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Illustration Intensive 2017 | September 7 – September 10, 2017

Immerse yourself in illustration techniques and gain tools for storytelling.

Explore the ever-changing children’s book market with authors, illustrators and art directors who are currently in the field. Come learn new techniques and enjoy the camaraderie of artists who understand your passion. Daily hands-on activities will challenge you to sharpen your illustration skills with support and guidance from our talented mentors.

The sessions you’ll find in this workshop will help demystify the publishing process and give aspiring illustrators and storytellers the tools and insight into how to find and advance ideas through play, doodling, book dummies, character development, and more.

In addition to illustration techniques, you’ll also explore:

  • Dummy preparation
  • Storyboarding
  • Continuity
  • Portfolio expectations
  • Character development
  • Self-promotion
  • Finding a market

Your work will receive personal attention through one-on-one critiques from your mentors, group critiques with peers and publishing professionals, and feedback from special guests at our portfolio showcase.

Faculty blog posts:
Faculty Spotlight: Lori Nichols
Elizabeth Rose Stanton: True Confessions of a Picture Book Illustrator
Faculty Interview: Adriana Domínguez and Giuseppe Castellano

Preliminary schedule
Day 1
Optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press.

Appetizers & Dinner
After Dinner: Introduction and welcome, Lori Nichols

Day 2
Faculty Demonstration and Lecture, James Ransome
Portfolio reviews

Faculty Demonstration and Lecture, Elizabeth Rose Stanton

Appetizers & Dinner
After dinner: agent Adriana Dominquez & creative director Giuseppe Castellano, book showcase

Day 3
Faculty Demonstration and Lecture, Mike Curato, graphite
Portfolio reviews

Portfolio and dummy preparation
One-to-one Sessions with Adriana and Giuseppe
Illustrator Panel: Making a Living as an Illustrator, facilitated by Lisa Cinelli

Appetizers & Dinner
After dinner: Faculty Demonstration, Lisa Cinelli

Day 4
Faculty Demonstration and Lecture, Lori Nichols
One-to-one Sessions with Adriana and Giuseppe
Closing comments
Lunch and departures

Faculty & Special Guests