Illustrating children's books

If you are new to illustrating children's books this course will help you out with basic knowledge
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  • Lectures 14
  • Length 41 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

The art of illustration for children has a long and rich tradition and is loved by countless readers. In this course you'll discover how to illustrate children's books.

Whether you're a newbie, an aspiring illustrator or you want to create beautiful drawings for your own children's book, this course is designed for you!

SO, Why don't you Get some sketchbooks, pens and something to colour with and lets get started!

In this course you will learn :

  • The importance of observing children and animals as your subjects,
  • The importance of your sketchbooks.
  • The important points for creating characters
  • The different media, material and techniques and how to use them
  • The questions to ask before starting a commission
  • And the importance of copyright and the marketing of your work

You have finally received your first commission , what now

  • Publishers use terms such as flush right and left, refer to a certain paper size and colouring techniques
  • In this course there is a guide included, that you can download, to help you through the illustration slang, phrases and requirements

What are the requirements?

  • sketchbooks

What am I going to get from this course?

  • the knowledge of beginning to draw
  • the knowledge of the different types of media there are
  • create characters
  • what to ask when they receive a commission

Who is the target audience?

  • students who want to get into the Children's books field
  • Students who wants to publish their own books

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Workbook
17 pages
Section 3: Drawing
Sketchbooks and sketching on location

Will introduce the student to life drawing in the studio.

Observing and drawing children

Will introduce the student to drawing animals and give them insight into the world of Beatrix Potter

Section 4: Character development
Character development
Hippie Alien
Section 5: Media, materials and techniques
Watercolour and Line & Wash
Acrylic, Pastels and Black & White
Section 6: Illustrating for older children and Non-Fiction illustration
Illustrating for older children and Non-fiction illustration
Section 7: Professional Practice

Learn how the working life is of an illustrator, Copyright and licensing. Also learn about marketing and getting a commission.

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Instructor Biography

Karien Naude, Children's illustrator

Karien has always had a passion for fairy tales, dragons, witches and all types of mystical beings. She also loves to sketch and combined this with her huge appetite for the mystery and fantasy of fairy tales.

Inspired by authors such as Tolkien, CS Lewis and JK Rowling she took an interest in illustrations for children. She received an illustration Diploma with Distinction at the London Art College. She also has been tutored by Mark Mithcell, an acclaimed children's illustrator in the USA.

She does most of her work digitally.

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