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Short Course

Creating Visual Sequences with Characters

With Viviane Schwarz and Ben Norland

Creating impactful visual sequences with your characters requires understanding how to use timing and structure in sequential images. Having worked together for nearly 20 years, children’s book illustrator Viviane Schwarz and Ben Norland, Executive Art Director at Walker Books, now share their unique insights into making a bestselling picture book. Over two days, they will share their many tips and tricks, teaching you how to ‘play’ with your characters to achieve the best professional results, and show you what makes a character work for a successful picture book.



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By the end of this two-day course, you will have:

  • Developed and extended one or more picture book characters and put these designs in the context of sequences of images
  • Exercised the creation of appropriate levels of roughs for each stage of picture book making
  • Discovered tools to enliven your existing works, and what to aim for in extending these into future full-scale picture book projects

You’ll discover methods for expanding your characters, and learn how to apply tools and techniques to develop story roughs with confidence. By the end of the course you’ll know what to aim for in taking your ideas and roughs to the next level i.e. a full-scale picture book project. Ideally, you’ll bring a developed character design and story idea to the course – but you’re also welcome to join without!



About this Short Course:

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

Where: Online

When: Part 1: 10th June 2023
             Part 2: 17th June 2023

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Acclaim for this Short Course

Absolutely BLOWN AWAY and BUZZING from the first day of this course with Viviane Schwarz and Ben Norland. An encouraging, creative and fun environment led to a surprise amount of work and ideas by me and other attendees.

The tutors were fantastic and they made sure we all had time to ask questions, the content was really interesting and different from other online courses.

The best thing about the course is the one to one feedback and encouragement from the tutors. The studio room and getting one to one feedback was also excellent.

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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