What makes a successful picture book? Convincing characters, a satisfying story and amazing images are all key, and are all things picture book author and illustrator Claire Alexander teaches on our Introduction to Creating Picture Books summer school.
Check out some of the work created by the talented cohort from our last online course. We can't wait to see the finished works.
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Whether real, some not so real (we're looking at you, watermelon-munching dragon), few picture books are without some adorable animals.
You're going to need some mighty protagonists in miniature proportions – these picture books are aimed at readers aged 6 and under, after all.
Setting the scene
Once you've done your character studies, it's time to start putting them together to tell stories. We want to know what all these guys are saying to each other!
Your picture book will need to turn those ingredients into stories on the page. Here's an example of how one character study evolved into a page spread.
Storyboarding to success
Laying out the structure of the whole picture book is crucial.
Want to make your own picture books? Check out our online Introduction to Creating Picture Books summer school, find out more at our Q&A with course tutor Claire Alexander and read a former student's account of what doing the course is like.