In week one, Larissa will walk you through what a picture book is and how one goes about making it. You will learn to identify the story that you want to tell. Larissa will teach you how to pull aspects of stories from the past and make them your own.
In week two, you will study the fundamentals of character development. Larissa will take you through her process for developing cast members for picture books. You will learn how to use shape and shape relationships to develop your characters.
In week three, you will learn to design various versions of your characters. Larissa will demonstrate making model lineups and utilizing different shapes to develop your character and design clothing.
In week four, Larissa will demonstrate how to create character engagements. You will learn to bring your characters to life and develop a relationship between them.
In week five, you will learn to structure your story using Blake Snyder’s “Beat Sheet.” Larissa will lecture on how each stage of the outline aids in developing a well-rounded narrative.
In week six, Larissa will demonstrate how to develop rough sketches for your picture book. You will learn to start from small thumbnails and then progress to rough sketches.
In week seven, you will learn to create tonal studies of your characters. Larissa will demonstrate various tonal lineups for each of her characters. Then, you will discover the perfect arrangement of values to complement the style and purpose of your characters in the story.
In week eight, Larissa will teach you how to develop a scene into its final composition using your rough sketches. You will learn to use perspective to create the interior of a room.
In week nine, Larissa will demonstrate her process of refining an outdoor scene. You will learn to adjust and correct your drawing using perspective brushes, giving your scene realism.
In week ten, Larissa will refine a picture book illustration. You will learn to develop details and line variation to bring your rough sketches to life.
In week 11, Larissa will take you through her process of completing an illustration. You will learn to add color to your final line work with the lasso tool.
In week 12, you will learn to add the final touches to your picture book illustrations. Larissa will demonstrate how to refine and self-critique your artwork. You will discover how to overlay textures and create a PDF dummy book for submission to a publisher.
This course is appropriate for intermediate and advanced levels.
This course includes downloadable assignment PDFs, that help you practice the materials taught by instructor Larissa Matantz. Keeping up with these assignments will maximize your learning outcomes.
A material PDF list is linked in each lesson under the description. Please check the file to see what you need to prepare.
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