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As an author and illustrator I am uniquely qualified to explain the process of making a picture book from conception to completion. This is a workshop that can be done over one day or a short-term residency. These are the areas I cover: Studying picture books and graphic novels for readers of all ages (I will bring some samples and also work with what you have in your library). Finding the best way to tell a story for your audience through words and pictures. Studying language of picture books: less is more. Studying the role of illustration: style, technique, medium etc. Making a picture book: dummies, storyboards, publishing.
Writing Illustrating Publishing
This is a workshop in brush and ink painting based on my Chinese Painting studies. I begin by introducing the Four Treasures of Chinese painting; brush, rice-paper, ink stone and ink stick and show how this technique has influenced my illustration work today. Then I do a simple landscape painting demonstrating several different brushstrokes as […]
Join popular children’s author, Sally Rippin, for a fun-filled writing workshop that will have your mind overflowing with story ideas. Learn how to combine your life experience with imagination to write any type of story at all – from spooky mysteries to historical fiction and how to create convincing characters your readers will love. Topics: […]
This is a general talk on the process of writing and illustrating picture books, showing examples of how some of my characters were created by drawing on the whiteboard. I also show the various stages from initial roughs and dummies to finish artwork. In the second part of the talk I take the students through […]