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Illustrating Children’s Books Student Showcase part 4 {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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Sofia Moore

My favorite week was week #5 “Cover design” for the Ted Tingley story.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
I felt like it was my most successful week because I was able to see how my skills to illustrate had been improved by the end of the course. And in general, I keep taking this class (again in October) because I am still establishing my style as an illustrator and Lilla’s class helps tremendously to grow and evolve in the shortest time. I can’t wait to see where the next class will take me! As I feel little more confident about my painting and drawing techniques, I want to create stronger pieces for my portfolio that looks consistent.

What did you discover about yourself?
What I discovered about myself that I am in love with illustrating stories.

How would you describe the course to a friend?
I would describe the course as a big push in a right direction, it is filled with motivation, support from the Facebook community and Lilla’s advise.

See more work here: Website | Instagram 

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Anke Rega | Studio Keregan


I took this class because I’ve been asked so many times if I could imagine doing children books. I could.. but I had no clue how to start. This class lead me through developing a character, emotions, poses, environment and cover. I never did a character like this before so I discovered a whole new world. I learned tons of everything, specially about emotions and poses and how to show it. This is my favorite assignment as I feel I learned the most in the two weeks of emotion and then poses. So during this time something clicked. I love this page because it shows Norman (the given character) in so many ways. and I somehow fell in love to have a new companion.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
It helped me to grow in so many ways. First the daily sketchbook prompt kept me drawing every day, the minis and assignments as well. It was a lot of input but so interesting, I wished I could have had 48 hours a day to look at everything and draw more. I started work for the assignments in chunks to not get overwhelmed and it showed me how to structure everything to start working on a children’s book.

What did you discover about yourself?
I discovered I can do a character and make it move, that was most exciting.

How would you describe the course to a friend?
The course is so inspiring and makes you grow so much. You get to develop your own picture book after a chosen given story and are led through five great weeks from character to the cover of a book. It’s tons of knowledge, the teachers Lilla and Zoe are great people to learn from, plus you have a great community of artists online around. Its a very intense time, so your usual day life might have to wait a bit but in exchange of what you get and grow it’s so much worth every minute and second of it. Just do it.

See more work here: Website | Instagram | Facebook

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Tanja Stephani |  L’ art qui rit

My favourite Image from the course is the book cover I learned graphic design a long time ago and that’s the dessert of every work to make a cover.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
I had a lot of really great artists around me in the group so It was kind of learning not to be jealous to stay by yourself but also to work hard and go on my limits .

What did you discover about yourself?
That I have to work much harder and learn to love my art more, and that Im not only the one who can draw haha…..

How would you describe the course to a friend?
If you do this course, a new world starts to grow, you will see everything with other eyes, you will knew wonderful people around the world and It works, a friend of mine already make a book!

See more work here: Website 

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Diana Ortscheid

This is my favourite image since I loved seeing the characters grow with the emotions that I gave them with new facial expressions and body language and had them to interact with each other and hopefully with the text. I really felt I learned so much during week 2 of the course.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
I learned that by giving my art that extra time and thought it will have so much more to give the viewer in the end.

What did you discover about yourself?
That my weaknesses is depth and color, this is something I’m now really trying to get better at. I also learned the great importance of collecting my material in a more tidy and professional way and not to be too sparse.

How would you describe the course to a friend?
Incredibly fun, challenging and above all, very instructive. You seriously never want it to end – I SIMPLY LOVED IT!

See more work here: Website | Instagram | Facebook 

 

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Brenda Figueroa

My image corresponds to the “Poses” week. I really enjoyed working on my characters and playing with it in a wide range of poses and expressions. I discovered that the more I drew my character, the better I got to “know” him and his personality.

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

The class helped me see how big the possibilities in the children’s books market are. Zoe’s classes helped me have a clearer insight on how the art director chooses an illustrator and guides them throughout the book creation process. I also found Lilla’s and Zoe’s advice on how to approach art directors and publishing houses very useful!

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I really enjoy creating and bringing characters “to life”, and that I also enjoy working with traditional techinques, and exploring new media.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

The ICB course is a great way to learn through 5 steps all about creating a character and picture book cover pitch. You can also get invaluable information about the children’s book market, and see it through the eyes of a wonderful art director and a terrific artist’s agent.

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.
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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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