Nina’s Row, Row Row Your Boat…..

Nina Bromley is currently studying with Maggy Roberts on the Illustrating Children’s Book Diploma. Nina has sent us her first illustration for the course along with some text about the illustration and we are thrilled to add it here on our college news blog. We are really looking forward to seeing what Nina comes up with on her second set!


My name is Nina Bromley and below is my first exercise for the Diploma in ‘Illustrating for Children’s Books’ which I am thoroughly enjoying. My aim is to complete the course by the end of this year.

I’m a freelance illustrator, artist and designer. Based in Worcestershire. The course and tutor Maggie Roberts are fantastic and I am thrilled to progress in illustrating for Children.

This assignment is ‘Row, row, row your boat’. I knew I wanted to come away from the traditional setting often seen with this rhyme. I have sailed around The Caribbean a lot and especially during our honeymoon sailing in The Grenadines, I remember swimming amongst their amazing Turtles. A giant Turtle became the boat and the tropical seas the land of dreams. Eighteenth months ago I had a little boy so a lot of details are linked to him in the artwork, such as his cuddly toys in the small boat on tow and the Teddy on the moon which my Mum gave to my son.

I have used pencil and watercolour which is my preferred media when illustrating.

My website is

Nina Bromley
Illustrating Children’s Book Diploma


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