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Bringing Characters to Life

With Chanté Timothy and Selom Sunu

Creating appealing, engaging and authentic characters is essential to making successful picture books. In this one-day masterclass with the acclaimed illustrators Chanté Timothy and Selom Sunu, you’ll explore character case studies, and use practical exercises and group sharing to transform your sketched character concept into a believable character through movement, gesture and interaction, using story to bring them to life.

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During this Masterclass, you will learn:

  • How to tell a story through your draft character, focusing on aesthetics, personality, behaviour and overall visual appearance
  • How to use shape to inform the visual language of your character
  • How to apply gestures and expression to outline your character’s personality

All you’ll need to bring with you is a sketched character concept (detailed guidance will be provided by the artists when you sign up). During the masterclass, participants will be developing their draft character concepts, working on character design and visual development to produce a finished character. As part of this masterclass, you’ll also receive valuable and critical feedback on your character design.

This masterclass will be delivered in-person. If you are unable to join the session in-person, we are happy to accommodate online attendance for limited numbers. Please email if you wish to join online once you have purchased your ticket.

After the workshop, every participant will receive a comprehensive resource pack on character design compiled by Chanté Timothy and Selom Sunu.

About this Masterclass:

Who: All aspiring illustrators, 18 and over, with an interest in children’s book illustration and for more experienced artists looking to try something new

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Dapo and Chanté made the effort to attend to everyone and answer our specific queries…They are incredibly friendly and great tutors

I look forward to learning more from these guys another time! Please run these courses more regularly!

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About Pathways Plus

Pathways Plus is a series of Masterclasses and Short Courses for all aspiring illustrators, delivered by award-winning illustrators and highly-experienced children’s book publishers. The courses provide an amazing opportunity to learn how to illustrate children’s books from the best in the industry as well as giving participants a real insight into the world of children’s publishing.

Pathways Plus courses can be taken as one-offs or as a package and have been developed by the same team who created Pathways Into Children’s Publishing, a unique, highly-acclaimed two-year professional training programme for aspiring and emerging illustrators.

All Pathways Plus courses involve:

  • professional advice
  • shared insights and experiences
  • practical tasks
  • creative guidance
  • resource-sharing
  • interaction with tutors and participants
  • critical feedback

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