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with Shadra Strickland
Online Class

The Art of the Picture Book

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Published illustrator Shadra Strickland guides you through the foundational techniques you need to create strong visual stories. Delve into various picture-book structures and select the best format for your work. Discover Shadra’s secrets for using simple shapes to build complex, expressive characters. Gain critical insight into book pacing, imagery and text placement by creating a storyboard. Develop thematic boards and color studies to give your illustrations the depth they deserve. Plus, learn industry tricks to prepare your book for proposal. Bring your creativity to life in a picture book that will delight children and publishers everywhere!


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h45m

Included in this Class

1. Generating Ideas

1. Generating Ideas

Meet your instructor, children's book author Shadra Strickland. Then dive into an exploration of how text and images work together to create meaningful stories.

2. Character Development

2. Character Development

What qualities bring a character to life? Strickland guides you through everything you need to know, from how to identify with your character through various ways to develop compelling stories and meaningful imagery.

3. Gesture, Emotion & Setting

3. Gesture, Emotion & Setting

Learn how to infuse emotion into your illustrations with realistic expressions, postures and composition ideas that will continue to breathe life into the characters on the page.

Recommended with this class

  • Standard art supplies: pencils, pens, surfaces, kneaded eraser
  • Watercolor paint, watercolor brushes