Children's Book Portfolio Assignment: Plan, Sketch, and Create a Double Page Spread

Romica Jones,

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6 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. Introduction - Is this class for you?

    • 2. My process Part 1: tools, planning and sketches

    • 3. My process Part 2: more tools, light box, and speed drawing

    • 4. Prompts for your picture book idea

    • 5. Final thoughts and words of encouragement: you are needed

    • 6. How to find examples for double page spreads

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About This Class

Welcome to class,

I'm Romica Spiegl-Jones, an Austrian illustrator and designer based in Manchester (UK). The aim of this class is to show you my process and help you to get ideas for your own picture book spread. Double page spreads are an integral part of any children's book portfolio pitch. Initially intended only for my youtube-channel, I adapted the videos and added prompts to benefit the Skillshare community of aspiring children's book illustrators.

How does it work?

After showing you my tools, planning process, and a speed drawing, I will give you prompts to create your own story and double page spread. The real work starts with your project. By following the steps outlined in the Class Project you will create a finished double page spread for your portfolio from idea to finish.

Skill level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Composition, Character Development, Storytelling

Please find a list of recommended resources to touch up your skills here

How can I get the most out of this class?

As with anything in life: the more you put into this, the more you will get out of it. If you are looking for a quick fix and videos doing the work for you, this class is not what you are looking for. However, if you believe in hard work, learning, and continuous development, this class is a great starting point for your career as children's book illustrator.

I believe in you and really look forward to seeing your ideas,

Stay joyful,


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