Picture Books II: Illustrate a Story Premium class

Christine Nishiyama, Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

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22 Videos (1h 28m)
    • Class Trailer

    • Introduction and Recap

    • Picture Book Illustration Elements

    • Breaking Up Your Manuscript

    • Character Development Criteria

    • Experimenting

    • Researching References

    • Refining Your Characters

    • Character Model Sheet

    • Storyboard Elements

    • Setting Up Your Storyboard

    • Breaking Up Your Story

    • Creating Rhythm and Pacing

    • Creating Movement

    • Analyzing for Repetition

    • Making a Tiny Dummy

    • Setting Up Your Sketches

    • Refining Your Sketches

    • Creating Your Final Drawings

    • Cleaning Up in Photoshop

    • Typesetting in Photoshop

    • Digital Coloring in Photoshop


About This Class


This hands-on class, taught by Christine Fleming, writer/illustrator at Might Could Studios, is the second in a two-part series on how to create your own children’s picture book. Picture Books I: Write Your Story focuses on the story writing process, while this class focuses on illustrating.

In this 90-minute class, Christine explores the elements of picture book illustrations including composition, color, white space, perspective, style, and typography, revealing spreads from some of her favorite picture books to show strong examples of each concept.

With the basics down pat, Christine will take you through video tutorials of her entire process of illustrating a picture book. These videos will begin with breaking down the manuscript, character development, storyboarding, making a tiny dummy, sketches, revisions, final drawings, and digital coloring in Photoshop. Nothing was planned or decided prior to filming these tutorial process videos, so everything shown is her authentic, on-the-fly process of thinking and creating.

 By the end of this class, you’ll have everything you need to illustrate your own picture book!

121 of 122 students recommendSee All

It's great class! I highly recommend this class. Christine step by step shows the main ideas how to illustrate a Story. And she amazing teacher and artist! Thank you very much! This class inspired me.
Elena Gold


I´m already a profesional in graphic design and illustration, but nothing prepares you to educate. Christine has the talent to put the right words to methodology in a simple way. I decided to go premium because this is the kind of guidance I was looking for. I was asked to give a workshop on editorial production but I lacked of the rhythm and pace to do it. Not only I re enforced concepts for my work but also I gained strong methods to educate more people and earn money meanwhile.
Jacobo Castañeda

BAIOLUX Labs | Graphic design and illustration

I learned a LOT from this class. Very interesting and well presented.





Christine Nishiyama

Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

Christine Fleming is an illustrator and writer working out of Atlanta, GA. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a BFA in Graphic Design, and is now working as an author/illustrator creating picture books, graphic novels, and editorial work.

Christine is represented by Danielle Smith at Red Fox Literary, and is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) where she was awarded the honor of SCBWI Illustrator of the Month after attending the SCBWI National Conference in New York.

Check out Christine's 12+ other classes to further explore her illustration process!

To follow her work you can view her portfolio at www.mightcouldstudios.com, and around the internet: Twitter  /  Instagram  /  Pinterest  /  Facebook

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