Yesterday I finished a 6 week picture book illustration class with author and illustrator Dana Sullivan. It was amazing! Now I have a dummy book for a story that I wrote myself (never in a million years I thought it was possible). This class has given me so much knowledge, but above all it has given me confidence to go forward.
In the class we went through all stages of picture book design from a raw idea to a dummy book that you then may actually submit to a publisher. We studied how to bring to life a memorable character, how to cluster a story and make it flow, how to make a storyboard and then transfer it to a dummy book. Dana pushed us to draw quickly and freely with new tools (we even tried drawing with a stick - you should try it, nothing beats the splatter!).
Also we looked through and analyzed a heap of beautiful picture books from a variety of different illustrators such as David Small, Diane Goode, LeUyen Pham, Eric Rohmann, John Burningha, Tom Lichtenheld and many many others.
For those of you in Seattle area, you can enroll to this class in April at Kirkland Arts Center.
For more classes from Dana click here.