Adult Masterclass: Creating Compelling Picture Book Characters with Claire Alexander

Create your very own character with contemporary publishing appeal.

When, Where

Join author and illustrator Claire Alexander for a day delving in to the joyful world of picture books and creating your own character with contemporary publishing appeal.

You’ll look at successful characters in picture books today and consider what exactly makes them interesting to everyone they need to appeal to: children, parents, carers, teachers and publishers.

You’ll learn how to write a character study and use watercolours and collage to create a colour vignette with texture and charm.

This masterclass is also a fantastic opportunity to gain insight into a successful picture book-maker’s own practice, finding out more about Claire’s many published projects and getting crucial insights into how to present your ideas to publishers.

About the tutor:

Claire Alexander is a London-based author and illustrator with over 15 years’ experience creating picture books and over a decade’s experience teaching her bespoke Picture Book courses. Recent collaborations include illustrations for Sean Taylor’s Humperdink Our Elephant Friend and The Snowbear; other titles include The Best Bit of Daddy’s Day and Monkey and the Little One, the latter of which was shortlisted for the 2015 Junior Design Awards and listed as one of the top ten best new picture books of 2015 by the Independent Book Sellers Association.


Excellent teaching pace and content with a blend of learning for all types of students.”

Communicated process, examples and instruction clearly. Plenty of work time with good feedback and sharing.