Designing & Illustrating Children’s Picture Books (Online)

You’ve dreamed of illustrating children’s picture books but you don’t know where to begin. Learn how to divide your story into the proper format, identify key scenes to illustrate, create memorable characters, and incorporate text with your illustration. Work on thumbnails, character designs, and the composition for a two-page spread. Learn how to construct a picture book dummy and the type of illustrations needed in a portfolio. Submit a copy of your story to the instructor before class to get individualized feedback. The first class session starts live online and then students will be given access to videos and materials to work through at their own speed. Stay in touch with the instructor by email and send her samples of your work for 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:January 9, 2021 Check for other dates
Meets:One Sat., 10-11AM 01/09 (MT)
Location:ONLINE: Via Zoom
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Notes:Class format includes initial Zoom meeting, video presentations, and email exchanges with instructor. 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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