Monday, August 1, 2016
Developing a Believable and Engaging Cast for Your Picture Book
With the day’s faculty: Sophie Blackall Author/Illustrator, Peter Brown Author/Illustrator,
Priscilla Burris Author/Illustrator, Pat Cummings Illustrator, David Diaz Illustrator,
Laurent Linn Art Director, Simon & Schuster,Cecilia Yung Art Director Art Director & Vice President,
Penguin BFYR, and Paul Zelinsky Illustrator
BLUEPRINT FOR THE DAY
MORE THAN A PRETTY FACE
Capturing Faces and
Drawing faces from news, photos and screen grabs to understand ethnic and racial differences and individual characteristics, personalities and expressions.
Drawing from real children to understand child-like
BODY LANGUAGE A
Communicating Intent, Motivation and Emotion
Drawing from hand puppets and marionettes performed by live puppeteers to understand how to bring inanimate personalities to life.
A display of the Homework Assignments
BODY LANGUAGE B
Conveying Action, Reaction and Interaction
Drawing from live actors to understand how characters relate to each other.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Incorporating the homework assignment and studies from the day’s sessions, and applying your specific style to create a distinct cast in one key scene of your picture book story.
Discussion of Select Homework and In-Class Studies
Breathing Life into Wild Boars, Famous Bears, and Curious Kids
Sophie Blackall, Author/Illustrator
How a Caldecott award-winning illustrator combines research and inspiration to bring picture book characters to life.
PLEASE NOTE FOR DAY OF THE INTENSIVE:
This is a full day drawing session. Bring drawing material and a 8-1/2” x 11" pad and tracing paper.
Bring 8-1/2” x 11" color studies of three (3) original animal and/or human characters that can be developed into a picture book story. Include one or two sentence description of their age and personalities. Be as precise and specific as you can.