Illustrator and Writer
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Update… An 2014 overview to see what Marjorie did in 2014 – Go to http://www.marjorie-cv.blogspot.com/2014/11/marjorie-van-heerdens-2014-childrens.html
Update... An 2013 overview to see what Marjorie did in 2013 - Go to http://www.marjorie-cv.blogspot.com/2014/01/marjorie-van-heerdens-2013.html
CV before 2012
- Marjorie van Heerden -
Note: Marjorie van Heerden is passionate about children’s books. Since her first children’s book was published in 1983 she started doing in-depth research and study on the subject. This led to her sharing her insights and experience more and more with fellow authors and illustrators. Over the years she started giving talks and workshops at home, at conferences and on invitation at colleges and university art and education departments. Her audiences have ranged from school children, pre-schoolers, educators, parents, publishers, children’s book writers and illustrators, academics and others. Here is a selected list of subjects she has focused on over the years:
Selected topics of Talks given by Marjorie van Heerden:
· Essential Early Development Areas - A PowerPoint presentation to educators and academics.
· Illustrating Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland: The Process - A PowerPoint presentation to children’s book writers and illustrators and to school learners and teachers.
· The Challenges for Picture Book Authors & Illustrators in Developing Countries - A PowerPoint Presentation to children’s book writers and illustrators, publishers, educators (first given at the AFCC Conference in Singapore in May 2012).
· The Function of Illustrations in a Children’s Book - A PowerPoint Presentation to children’s book writers and illustrators, publishers, educators and librarians (given at the AFCC Conference in Singapore in May 2012). First presented in Afrikaans as “Die Rol van Illustrasies in Kinderboeke” at the ATKV Writers School in Johannesburg (April 2012).
· My Journey as a Children’s Book Writer/Illustrator (Afrikaans: “My Reis as ’n Kinderboekskrywer/illustreerder” - A PowerPoint Presentation to children’s book writers and illustrators, publishers, librarians, educators and parents (first given at the ATKV Writers School in Johannesburg in 2011).
· Were Adults influenced by the Books they read as Children? - A talk given to children’s book writers and illustrators, publishers, educators, booksellers and librarians (first given at the 2009 Cape Town Book Fair).
· The Mind of an Illustrator – A talk first delivered at the AGM of IBBY (South Africa) in 2008.
· My Pictures Tell Stories - A talk given to children’s book writers and illustrators and to school learners and teachers.
· Some Notes from a Picture Book Illustrator in Africa - A talk given to children’s book writers and illustrators - based on an article written by Marjorie and published in Once Upon a Time (Spring 2006; Vol.17 #1) an American children’s book magazine.
· The People and Things that made me a Writer and Illustrator of Children’s Books – A talk given to children’s book writers and illustrators, publishers, librarians, educators and parents.
· I believe in Magic – A talk given to children’s book writers and illustrators, publishers, librarians, educators and parents.
· One Illustrator’s Journey – First a slide show and later a PowerPoint presentation given to children’s book writers and illustrators, publishers, librarians, educators and parents. (First given at the Children’s Book Forum (later called IBBY South Africa) AGM in July 2003).
Selected list of Workshops Facilitated by Marjorie van Heerden:
Note: These workshops, mostly aimed at children’s book writers and illustrators, usually range from 2-3 hours up to 3 days.
· Art Materials: Working in Colour; Working in Monotone.
· Character Development.
· Characterisation studies/sketches.
· Characterisation in Children’s Book Illustrations.
· Children’s development.
· Drawing Animals, (or rather, Mammals) and Fantasy Creatures.
· Drawing the Human Form.
· Faces: Mixing colour (mixing skin tones).
· Illustrations of Children by some well-known Artists.
· How to draw Children.
· Creating Backgrounds.
· Backgrounds: Mixing Colour (mixing greens).
· Creating good Book Covers.
· Illustrating a Children’s Book: The Creative Process.
· Tips for aspirant writers: Looking at characterisation, plot and all aspects of creating a compelling story.
· Resources: How to do research and use it.
· Portfolio presentations and how one can submit/pitch your work to publishers.
· Understanding Children’s Writing Genres.
· The Role of the Illustrator is like that of a Moviemaker.
5-Day Children’s Book Illustration Course given annually by Marjorie van Heerden at Stellenbosch University in South Africa:
Note: In 2014 Marjorie gave this course at the Spring Workshop of the Visual Arts Department of Stellenbosch University for the sixth consecutive year.
Introduction to the world of children’s books illustrators: the process; characterisation
· Who are you? - The mind frame of an illustrator. Who is your audience/ Today’s children.
· The process of creating a children’s book - To create a storyboard; to create a “dummy book”, with rough illustrations.
· Characterisation - The process of creating characters for a picture book: children, adults, animals, and fantasy characters.
Fundamentals of Drawing
· A look at the child’s physical and mental development and how that can be incorporated into drawings of children.
· How to draw children - A step-by-step look at the structure of a typical child’s body and how it changes, starting with the newborn baby up to children of 16 years old.
· The difference between adult and child bodies. - How to draw adults.
· How to draw animals, monsters and other creatures.
A look at various art materials and techniques. A look at the world of children’s book publishers and analysing selected published children’s books.
· A look at how Marjorie works in her studio.
· A look at materials; various papers, drawing pencils, inks, watercolours, pastels, acrylics etc...
· The use of colour.
· The use of monochrome.
· Analysis of different illustration techniques and styles.
· A look at a variety of picture books - A detailed analysis of a selection of different types of children’s picture books and specific selected illustrations.
· A look at the world of children’s book publishing, local and international.
· Tips on how one can submit/pitch your work to publishers.
A close look at visual backgrounds, light source and space in an illustration.
· Backgrounds - How background creates a sense of place; the value of negative space.
· Light source - The importance of the light source and tone in an illustration.
· Practical session: (Exercises under Marjorie’s guidance) Characterisation sketches; creating a storyboard; creating a dummy-book with rough illustrations.
Creating a children’s book and one-on-one critique sessions.
· Continuation of Day Four: Doing characterisation sketches; creating a storyboard; creating a dummy-book with rough illustrations. (Exercises under Marjorie’s guidance).
· Concurrent one-on-one sessions with Marjorie - Evaluation and critique of each participant’s creative work and some individual guidance and pointers regarding next steps.
More about Marjorie go to http://www.marjorie-cv.blogspot.com/