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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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Created by Karien Naude
Last updated 5/2015
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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
Who is the target audience?
  • students who want to get into the Children's books field
  • Students who wants to publish their own books
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What Will I Learn?
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
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  • sketchbooks
Curriculum For This Course
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1 Lecture 00:33
1 Lecture 00:00
17 pages
4 Lectures 04:48

Will introduce the student to life drawing in the studio.

Preview 00:36

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

Preview 00:39
Character development
2 Lectures 09:50
Media, materials and techniques
3 Lectures 05:04
Watercolour and Line & Wash

Acrylic, Pastels and Black & White

Illustrating for older children and Non-Fiction illustration
1 Lecture 01:11
Illustrating for older children and Non-fiction illustration
Professional Practice
2 Lectures 03:02

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

Professional Practice

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About the Instructor
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55 Students
1 Course
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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