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Illustrating Animal Characters

Online workshop for adults
2 March 2024
13:00 – 17:00 GMT

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Join author and illustrator Claire Alexander online for an afternoon delving into the joyful world of picture books. By the end of the day you’ll have created your very own character with contemporary publishing appeal.

Illustration of an elephant and six children painting.
Humperdink Our Elephant Friend Painting © Claire Alexander

You’ll explore some successful characters from classic picture books and consider what exactly makes them interesting to everyone they need to appeal to: children, parents, carers, teachers and publishers.

Line drawings of bears.
Line drawings of bears.
Line drawing of a bear.
Line drawing of a bear wearing a scarf.

You’ll learn how to write a character study based on an animal of your choice, then bring it to life in collage, creating a colour vignette with personality and charm.

Collage of a bear wearing a scarf looking at the full moon.
Collage Bear © Claire Alexander

This workshop is also a fantastic opportunity to gain insight into a successful picture book-maker’s own practice, finding out about Claire’s published projects and learning insightful tips on how to present your ideas to publishers.

Please note this workshop has been run before as ‘Create a Picture Book Character’

Illustration of twelve different elephant characters.
Elephant Banner © Claire Alexander

About Claire

Claire Alexander is an award-winning author and illustrator with more than 20 years’ experience creating picture books and teaching. Her recent books include The Think-Ups! and the third book in the ‘Ploofer’ series A Little Bit of Respect. Recent collaborations include illustrations for Emma Perry’s Puddling, and Sean Taylor’s Humperdink Our Elephant Friend and The Snowbear.

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What people say about this workshop

“Claire Alexander was so enthusiastic and her feedback immensely helpful”

“Well structured, well delivered. I felt I made progress and created something worthwhile.”

"Excellent teaching pace and content with a blend of learning for all types of students."

“The whole process was highly enjoyable and Claire was a very pleasant, encouraging and engaging tutor.”

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