Illustrating writing, whether for early readers, middle grade or classic fiction, requires a relationship with and interpretation of the text that’s quite different from the interplay of words and pictures in picture books. Mentees will explore different approaches to visual interpretation with two very different illustrators, both experienced at illustrating writing by other writers as well as their own.
Manchester Metropolitan University
23.4.20 - 24.4.20
Hannah Shaw (Illustrator); Chris Mould (Illustrator); Becky Walker (Usborne); Ian Whadcock & Ian McCullough (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Picture books offer routes to a lifelong love of reading for many children, and while designed to be as accessible as possible for the earliest of readers, they can be some of the most sophisticated narratives in literature, enthralling infants and adults alike. Mentees will delve into the complex, colourful world of picture book illustration with two of the most successful illustrators in the field.
House of Illustration, London
Chris Haughton (Illustrator); Emily Hughes (Illustrator); Ben Norland (Walker)
From atlases to encyclopaedias, world histories to the natural world, the range of subjects offered through non-fiction is vast. Illustrating non-fiction for children is about making information accessible, compelling and evocative. Mentees will learn from two outstanding illustrators about their approaches to telling factual stories in the fields of biography, nature and the environment.
Birmingham City University
William Grill (Illustrator); Owen Davey (Illustrator); Sam Arthur & Emily Ball (Nobrow)
Comics & Graphic Novels
This form of illustration is possibly the most under-served by children’s publishing, despite the appeal of comics to young readers of all abilities, especially those most reluctant to read. Mentees will explore different types of comics styles, and learn from two very different artists how to work within the framing structure to create simultaneously simple, complex and compelling stories.
Alice Oseman (Illustrator); Jonny Hannah (Solent University)
Online Photoshop course
Draw Color Click: A six week online course in Photoshop for illustrators, through which you will learn illustration skills, digital ‘how-to’s and tricks of the trade. The course combines handmade methods and digital techniques in several forms of illustration including editorial and reportage, with a final sequential illustration brief.