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Lucinda Gifford: Illustrating a Picture Book

Session Info:

The session looks at how picture books get made, from idea to publication. This can be based on any of Lucinda’s picture books, and is told like a story, to slides, as the book changes and develops as writers, publishers and Lucinda herself make changes.

Ideas – where do they come from?

Sketches – nothing is too silly!

Making a storyboard – it’s okay to be messy

The next stage – roughs

Final drawings – working late into the night

The final book – Ta da! It’s here!

We then talk about character consistency, followed by a drawing session.

For younger children, we draw a couple of characters from the book. For older children, we do drawing exercises to show how character consistency is developed and how we ‘get to know’ our characters.

Ends with Q&A and chat.

Topics covered

  • Characters
  • Rough drawing and sketching
  • The publishing team

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