Picture Books II: Illustrate a Story

Christine Nishiyama, Artist at Might Could Studios

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22 Lessons (1h 28m)
    • 1. Class Trailer

      2:19
    • 2. Introduction and Recap

      4:03
    • 3. Picture Book Illustration Elements

      8:06
    • 4. Breaking Up Your Manuscript

      3:04
    • 5. Character Development Criteria

      10:27
    • 6. Experimenting

      3:43
    • 7. Researching References

      1:13
    • 8. Refining Your Characters

      3:48
    • 9. Character Model Sheet

      1:03
    • 10. Storyboard Elements

      4:11
    • 11. Setting Up Your Storyboard

      2:46
    • 12. Breaking Up Your Story

      2:10
    • 13. Creating Rhythm and Pacing

      6:26
    • 14. Creating Movement

      3:45
    • 15. Analyzing for Repetition

      2:45
    • 16. Making a Tiny Dummy

      4:18
    • 17. Setting Up Your Sketches

      0:46
    • 18. Refining Your Sketches

      4:40
    • 19. Creating Your Final Drawings

      2:45
    • 20. Cleaning Up in Photoshop

      0:51
    • 21. Typesetting in Photoshop

      1:21
    • 22. Digital Coloring in Photoshop

      13:04
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Project Description

Illustrate a spread from Roald Dahl's manuscript, "The Three Little Pigs"

PROJECT ASSIGNMENT

Your assignment for this class is to illustrate a complete spread of a children's picture book story. You can use the story given to you below as a manuscript to work from, or if you would like to come up with your own story idea, or already have a story written, please feel free to use your own!

Story Manuscript: The Three Little Pigs, by Roald Dahl via All Poetry

Your goal is to come away with three pieces of work: one final character model sheet, one finalized storyboard, and one illustrated spread. An optional bonus deliverable is to create a dummy booklet.

 

PROJECT SPECS

*Note: These are typically the sizes that work best for me and my process, and I'm including them here as a suggestion for students who are unsure of what size to create their artwork. If you have a different size you'd prefer to use, please go ahead and use what works best for you!

Character model sheet: US Letter paper size, landscape

Storyboard: US Letter paper size, using my templates or your own

Illustrated spread: Final size is up to you, portrait or landscape

 

PROJECT DELIVERABLES

I recommend that you complete the project deliverables as you watch the videos and follow along with the attached Project Guide. Here are the suggested deliverables to post in the Project Gallery after you complete each unit:

Unit 1: Picking Apart Picture Books

  • Decision to use The Three Little Pigs manuscript or your own original story
  • Marked up manuscript

Unit 2: Developing Your Characters

  • Character development sketches of one character
  • Character model sheet

Unit 3: Drawing your Storyboards

  • Final storyboard
  • Optional: Storyboard process

Unit 4: Creating Final Illustrations

  • Refined sketches of your chosen spread
  • Final illustrated spread

BONUS LOCKED CONTENT: If you’re interested in trying to get your book published, there is an extra level of locked content in this class on how make an illustrated dummy and how to submit that dummy to publishers. All you have to do to unlock this content is post any of the above deliverables to the project gallery. Then, just email me ([email protected]) to let me know you posted, and I'll send you the booklet!

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Additional Resources on Picture Books:

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