A SCBWI Illustrator Committee, Australia East & New Zealand team member, I’ve been illustrating picture books since being awarded the CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) Notable Book in 2000. Since then, I’ve had more than a dozen picture books published worldwide, including award-winning picture book and stage production ‘Boom Bah!’ (Phil Cummings), 'No More Kisses' (Margaret Wild), ‘Good Dog Hank’ (Jackie French) and ‘Pooka’ (Carol Chattaway, YABBA Award Winner, 2013). See my publications list below or head over to my books page to find out more.
"2020/21 has made us think about how we can future proof our income, adding another income stream (a side hustle) is a must to cushion ourselves against what the future may hold. In response to this uncertain time, my husband and I combined our skillsets putting together a 6-week online program called 'Creative Canvas - Creative Productivity Unlocked', showing creatives how to maximize their potential, grow their expertise (and income), take bold risks and design a foolproof plan to confidently move towards their creative goal."
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This is the Dog (Maura Finn & Nina Rycroft, Scholastic NZ. Because of Covid-19, the book is now due to be released 2021). Maura Finn is an award-winning Melbourne-based Kiwi author.
The Grasshoppers Dance (Julliette MacIver & Nina Rycroft, Scholastic NZ, 2015).
Once a Creepy Crocodile (Peter Taylor & Nina Rycroft, Five Mile Press, 2015). Shortlisted for Speech Pathology Australia’s 'Book of the Year Award', 2015.
Good Dog Hank (Jackie French & Nina Rycroft, Harper Collins, 2014).
Possum’s Big Surprise (Colin Buchanan & Nina Rycroft, Scholastic Australia, 2014).
Dinosaurs Eat Cheese (Jackie French & Nina Rycroft, Harper Collins, 2013).
Pooka (Carol Chattaway & Nina Rycroft, Working Title Press, 2012). Winner of the YABBA (Young Australians Best Book Awards 2013).
Now I Am Bigger (Sherryl Clark & Nina Rycroft, Working Title Press, 2010).
No More Kisses (Margaret Wild & Nina Rycroft, Little Hare, 2010).
Ballroom Bonanza (Nina Rycroft, Working Title Press, 2009, ABRAMS NY, 2010). Finalist in the CJ Picture Book Awards International Competition, 2010. Finalist in the Young Hoosier Book Awards, USA, 2010. Listed in the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge. An illustration was purchased by Dromkeen VIC, to be a part of the Dromkeen Children’s Literature Collection.
Boom Bah! (Phil Cummings & Nina Rycroft, Working Title Press, 2008, Kane Miller’s, 2009). Winner of the BILBY World Picture Book Award, 2010. Boom Bah! adapted into an award-winning stage production, touring Australia Singapore and Korea as part of a literacy initiative between Windmill and the advertiser, Little Big Book Club. Boom Bah! was presented to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to commemorate their visit to Australia, May 2014.
Elephant Dance (Sue Whiting & Nina Rycroft, Koala Books, 2007).
MacQuarie: My First Animal Alphabet (MacQuarie, 2007).
Hippopot-a-Mouse (Mike Dumbleton & Nina Rycroft, Era Publications, 2007).
Tricky Little Hippo (Jane Bowring & Nina Rycroft, Koala Books, 2005).
Little Platypus (Nette Hilton & Nina Rycroft, Koala Books, 2000). CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) Notable Book, 2001. Listed in the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge.
Sir Joshua and the Unprofessional Dragon (Sam Bowring and Nina Rycroft, Koala Books, 1999).
Charlie’s Gold (Jackie French and Nina Rycroft, Koala Books, 1999).
I believe that sharing my illustration journey has made me a better teacher. I'm passionate about sharing what I know and giving opportunities to anyone interested in children's picture book illustration.
2006-2009, taught children's picture book illustration evening classes in Sydney.
2010, took part in Literature Live, an E:lite and CAL funded programme, training authors and illustrators with interactive white board and video conferencing equipment to enhance remote school visits and workshops.
2010-2016, relocated with my family to Auckland. Taught evening classes, weekend workshops and a series of Auckland Museum holiday programmes.
2017, published a series of online character design classes and became a Skillshare Top Teacher. To find out more, click on the link to my blog 12 classes that walk you through the process of designing a character.
2017, launched the Picture Book Illustration e-Course pilot.
2020, the all new Picture Book Illustration e-Course is getting a refresh. Now a self-paced, 8-week programme with a comprehensive workbook.
I've taught more than 40,900 students to develop their illustration skills. Teaching is an opportunity to share my biggest passions... picture book illustration, sharing what I know and fostering creative communities.
I'm a Skillshare Top Teacher having taught more than 40,900 students develop their character design and illustration skills.
I've had 10 'Picture Book Illustration e-Course' students land publishing gigs and start successful illustration careers.
I love sharing what I know, bringing two-decades of 'on-the-court' experience to all of my online classes.
In order to have a healthy, long-term creative career, community is just as important as talent and skill. Being an illustrator means working for long periods of time on projects. So setting yourself up with a supportive community will help with your long-term productivity and creativity.
I wouldn't have been able to do what I do, had it not been for the support, guidance and encouragement of my friends, teachers and mentors... and for that I am forever grateful.
Once registered with the Picture Book Illustration e-Course, you will get access to an online community, where you'll be able to...
- receive support, guidance and feedback (on coursework) from me (during specific times and dates)
- engage other PBIC participants (many a friendship has been forged)
- post your projects
- ask questions and seek answers from other PBIC participants.
In 2019, I put together and hosted Project Portfolio. A free online event that offered 28 workshops, interviews and case studies from industry experts and my creative communities. More than 7,000 creatives from around the world to were inspired to work on their portfolios.