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Illustrating Children’s Books

An Intermediate Course

Mondays, February 5–April 23, 7:00–10:00 p.m. (No classes February 19 and March 19)

About the Program

Explore the steps involved in illustrating a children’s book in this class offered in partnership with Otis College Extension.

Through hands-on assignments, lectures, and critiques, examine the aesthetic and technical aspects, including text analysis, concept development, character studies, and storyboarding. Draw illustrations that harmonize with the text, produce a rough dummy, and create three pieces of full-color, resolved illustrations. Also learn how to submit artwork and/or book proposals to art directors and editors, how to market your work, and what you can expect in a publishing contract.

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Instructor: Deborah Nourse Lattimore received her BA in art history and Ancient Near Eastern and pre-Columbian studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. The illustrator and author of over thirty-five children's and educational books, she is the recipient of the prestigious PEN Award, ACLU Award in Art for Civil Liberties, and the Color Me Bright Foundation Award. Her books are in the California Collection, and her illustrations are in numerous museums and personal collections.