Under the Moonlight with Illustrator/Author Susannah Crispe

I've had the pleasure of spending time with Susannah during my Animal Character Design Course and my most recent Picture Book Illustration e-Course. Susannah's illustrations are standout and full of clever ideas, so I was interested to hear why she decided to take part in...

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The Art of Cher Hart: Sharing Her Illustration Journey

My name is Cher Hart and I live in inland southeastern Australia with my husband and our quirky black rescue greyhound, Connie. When I’m not illustrating, I make maps for grown-ups and wrangle environmental spatial data.

If I were to describe my illustration style, I would say…...

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Exploring Picture Book Illustration and Mexico with illustrator Merri Nielsen

My name is Merri Nielsen and I am from Spokane, Washington in the United States. In September of 2021, my husband and I decided that we wanted to travel. He retired after a 30-year career in the fire department and I hung up my stethoscope as a registered nurse and we hit the road. We are...

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Picture Book Illustration and Dancing Pandas with Vanessa Valentino

Hi, I’m Vanessa Valentino…

I was born in Frankfurt to a mother from Hong Kong and a father from America, grew up in Beijing, and now live in Malaysia. These days when I’m not illustrating, I’m dreaming of snow and pretending I’m hiking the Alps on a crisp winter...

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How to Illustrate a Children’s Picture Book from start to finish

Ever dreamt of illustrating a children's picture book?

Here, I'll walk you through all the things you need to consider BEFORE you start.

In order to illustrate a children’s picture book, you need to consider lots of factors: book size, page count, character design, the flow of text (and...

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How To Draw Your Characters Head From Every Angle

Before and After 

I've been teaching character design and children's picture book illustration for a while now, and the thing that I see students struggle with the most is knowing how to draw the same character from many different angles. 

Below, I'll share some 'before' and '...

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Illustrator Cherie Dignam talks about how she completed a children's book idea

Hello, I'm Cherie Dignam...

I’m originally from Co. Dublin in Ireland but I have lived and worked in England for a number of years and I now reside just outside Perth in sunny Western Australia. When I am not working in a day job to keep my greedy cat supplied with tuna, I am at my drawing...

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Rosie Browett talks about the Picture Book Illustration e-Course

Tell us about yourself Rosie

My name is Rosie Browett and I live by the beautiful Hawkesbury River, just north of Sydney. I live in our ‘treehouse’ with my loving and supportive husband, plus our three gorgeous boys. When I am not illustrating, I am running a household,...

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How Lily Emo Illustrated Florence Fox

I first came across Lily's work, when she was shortlisted for the Gavin Bishop Award in 2019. So you can imagine how excited I was to have Lily join me for 8-weeks in the Picture Book Illustration e-Course (PBIC)

(Above, Lily's Gavin Bishop Award entry)

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Elise Morse Shares Her Illustration Journey

My name is Elise and I live on the Mornington Peninsula in Melbourne, Australia. When I’m not illustrating, I’m raising my family as a stay at home mum. I’ve spent the last 15 months setting up a business; with commissions for pet and wildlife drawings, selling prints in local...

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