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Sue deGennaro: Illustrating a picture book

Session Info:

The session will look at all the stages it takes to put a picture book together.

  • Character development
  • Storyboarding
  • Publishers changes and feedback
  • Backgrounds
  • Color roughs
  • Final publication

For primary students I will teach them to draw 2 characters out of the book. This will be done by a step by step process.

We will spend time identifying the changes that take place between the roughs and the final publication, we will discuss which they prefer and why.

For secondary students we will take an existing character and get that character to do something different, to get it to move.

A big section of this session will be spent on design. How it is that you place objects on a page, and how that placement enhances the overall feel of the book. We will also discuss the importance of continuity and creating characters that all come from the ‘same world’.


  • Editing
  • Character
  • Roughs
  • Design
  • Team work

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