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Creation of a Children's Picturebook

A course by Claudia Rueda
Author and Illustrator. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined July 2019
, Author and Illustrator

Learn how to plan and create your picturebook project from scratch combining narrative and illustration

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (314)
  • 6730 students

Learn how to plan and create your picturebook project from scratch combining narrative and illustration

If you would like to learn all the steps involved in creating an illustrated children’s book and surprise your young readers, Claudia Rueda is the ideal person to guide you in this adventure. She has over thirty published books — many of which have made the New York Times bestsellers list and obtained prestigious international nominations such as the Hans Christian Andersen and Astrid Lindgren prizes.

In this course, learn how to plan and elaborate an illustrated picturebook from scratch. Claudia shows you each step involved: from the initial idea to creating your model until it is ready to be sent to an editor. See how to build a narrative and visual sequence by combining text and images in a unique way.

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What will you learn in this online course?

15 lessons & 35 downloads

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (314)
  • 6730 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 43m)
  • 35 additional resources (17 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create the model for an eight-page picturebook adapted to an existing story.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

For all those interested in picturebooks and visual storytelling, who would like to learn how to tell a story through the combination of images and text.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge is needed to take this course, although basic drawing skills will be useful.

As for materials, you need white drawing paper or A4 sulfite paper, HB and 2HB pencils, yellow and orange-colored pencils, a black marker, an eraser, a stapler, and scissors.


6730 Students
314 Reviews
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Claudia Rueda

A course by Claudia Rueda

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Author and Illustrator

Colombian author and illustrator Claudia Rueda is a New York Times best-selling author with over thirty published illustrated books. Her work has been published in the US, Mexico, Spain, and has been translated into more than fifteen languages in Asia and Europe. She was also nominated for major awards such as Hans Cristian Andersen and Astrid Lindgren.

Claudia studied Law and Arts and worked as a political caricaturist in Colombia. She then furthered her studies in children’s book illustration at UC Berkeley. She has a master’s in creative writing from Lesley University and won the Billie M. Levy investigation grant from the Children’s Literature Collection from the North-West. Claudia is also a teacher in the creative writing masters at Universidad Nacional de Colombia.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in this Course?
  • U2

    Understanding the Pictureook and Visual Storytelling

    • What is A Picturebook? The Narrative and Eloquent Power of the Image
    • The Visual Sequence and the Narrative
    • The Relationship Among the Actor, the Stage and the Narrator
    • The Game Between Text and Image
    • Characterization, Character and Point of View
  • U3

    Creating the Storyboard of Our Picturebook

    • Choosing the Text and Its Possible Visual Interpretations
    • The First Thumbnails and the Storyboard 1
    • The First Thumbnails and Storyboard 2
    • Reviewing the Sequence, Relationship Between Text and Image and Eloquence
    • Definition of the Characters and the Setting
  • U4

    The Mockup and Completion

    • Storyboard Transfer and Reading Test
    • Finishing the Mockup
  • FP

    Final project

    • Creation of a Children's Picturebook

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Creation of a Children's Picturebook. Illustration course by Claudia Rueda Best seller

Creation of a Children's Picturebook

A course by Claudia Rueda
Author and Illustrator. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined July 2019
  • 99% positive reviews (314)
  • 6730 students