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Illustrating Children’s Books Student Showcase part 1 {Jan 2017 class}


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 the previous session of the Illustrating Children’s Books class.

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Sara Netherway

This is Ruby and Norman playing together from Poses in Week 3. This week was great for making the characters come alive and tell the story. In this image I was building a relationship between the characters as Ruby crouched down, interested to hear Normans stories of home.

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

I grew so much through the Illustrating Children’s Book class. Because of the way the course is structured I was able to build and see huge progress through the weeks, this gave me a lot of confidence in the process. Now I can use the tools I’ve learnt in the class again and again to grow even more.

What did you discover about yourself?

The course helped me asses the images I was making before the course and concentrate on areas in my portfolio that need more work. It’s made me braver about my choices and pushed me to look at things in a different way.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

There was a whole bunch of lovely people on this course! The support everyone gave each other was phenomenal. Zoe and Lilla were there supporting everyone constantly and it felt like a large creative family! :)

See more work here: Website | Instagram | Twitter

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Marisol Rossi | Sol Rossi

 

The book cover shows Yuko -The main character- climbing a mountain (She is using a rope as a help. Because of the rope the image may suggest that there are other team members climbing the mountain too).

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

The class helped me grow in many different aspects, first of all I liked the way all was structure and also the support and feedback from Lilla, Zoe and the community was great.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that my childhood dream (Illustrating for kids) is more alive than ever.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

I would describe the course to a friend as a big quality and intensive course to illustrate children books. You can notice its high quality in the structure, the feeback and the results. Lilla Rogers (The art agent) provides her paramount expertize in the illustration world in general this time applied to children’s books.
Zoe Tucker (The art director) gives very insightful advises about the industry where she has been working daily for many years.

See more work here: Website | Instagram | Facebook

 

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Jinjer Markley

 

This is my cover from the final week of the course. It was fun to put together so much of what we’d learned in the class about using color and tone to help guide the reader’s attention and showing emotion and relationship to connect the reader to your character. We also got to play with lettering.

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

Taking Illustrating Children’s Books really boosted my daily art practice, I do SO much more drawing and painting than I did before the course. The community of fellow students was and is incredible — we continue to share tips, product reviews and news with each other. Because of that ongoing network of inspiration, encouragement and knowledge, I successfully completed a 100 day challenge that really pushed my practice, and resulted in a solo show at a local gallery.

What did you discover about yourself?

I’ve always been different, and have always struggled to accept good advice. Sometimes, I need to follow advice in order to grow. Lilla is a font of great advice, but is never prescriptive — she encourages all sorts of artistic approaches, so her advice is easier to take!

How would you describe the course to a friend?

Lilla will send you hints about how to clear your schedule about a week before the course starts. Take those seriously, because you will be rearranging your life into the life of a working artist. The course is as much about how to manage the workload of an illustrator as it is about how to craft a stunning illustration pitch.

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Romica Spiegl-Jones

I loved to see how my previously stiff characters suddenly had so much more life and movement in them.

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

The class was a creatively transforming experience for me. Through every assignment and input I felt more secure in my path as children’s book illustrator. I learned what exactly I need to work on to create impactful images and how to pitch them to the right people. Lilla’s and Zoe’s insights into the industry gave me such a confidence boost. Great stories and characters are needed, and there is space for many different styles. And most of all, it made me do the work – a lot. This ultimately made the real difference.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that meeting people that are better than me can not only be confronting but also deeply inspiring. To see other illustrators having successful careers gives me hope that I can do it too.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

I can truly say this course gave me the confidence to work on my flaws with the right direction, to believe in my strengths, and it gave me the knowledge to pursue this career in children’s book illustration without excuses. This is the best investment of my creative career and it was worth every single pence. If you want to stop wasting time and do what you love, this course will give you the tools and community support to make art that sells, with joy.

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Moncharis Illustration and Design

My favorite assignment was drawing different poses of the main character. It helped me grow as an artist.

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

After taking this course, I am more aware of all the different aspects that go into making children’s books. I now know how to assess my work so that I can make the necessary improvements.

What did you discover about yourself?

I am more confident because there are stories for every illustration style so there is room for all.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

Fun, through, and supportive! I encourage everyone to take it.

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.
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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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