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Illustrating People

With Jane Buckley and Sara Ogilvie

In this Masterclass, you will discover the picture book process and industry with two experienced professional collaborators from both the illustrator and art director perspective



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During this Masterclass, you will learn:

  • The benefits of observational drawing to improve capturing facial expressions and body language through in-class drawing practice
  • How to understand techniques to further develop expression and relatable personality qualities for characters in a picture book context
  • How to effectively use observational study (from your homework task from the first session) to create believable characters – e.g protagonists, adversaries, sidekicks

Bring a sketchbook and learn how to use observational drawing of body language and facial expressions to create authentic characters and scenes with humor and empathy, and the importance of sketching when producing these drawings. You will explore how to provide context when drawing from observation, and how to bridge drawing from observation into illustrative narrative.

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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Acclaim for this Masterclass

Jane Buckley and Sara Ogilvie were very, very generous with their time and professional knowledge. This was definitely the best, and most inspiring course that I have participated in over the years. To see Sara Ogilvie and her working process was incredible

Friendly and insightful

The best thing about the course was hearing about Sara Ogilvie’s process and inspiration, as well as getting an insight into Jane’s type of work and of course the life drawing practice

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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