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Module One

Developing Your Characters

Module One explores the world of character design and development. Learn how to create appealing, engaging and authentic characters with award-winning illustrators and acclaimed art directors. 

In this module, you will explore character case studies, learn how to use shape to inform visual language and how to capture detail from observation and body language, a vital aspect of developing convincing characters and narratives that readers can connect with. You will discover how to ‘play’ with your characters, learning different tools to create simple characters from scratch, and subsequently how to develop them into more complex, dynamic characters. 

You will also explore tools and techniques to develop story roughs with confidence, creating pace and drama through picture book spreads, and how to use timing and structure techniques to create visually impactful sequences.

This module includes the following Masterclasses and Short Course:

  • Illustrating People
  • Illustrating Animals
  • Bringing Characters to Life
  • Creating Visual Sequences with Characters


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This was definitely the best, and most inspiring course that I have participated in over the years!

Having that author/illustrator and art director insight was the best thing.

A great opportunity for networking and exchange of ideas.

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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