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5 Videos (19m)
    • Introduction

    • Character

    • Setting

    • Plot

    • To Finish


About This Class

What does an illustrator need to consider before starting work on a picture book?

From thumbnail sketches, character design, storyboarding to the final artwork, Nina uses her picture book titles to visually explain the process that she uses to develop ideas for a story.

Gain an in-depth understanding on character, setting and plot, by seeing the development of published titles from concept to finished art.

Use this class to:-

  • establish a decision making processes that will enhance your visually storytelling.
  • understand character, setting and plot and how these effect your visual storytelling.
  • Learn the art picture books from concept through to final artwork.

This class is for illustrators, budding artists, readers and writers, basically anyone interested in the process of creating a picture book.

Below: Nina's 'published titles timeline' from this class. For more information about Nina and her books.


51 of 54 students recommendSee All

A feeling of sitting in with a professional to get an honest idea of how to approach illustrating picture books, and with digital editions expanding the market, the opportunities are multiplied.
Can't believe this is a free class. So interesting! Nina always presents so well, and she's really an inspiration. Her work is excellent, and yet she makes me feel like someday, with practice, I might realize my dream of creating a picture book - even if it's just for my grandkids. :) Thanks, Nina!
Brilliant for beginners!





Nina Rycroft

Picture Book Illustrator


Hi! I'm Nina Rycroft, a picture book illustrator. I studied and then worked as a graphic designer in Sydney and London before turning my hand to illustration. Since my first publication in 2000, I've had more than a dozen picture books published worldwide. My character-based illustration classes share everything that I’ve learnt about picture book illustration over the years.

Check out all of my classes to learn the tricks of the trade.

Follow me on Instagram for daily illustration inspiration.