Date and Time Details: Begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 7 with an optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press; ends on Sunday, September 10, with lunch.

  • $1,099.00 – Program Price

Illustration Intensive 2017

With Adriana Domínguez, Elizabeth Rose Stanton, Giuseppe Castellano, James Ransome, Lori Nichols, Mike Curato and Lisa Cinelli

September 7 - 10, 2017

Immerse yourself in illustration techniques and gain tools for storytelling.

Illustrators come to narration through a different door than writers, and although we are also storytellers, we don’t always get to the end product in the same way. In today’s picture book environment, we could all use a little extra help. Let our mentors be your guides. Explore the children’s book market with them, learn new techniques, and enjoy the camaraderie of artists who understand your passion.

The sessions you’ll find in this workshop will help demystify the process and give aspiring illustrators and storytellers tools and insight into how to find and advance ideas through play, doodling, book dummies, character development, and more.

Daily hands-on activities will challenge you to sharpen your illustration skills, all under the support and guidance of our talented mentors.

In addition to illustration techniques, you’ll also explore:

  • Dummy preparation
  • Storyboarding
  • Continuity
  • Portfolio expectations
  • Character development
  • Self-promotion
  • Finding a market

Your work will receive personal attention through one-on-one critiques from your mentors, group critiques with peers and publishing professionals, and feedback from special guests at our portfolio showcase.

About the Leaders

Adriana Dominguez

Adriana Domínguez

Adriana Domínguez has twenty years of experience in publishing. Prior to becoming an agent, she was Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she managed the children’s division of the Rayo imprint. Before that, she was Children’s Reviews Editor at Críticas magazine, published by Library Journal. Adriana has performed editorial work for both children and adult publishers. She […]

Learn more about Adriana Domínguez
Elizabeth Rose Stanton

Elizabeth Rose Stanton

Elizabeth Rose Stanton is an author/illustrator whose debut book, Henny (Simon & Schuster) was named a 2014 best picture book by the New York Public Library (Titles for Reading and Sharing). She began her grownup life as an architect, and then segued over to arts administration and design after starting a family a long time […]

Learn more about Elizabeth Rose Stanton
Giuseppe Castellano

Giuseppe Castellano

Giuseppe Castellano is an award-winning Designer, Illustrator, and Art Director at Penguin Random House; with over sixteen years of book publishing experience. He oversees the imprints of Grosset & Dunlap, Price Stern Sloan, Frederick Warne and Co., the Penguin Young Readers, and Cartoon Network Books. Giuseppe is a guest speaker, critic, and teacher at many […]

Learn more about Giuseppe Castellano
James Ransome

James Ransome

James E. Ransome is the award-winning illustrator of over 60 picture books. He has been illustrating books, book jackets, greeting cards and magazines for over 25 years. Awards for his illustrations include the Coretta Scott King and NAACP Image awards. James received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from Pratt Institute in New […]

Learn more about James Ransome
Lori Nichols

Lori Nichols

Lori Nichols is the author and illustrator of the award-winning picture book, Maple. She grew up in Western Pennsylvania marveling at everything from acorns to frogs to big sisters. Now she makes books about them all. Amazon included Maple on its list of Best Children’s Books of 2014. The book also received a 2014 Giverny […]

Learn more about Lori Nichols
Mike Currato

Mike Curato

Mike Curato is the author and illustrator of everyone’s favorite polka-dotted elephant, Little Elliot. His debut title,Little Elliot, Big City (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, Macmillan), released in 2014 to critical acclaim, has won several awards, and is being translated into eleven languages. Mike loves illustrating and writing almost as much as he loves […]

Learn more about Mike Curato

Lisa Cinelli

Lisa Cinelli is an award-winning painter, childrenʼs book author/illustrator and a Teaching Artist. She is happiest exploring story ideas, experimenting with materials and techniques, gathering notes and images in her sketchbooks and filling handmade accordion books with words and pictures. Lisa has an MA in Illustration from Syracuse University and a BFA from The School […]

Learn more about Lisa Cinelli

Categories : ,