Designing & Illustrating Children's Books (Online)

This is your chance to learn the art of children's book illustration from an accomplished designer. Explore different types of children's picture books and decide on a story and the type of book you want to illustrate. Learn how to reproduce a character in different poses and expressing different emotions. Take your rough drawings and do a final, full size representation of the character. Learn how to divide your story into a 32-page format, identify key scenes to illustrate, and incorporate text. Work on thumbnails, character designs, and the composition for a two-page spread. Discuss how to query an editor and/or agent and the type of illustrations needed in a portfolio. In addition to time you spend in demonstration and discussion online, submit your work to the instructor along the way to get individualized feedback.Anna-Maria Crum has illustrated over 50 children’s books and has served on the board for RMC-SCWBI and PBAA. She taught illustration, graphic design, and typography for fourteen years. She is a three times finalist for the Colorado Book Award and has won the Printing Association’s best picture book award for her illustrations and design.
NOTE: This course will be offered via Zoom. Register now and then the day before class the instructor will send you the link to attend. Look for an email with "CFU Zoom class" in the subject line. A good internet connection and a computer or device with a camera and mic are needed.

Dates:July 17 - August 21, 2021 Check for other dates
Meets:Six Sat., 10-11AM Begins 07/17 (MT)
Location:ONLINE: Via Zoom
You could save $12.00 on this course by becoming a member of CFU Membership
Notes:Class time is in MT. Good internet connection and a laptop or device with camera and mic is needed. You should download Zoom in advance of class. It is free to install, Look for an email from your instructor with the subject line CFU Zoom class for the link. Be ready to log on and join the meeting 5-10 minutes prior to the class start time so you will be ready when class begins. If you have trouble using the link, just go to, click "Join a Meeting" and enter the meeting ID provided in the instructor's email.

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