How to Illustrate a Children's Picture Book Part One: Character Design

Claire Lordon, Author-Illustrator

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10 Videos (29m)
    • Introduction

    • The Story

    • Brainstorming

    • Silhouettes

    • Making Your Character Unique

    • Creating a Turnaround

    • Expressions

    • Creating a Lineup

    • Color

    • Final Thoughts And Next Steps

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About This Class

Illustrating a children’s picture book - character design

Learn from multi-published author-illustrator Claire Lordon as she teaches you how to create characters for a children's book. In this three-part series, Claire will teach you how to create characters, a storyboard, and finally a 32-page picture book dummy (aka rough draft). This class is perfect for anyone who loves illustrating, drawing, writing, and all who love children's books. While no prior experience is necessary it is helpful to come into the class with some drawing, character design, knowledge of picture books, and composition skills.

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Helpful and fun, I appreciate that real life examples were used and we also could follow the characters since the example we used in class was from a well known story. Great job! If you could possibly detail a bit on what programs you use and recommend, that would be great!
Thank you for this class, Claire! I'm just starting to work on the illustrations of my very first picture book and this class will surely help. I just wonder when the next class (part 2) will go live. Can't wait for that. :)
Arlene Van Vegchel

ARTleneStudio | Etsy seller

Very simple and yet powerful. Creating a children’s book can seem like a huge project, but this video will show you how to get started without feeling overwhelmed. Thanks Claire! I can’t wait to get started!
Karen Dawn

Creative Soulpreneur and Journal Artist





Claire Lordon


Claire Lordon is an author and illustrator who recently moved to Vancouver, Canada (from Brooklyn, New York). She creates children's books, surface designs, murals, maps, and greeting cards for a number of companies.

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