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Children's Book Illustration I: Thinking in Pictures

Do you have an idea for a children's book? Or have you always wondered how to make a story come alive through art?

Learn to create stories through images and turn written narratives into a sequence of pictures.  Through hands-on assignments, illustrated lectures, discussions and critiques, students get a solid foundation in the basics of visual storytelling, as well as sketching story characters, make action drawings, develop story boards and design working book dummies.  Explore a wide variety of picture books for inspiration, alongside a real-world introduction to the publishing profession and the industry.

Quarters Offered: Winter (online) | Summer (online)
Course Fee: $425
Prerequisite: Drawing: Focus on Perception, or equivalent experience.
Next Course: Children's Book Illustration II: Focus on Style
Contact: For more information about this course, email the academic department at

Note: SCBWI members can receive the $25 'Early Enrollment' discount after the early enrollment period ends. Maximum discount a member can receive is $25 per class. This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts except for alumni/student/staff. Please submit proof of membership to and enroll over the phone when prompted.

Course Number: ART-40634
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Children’s Book IllustrationChildren’s Book Writing

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