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All the best books have strong characters. A good character makes storytelling so much easier and reading more enjoyable. In this session Gus concentrates on how to draw characters that are appealing, funny, scary and memorable whether they’re good, bad or boring. Gus explores what exactly makes a good character and how to draw one. He visits his book characters and others to highlight various character types and students are left with something they can hang on to. This is a fun session.
There is no denying that getting your work published can be tough. It is a competitive industry and there are a lot of talented illustrators. Gus gives students an honest insight into the publishing industry and what it takes to succeed. He breaks down what publishers and art directors are looking for and what is […]
This is a very busy interactive session. Gus begins by speaking about his books and illustrating children’s books in general. He then conducts a drawing workshop using techniques and exercises to show students the various aspects of illustration simply and effectively. They learn tips and tricks, how to draw faces, expressions, heads, bodies and animals. […]
At first glance picture books look like a simple format but in truth they are just the opposite. In this session, Gus walks through the picture book process from the initial idea, sketchbook roughs, storyboarding, writing, editing through to publication. He uses examples from his own books and others to highlight each individual aspect of […]