaking her hula hoops. This week allowed me to think more about the location they were in as well as colors and what they would be doing that might be unique to me.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

I learned so much about how important is is to understand and produce a range of emotions and poses using your character.

What did you discover about yourself?

I need to work on character development including a range of emotions and develop them in different poses to go match the story. I also learned the importance of pacing.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

It’s a great introduction to the children’s book market. There is so much material provided from two great teachers. They take you through 5 intensive weeks, breaking it down each week. You progress from character to finally creating a cover assignment. Included are many pdf’s, web links and videos as well as a shared FB group.

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Jane Moore Houghton| Phygment Studio

Jane Moore Houghton illustrating childrens books make art that sells

Jane Moore Houghton black and white photoThis image is from the Cover Art week in the course. It features my concept of the Gigantic Turnip story, which I set in a seaside scene; the Grandfather is a fisherman, the Grandmother is a mermaid. I set my story in the 1930’s and took my inspiration from the obsession with Nautical fashion at this time. The back story which happens in the illustrations rather than the text, is that the whale is seen swimming closer and closer to the shore, catching the turnip in it’s mouth in the climax of the story. This was my favorite week because I could distill my concept into a focused image. My biggest learning was around distilling my imagery to what is really important.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

The course helped me focus my imagery to bring power into my characters through subtle nuances and drama through contrasting color, scale and including the unexpected.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I have come a long way in my own personal path in illustration. I was able to really push myself through areas that I had previously taken an easy way “out”. My work was never chosen as an example of what went “right” but I was able to adapt the critique to my own work and tweak where I needed to and pat myself on the back where I felt I had done well. I learned to trust myself and my voice.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

I would describe the course as a game changing opportunity to further your own path in illustration, no matter where you are on that path. Lilla and Zoe share so generously and their insight is priceless. It’s a ton of work but so worth every sleepless night, every dirty dish left undone, every sacrifice made to get closer to your dream jobs.

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Do you dream of illustrating a children’s book?  Would you love to create a magical world with characters that you’ve designed? Do you love the magic of children’s books and feel that you have something to offer? Then this course is for you.matsD-banner-h02650

In five weeks, you’ll create a brilliant children’s book pitch to help you land your dream children’s book gig. You’ll get over 20 videos, weekly assignments, live weekly video reviews, interviews with publishers and illustrators and more. Co-taught by top art agent Lilla Rogers and highly-respected children’s book art director Zoe Tucker.

Spaces are limited! Don’t miss out. REGISTER HERE

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Illustrating Children’s Books Student Showcase part 3 {Oct 2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous student work that was produced in our first session of Illustrating Children’s Books. Here is part 3 in the showcase series.

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Emma McGowan

 

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EmmaMcGowan_BIO_PICMy favourite image is from week 2 when we worked on emotions. It came across very clearly how important it is for your characters to show a range of strong emotions that the reader can understand and relate to. Although I was pushed for time in week 2 and only managed to submit three different emotions, it was the week I felt my main character really came alive and I thought, I can do this!

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
The course took me from thinking ‘one day I’d like to illustrate a children’s book’ to ‘I want to do this now’. I learned so much about character development, what makes a great children’s book illustration, and the business generally. But I also gained huge amounts of confidence.

What did you discover about yourself?
I discovered that I can make a character move and express emotions and still look like the same character! I genuinely didn’t think I’d be able to do it. I also discovered that it is my number one goal for 2017, to get my first children’s book deal.

How would you describe the course to a friend?
It’s intense, challenging, fun, emotional and inspiring. Throw yourself into it, embrace every lesson, submit for every assignment, even if you think you can’t. You won’t be able to believe the improvement in your work and your confidence.

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Christine Roos | Urbanrabbit

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I love the assignment “poses”. I like the colors and the sweetness between my main characters. The cat-girl and her fantasy friend the toy owl. They build a story together. Week 3 was fun and joyful with lots of warm up assignments. I found my style and character look and had an exciting time with my cat and owl.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

I found my style and pushed the limit as far as I could at the moment.

What did you discover about yourself?

I learned that I had to put up goals, simplify and slow down.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

The best course ever. A course to find a way to do your illustrations in the best possible way, accurately and thoughtfully.

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Evie Barrow

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Week 4, Environments was the most challenging for me. I was proud to complete the challenge and create an environment for a two-page spread that I liked. This is one half of my spread for a story about Ada Lovelace. I really enjoyed researching and piecing this image together.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
The ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class helped me grow confidence in my work process. It taught me the importance of breaking down assignments into small steps and I now have the tools to work through bigger projects that may have previously felt overwhelming.

What did you discover about yourself?
For me this course reconfirmed my love for illustration, I have a long way to go and a lot to learn however this is a path I’m going to continue pursuing. I also discovered that I don’t mind structure, pressure and a tight deadline.

How would you describe the course to a friend?
This course is full to the brim with information it will overwhelm you at times but if you have 5 weeks to dedicate to it you’ll learn ins and outs of illustrating for the children’s book industry. You’ll learn if you’re cut out for the pressure of tight deadlines and if you enjoy repetitive character drawing and creating narratives. With the amount of work you create in those 5 short weeks you’ll inevitably grow as an artist. This course was so instructional and informative it went above and beyond any expectations I had for an online course. And on top of that you’ll meet, learn from and make friends with incredibly talented illustrators.

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Ellen Rooney | Ellen Rooney Design

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My image is from Week 5, the cover design. This one is special to me because I was such a newbie to creating characters when I started the course, and by week 5 I managed to produce a strong piece that was included in the Week 5 review. My earlier weeks were not as strong. I really worked to practice what I was learning in class find a style to portray the main character of this story. I had a blast working on the hand lettering for this piece as well.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

I learned so much about the importance of characterization. It changed my approach to picture book illustration. Now I start with the characters, giving them a lot of time and attention and making sure they are at the core of the visual story.

What did you discover about yourself?

I learned that I love the process of creating picture books and that I can improve if I work at it!

How would you describe the course to a friend?

If you are interested in illustration for children’s books, the class is a great growth and learning opportunity. Wherever you start out, you will find support, feedback, and lots of great information and tools. If you can put in the time and effort, you will come out of it a better artist.

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Rachel Katstaller

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Rachel_PastelI was extremely nervous about this assignment, since I have very little experience with illustrating backgrounds. The approach that the course took into the development of backgrounds helped me a lot to find a bit of confidence into thinking outside of the box by considering wonky perspectives that could add some interest to the final image. Even though I was nervous about trying new things out, I’m really glad I took all the advice given by Lilla and Zoë!

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
It helped me develop confidence in my approach and decision making regarding my work. Due to a little mishap at the beginning of the course (my cat eating my MacBooks charging cable), I had to make a last minute decision regarding the medium I would hand in the first project (I mainly work digitally) and seeing that I had no other option, I decided to do it all by hand and in the end it luckily paid off! My creation process and art grew in those five weeks like it hadn’t had all year!

What did you discover about yourself?
That I can trust myself into taking the right decisions at the right moments and to have a bit more confidence in my work. Also, to be kind to myself and not put myself down, because after all: illustration is all about creating with joy!

How would you describe the course to a friend?
An intensive five weeks that include a lot of information for personal development and in depth industry information on how to develop a children’s book. It may seem overwhelming at times but the results are totally worth it!

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Alison Day

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AlisonDayI find it hard to single out one week as a favourite, but when I look at my character submission for the end of week one, it makes me smile to see how quickly Ada was beginning to emerge.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

During the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class I saw an improvement in my figures and facial expressions – something I’ve always found difficult.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I’m highly motivated by regular creative challenges and courses and enjoy seeing my style develop along the way.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

MATS ICB is a great way to take your illustrative skills to a new level, a valuable career investment and it’s fun! The combined knowledge that Lilla and Zoë share, about the children’s book market, is invaluable.

See more work here: Website | Instagram | Facebook

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Do you dream of illustrating a children’s book?  Would you love to create a magical world with characters that you’ve designed? Do you love the magic of children’s books and feel that you have something to offer? Then this course is for you.matsD-banner-h02650

In five weeks, you’ll create a brilliant children’s book pitch to help you land your dream children’s book gig. You’ll get over 20 videos, weekly assignments, live weekly video reviews, interviews with publishers and illustrators and more. Co-taught by top art agent Lilla Rogers and highly-respected children’s book art director Zoe Tucker.

Spaces are limited! Don’t miss out. REGISTER HERE

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Illustrating Children’s Books Student Showcase part 2 {Oct 2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous student work that was produced in our first session of Illustrating Children’s Books. Here is part 2 in the showcase series.

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Margaux Kent | Peg and Awl

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PortraitHat (1)This is Ada Lovelace from Expressions, Week 2. I prefer my photograph of the cut-outs to the photoshop version that I submitted. This is my favourite because these expressions gave me confidence in drawing – I believe I actually spoke out loud to my submission, an “I can do this?” kind of realization.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

I stumbled into this class, and, spying the talent in the FB Group, definitely felt like an imposter. It didn’t take long before it didn’t matter whether or not I was an imposter – I was having so much fun cramming drawing into the wee hours of night, after work and after putting my boys to bed, which was the purpose of my partaking!

What did you discover about yourself?

I never thought there was the slightest chance of me drawing a character. By week 2, I was so happy to discover that that thought was silly; with a little effort and some great teaching, so much is possible!

How would you describe the course to a friend?

Ha. I should go back to the texts/emails that persuaded two friends to sign up for the January children’s book course… Perhaps this will sum it up: There was lots of talent, SO much information piled up daily, a wonderful and varied course led my two very passionate humans, a Facebook group full of interaction, and a path that, if followed, leads you through a very clear process that is continuable!

PS: Another favourite thing about the course is that it was also accessible to my boys who loved watching the videos and reviewing my sketchbook pages and submissions as well as drawing beside me. They are 6 and 8, and though they make art everyday, their work also improved from the course.

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Ruth de Vos

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profile pic 2I’ve included my double-page spread from week 4. This illustrate’s Ada Lovelace’s interest in learning to fly. Maybe it wasn’t my most successful piece from the course, but it encompasses so much growth and learning. I often hesitate to place my characters and other ‘icons’ into full-blown illustrations, for some reason. I overcame that here and found that I really enjoyed the process. I love the idea that an illustrator can bring something of him/herself to a text, something beyond the actual words, which I attempted to do by taking Ada beyond simply researching flying, to actually trying to fly. Her wild nature comes out here too, in the chaos she is generating in the library. Mr Newton, her rather sensible pigeon friend, is cringing through it all!

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

Oh, I grew SO much during this class. I gained much greater confidence in my own style and illustration process. I worked through the mental struggles that lead to the realisation that even though there are so many brilliant illustrators out there, I still have something to give through my own illustration work. I’m learning to be myself with a vengeance, thanks to Lilla Rogers! I loved how Zoe really coached us through the process of giving life to our characters through poses and expressions. That’s going to help my fine art work as well as my illustration work!

What did you discover about yourself?

Working in a large class with so many very talented illustrators raised a lot of self-doubt. Working through that self-doubt (with encouragement from Lilla and Zoe) clarified to me that I really just love to draw, and will therefore continue to develop my illustration skills (putting in my 10000 hours!), even when it feels like so many others can do it better! I confirmed that my illustration strengths lie in drawing characters, whereas use of colour and tonal value (i.e. making my illustrations ‘pop’) is something that needs some work!

How would you describe the course to a friend?

‘Illustrating Children’s Books’ is a wonderfully intense experience that takes you through every conceivable element of children’s book illustration. Art agent Lilla Rogers and art director Zoe Tucker provide a wealth of tips, guidance and suggestions for producing powerful illustrations. Being in the class motivates you to pull out your very best illustration efforts in order to produce a bunch of portfolio-ready pages. Such a thrilling five weeks!

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Jill Bergman

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jillbergmanThis spread that I illustrated from The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear shows the two friends discovering an incredible new land after a year and a day at sea.

This was my favorite week of the Illustrating Children’s Book class because I got to draw my characters into a fun landscape with crazy plants and colorful ocean waves.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

The Illustrating Children’s Book class helped me grow by giving me clear guidelines and examples while at the same time encouraging me to be unconventional and playful.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I don’t have to be limited to the same media I’ve always used, that I can work quickly and trust the techniques that I’ve been experimenting with over the last year to look great for picture book illustration.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

I would describe this course as a chance to gain real insight about why some illustrations work and others need improvement. Lilla and Zoe even go beyond that to share tips to create eye-catching presentations to publishing professionals. There are lots of concrete action steps, examples, encouragement, and a fantastic online community of artists.

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Juliet James

JULIET_JAMES_illustrating childrens books make art that sells JJprofile2016600pxThe image I have chosen is from Week 3, Poses. Creating a spread of my main character, Ada Lovelace, really helped me to “get to know” the character and brought to life in my imagination how she would live in her world.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

The course gave me the confidence to know how to submit work to Art Directors, thanks to the generosity of insight and comprehensive information provided by Zoë Tucker.

What did you discover about yourself?

That I can draw people with expressions in a variety of poses, something I’d worried that I’d almost “unlearnt” over the years (from exploring less figurative subjects).

How would you describe the course to a friend?

A unique insight into what Art Directors and Children’s Publishers are looking for, and exactly how to go about getting that deal.

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Jodi Bogart
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Jodi_headshotWeek 4 -The Environment. During this week, we got to place our characters into their environment. I loved each week, but this week in particular was fun because it made the characters come to life! It was so incredible to see how creative everyone got and how they interpreted the story and environment.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

This course stretched me as an artist. Lila had mini exercises each week that helped me let go of my fear and play as I explored my creativity. I learned how to draw emotions, poses, environments, and so much more! I felt supported every step of the way.

What did you discover about yourself?

I learned how to be kind to myself while I was learning something new. Instead of feeling threatened by all the great artists in the course, I felt inspired and excited to see what everyone would come up with each week.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

I highly recommend this course to anyone that has ever wanted to illustrate a children’s book. This class is FULL of great information! I could not get over the depth and wealth of knowledge that is so generously given. I think what I appreciated most is the love and support from Lila, Zoey and all the other artists. As a creative person, I feel vulnerable putting myself out into the world, but Lila created a safe environment to do so.

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Stephanie Forsyth | Stephie Mae Illustrations
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meI loved the supporting characters week! It allowed to me really explore some fun and interesting friends for my main character. (Though to be honest, I think every week my was favorite!)

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

“Illustrating Children’s Book” class gently eased me into adding so much more fun detail into my images. It also showed me how to break down a BIG assignment like a book into more manageable goals and tasks.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I REALLY enjoy working digitally. I also learned that I do have a distinct style of my own starting and that the more I embrace that, the better I do! (Thanks Lilla for driving home the BE YOU message!)

How would you describe the course to a friend?

This course is pretty much a run down on how to work in the children’s book industry. Lilla and Zoe have so much industry knowledge that they share, that it feels like you gain six months worth of knowledge in just five weeks, without feeling overwhelmed at all! They have such a knack for pacing the class, that you really reach for higher goals, achieve them, AND you don’t feel like you’ve bitten off more than you can chew.

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Do you dream of illustrating a children’s book?  Would you love to create a magical world with characters that you’ve designed? Do you love the magic of children’s books and feel that you have something to offer? Then this course is for you.matsD-banner-h02650

In five weeks, you’ll create a brilliant children’s book pitch to help you land your dream children’s book gig. You’ll get over 20 videos, weekly assignments, live weekly video reviews, interviews with publishers and illustrators and more. Co-taught by top art agent Lilla Rogers and highly-respected children’s book art director Zoe Tucker.

Spaces are limited! Don’t miss out. REGISTER HERE

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Illustrating Children’s Books Student Showcase part 1 {Oct 2016 class}


studentshowcase

We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous student work that was produced in our first session of Illustrating Children’s Books

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Kelly Frederick Mizer

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profilepickellyfrederickmizerI really liked being able to tie everything that I learned into the cover in week 5. For a long time, I have been seeking ways to bring more of my painting and drawing into my illustration work and by week five, I felt I was on to something.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
Week five also drove me to revisit the illustrations I have worked on for the last several months for a story I wrote called Greta and the Angels. Previous to the course, I believed those illustrations to be complete, but finding my groove in the course motivated me to reassess them with a more critical eye and then find new joy in revising that book, especially in my ability to incorporate looser drawing and painting into my digital work.

What did you discover about yourself?
I have been teaching for over twenty years and it was important for me to be reminded of how vulnerable it feels to have my work critiqued by others. I also discovered that I needed to spend more time working on different gestures and poses, especially when it comes to varied expressions, which is one of the main things I am reworking in my own stories.

How would you describe the course to a friend?
This is a fast paced, positive course that will challenge you to go outside of your comfort zone. There are multiple sketchbook prompts and mini tutorials that help to establish a comfortable and welcoming vibe, along with a community of support.

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Katherine Quinn

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profile picI have chosen this image as I think this was about the time in the class that a lot of aha moments happened… all the things we were told and had learnt over the last 4 weeks came together. I wanted it to feel like Ada was soaring high above the trees and her exasperated mother below yelling at her anxiously. I found this week was a lot of fun where we could really start to let rip and pull everything together.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow? 

I don’t think you could help BUT grow with this course…. the content was overflowing with so much information and insight and the support from my fellow students was amazing. I have learnt that getting to know your character is very important…

What did you discover about yourself? 

I surprised myself, I look at what I have created and can’t believe I did them!!!

How would you describe the course to a friend?

If you want to get into illustrating Children’s books then this is the GO TO course! Such a wealth of information, insight and support!

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Jess Racklyeft

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This was one of my favourite weeks as I really got to know my leading characters. I was playing, thinking of all the adventures Owl and cat would get up to, and it was a ball!

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

I’ve been working in the children’s book industry for ten years (from sales and marketing jobs to more recently illustrating). It’s a big, amazing and passion filled industry and I really wanted to push my own experience in a new direction and work harder on my illustration skills.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered I don’t need to worry about finding my style so much as it is there- by seeing all the amazing art other students created I realised my work is my own unique take – with my own stamp on it.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

It’s an immersive, very intense and practical course for anyone wanting to know the ins and outs of the wonderful world of children’s book illustration.

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Inga Knopp-Kilpert | frauknopp.de illustrationen

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IngaKnoppKilpertThe entry shows a few poses and emotions of my main characters. I love this illustration because i had much fun developing the emotions and further on the poses, thanks to all the advices that i learnt during the ICB1 course.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

I understood how to develop the characters and get them alive.

What did you discover about yourself?

That I can handle a lot of work in a short time.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

Its worth it!

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Meghann Rader

MEGHANN_RADER_illustrating childrens books make art that sellsMEGHANN_RADER_PROFILEIMAGEI’m most proud of my work from week 4, Environments. Initially I was nervous about doing environments, but by the time we reached week 4 I felt really prepared. Lilla and Zoe gave me the confidence to push myself and I’m so pleased with the outcome!

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

The course really helped me see the big picture. It broke everything down into manageable steps and has really given me a clear vision of the path I need to take going forward.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I can do this!

How would you describe the course to a friend?

Lilla and Zoe give you all the tools you need to break into the children’s book industry. You will learn what art directors, children and parents are looking for and you will walk away with an amazing pitch and the knowledge and confidence to make it happen.

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Lauren Dittmer | EmyRem

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Before taking this class, I didn’t know that I could draw environments. To be honest, I was always intimidated by them and tended to draw very simple and muted backgrounds, if at all. However, in just the one week allotted to learning how to draw environments, I learned an incredible amount every day, baby-step by baby-step. By the time the assignment to draw a full-on background was released, I felt up to the challenge and gave it 100%. In the end, I am very pleased with the results of my previously undiscovered abilities and feel totally empowered moving forward.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

I cannot even tell you how incredibly helpful your class was to me although I will try. The Illustrating Children’s Book course not only gave me an online community in which I can pose my many questions to other artists, but I learned more than I ever have in just the month that this course took place. The resources, the videos, the exercises, the assignments… all of these materials were masterfully paced and well-thought out that after the class ended, I immediately signed-up for MATS A & B and the Bootcamp as well. Before this class, I blindly accepted that I would not ever be an illustrator because that is what the naysayers around kept repeating to me. After the class, I now KNOW that I can make a career out of my passion for art. I grew from a mildly-serious artist to madly-serious artist who is on fire to attain her goal of making art her career. Absolutely on fire. I am hooked and I can see myself re-taking these classes once they are over.

What did you discover about yourself?

I learned an insane amount about myself during this class. First, with the smallest of baby-steps, I can learn how to do anything… any program, any business, any style of art… anything. Second, with enough dedication, experimentation, time purposefully carved-out and a little outside help, I can make the art I dream of. Third and most importantly, I now know that my future in art CAN be a lucrative career and not just a stifled passion, always to take the backseat no matter how badly I wish it were otherwise… I have the future I’ve always dreamed of right ahead of me, but this time around, I have a map to get there. That is HUGE for someone who has always heard that it was impossible to now know it is possible…

How would you describe the course to a friend?

If you have the desire to learn a lot in a short amount of time, take this course. It is eye-opening, both about yourself as well as the technical side of things. I can’t recommend any art course more than this.

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Do you dream of illustrating a children’s book?  Would you love to create a magical world with characters that you’ve designed? Do you love the magic of children’s books and feel that you have something to offer? Then this course is for you.matsD-banner-h02650

In five weeks, you’ll create a brilliant children’s book pitch to help you land your dream children’s book gig. You’ll get over 20 videos, weekly assignments, live weekly video reviews, interviews with publishers and illustrators and more. Co-taught by top art agent Lilla Rogers and highly-respected children’s book art director Zoe Tucker.

Spaces are limited! Don’t miss out. REGISTER HERE

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