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In the Little Lunch sessions I aim to give the audience an insight into the process of creating the Little Lunch series and discuss all the things you have to contend with when making a children’s book. I have a fairly informal light hearted approach and welcome questions from the audience throughout the session which often determines which direction the discussion takes. For adult audiences I bring in examples of my rough sketches and layouts and final art, but also like to draw on a whiteboard or easel if possible. For younger audiences I like to discuss briefly how I came up with different characters for Little Lunch with the author, and how I make them funny – I like to sketch as I talk and show them a few drawing techniques that I use to create movement and humour. I then like to get the children involved as a group in collaborating with me to create a character or characters in a funny scenario – this always gets an enthusiastic and rowdy response and some hilarious results. If the group is small enough, the children can then have a go at creating a Little Lunch character of their own.
Initial conception and working process from rough character sketches to finished art. Dealing with the Publisher. Limitations. Collaborating with the author, Ideas & inspiration for creating characters What makes something funny? Cover and page design & what makes a book work.