Join author illustrator Claire Alexander for a fascinating afternoon delving into the world of picture books to create your own compelling character with contemporary publishing appeal.
You will spend time analysing and discussing successful, contemporary picture book characters, thinking about what might make them appealing to children, adults and publishers, and why.
You will learn how to write a character study, sketch out a few of your own characters and finally paint or collage your character in a colour vignette. Using watercolours as a medium, Claire will demonstrate techniques to help you build textures to collage or paint with.
This is also a chance to learn more about Claire’s own work and to find out how to present ideas to publishers.
About Claire Alexander
Claire is an author/ illustrator based in London. Her latest books published by Egmont The Best Bit of Daddy’s Day, 2016 and Monkey and the Little One, 2015 were both listed as best new picture books of the year by the Independent Book Sellers Association. Previously, Back to Front and Upside Down, dealing with the subject of dyslexia, won an American Library Association award in 2013. Her other titles include Small Florence, Lost in the Snow, That’s When I knew and Lucy & the Bully which also won two awards in the US. Claire studied Fine Art at the Kent Institute of Art and Design and has a BA honours degree in Painting. She studied Illustration at Putney School of Art and is an experienced teacher with a City and Guilds qualification.
Visit Claire's website to find out more.