Amy Curran

Amy Curan has just passed the Illustrating Children’s Books Diploma Course with a Distinction. Maggy was delighted with her final image and wanted us to showcase it her eon our college news blog. Her final illustration is absolutely superb! We have shown the full image below along with some details from the full painting. We hope that you like them and find them as inspiring as we do! Congratulations Amy, we wish you all the best with your art career!

 

 

Yvonne Overheul

My whole life I have spent hours in book shops admiring the illustrations of other people, so when my daughter was about 5 years old and showed a great interest in drawing I started drawing together with her. Only then I remembered that I used to draw and paint when I was little.

Knowing nothing about techniques and mixing colours I decided it was about time to learn more about it and after some online research I found the Illustrating Children’s Books Course.

At first I thought it would be too difficult, but slowly I gained more confidence and I started to really enjoy working for every assignment. The course material is easy to understand, also for not native speakers and in case you have any doubts, Maggy will answer all your questions in a really short time. Her feedback is really helpful, her comments make you understand your mistakes and improve your skills for future work.

In August I completed the follow on course, which has been very helpful, assisting you with the creation of your portfolio and giving you all the necessary information enabling you to continue on your own. In fact, I could never have imagined that one day I would find the courage to send out my images to publishers, but now this day has arrived! Fingers crossed!

Yvonne Overheul
Illustrating Children’s Books Diploma

 

Victoria Biggs

This watercolour illustration was created for the first assignment on the Illustrating Children’s Books Diploma – to illustrate a double page for the rhyme ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’.  I wanted to create a dream-like atmosphere that would appeal to young children and after sketching out a number of ideas I chose to leave reality behind and trade a stream for clouds.

This illustration is built up of individually painted and cut out pieces, some a simple wash of watercolour and some more detailed.  All pieces were arranged on the blue sky background allowing for each layer to be a little proud of the last to create shadows between them.

Thank you to Maggy and Melanie for asking me to share this piece.  I can’t wait to get stuck into the next assignment!

Victoria Biggs
Illustrating Children’s Books Diploma

Amy Curran

Student Amy Curran has created an illustration for one of her assignments on the Illustrating Children’s Books diploma course. Tutor Maggy Roberts emailed the image to us asking for it to be included on the blog and gallery. Maggy said….

A well handled soft and gentle Cow who went looking for a friend illustration from Amy Curran

Congratulations Amy, on a wonderful and beautiful illustration!

 

Heidi Hauser

We have a superb illustration to showcase below by student Heidi Hauser who is studying our Illustrating Children’s Books Diploma course with tutor Maggy Roberts. The first image below shows the full illustration including Heidi’s registration lines and the gumstrip Heidi used when she stretched her watercolour paper. We felt this was an excellent opportunity for our students to see the full image, rather than just a static cropped illustration. We have also included a close up to show Heidi’s beautiful painting skills and her pen and ink work too. We hope you all find it truly inspiring!

 

Diane Bishop

It’s Children’s Illustration week! If you are looking to improve your illustration work, perhaps you want to pursue a career as an illustrator, or maybe you are writing your own children’s book and would like to illustrate it yourself. If any of these things interest you, this week is perfect for you! We have lots of wonderful artwork to showcase every day from our Illustrating Children’s Book Diploma course. We are starting the week off with a fabulous ‘Fiery Fred’ illustration by London Art College student Diane Bishop.