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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Sonya Leonello, putting the pieces back together with Picture Book Illustration

Hello my name is Sonya Leonello, I live in the Macedon Ranges in Victoria, Australia. If I’m not illustrating I’m probably writing. I love to be doing something creative, in fact I have to be doing something creative. I typically love to write stories for children, and I also...

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Liane Tancock talks about her experience taking part in the 8-week Picture Book Illustration e-Course

Hi, I’m Liane Tancock, I live in Bristol in the UK and when I’m not illustrating I go to my local Zoo every week to sketch the animals and birds. It is something that is so important to me, I encounter challenges every time I go, some of them very unexpected, who knew that Mudskippers...

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Five Tips to Help You Find Your Illustration Style

As an illustrator, it’s important to develop your own unique style, but where do you start? With the amount of visual information that we come into contact with each day – via blogs, emails, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest to name a few – it’s easy to get...

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