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Online Portfolio for Children’s Book Illustrators

A course by Marissa Valdez , Children's Book Author and Illustrator

Children's Book Author and Illustrator. Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Joined February 2021

Learn the fundamentals of children’s book illustration to create a playful portfolio ready to share with editors and art directors

  • Best seller
  • 100% positive reviews (244)
  • 8383 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn the fundamentals of children’s book illustration to create a playful portfolio ready to share with editors and art directors

A course by Marissa Valdez

Starting a new career in illustration can be a daunting task, but with the help of celebrated illustrators like Marissa Valdez, the first step is made easier. With books like Ambitious Girl which was a #1 New York Times Bestseller under her belt, Marissa has valuable insight in the illustration industry.

In this online course, Marissa walks you through the process of creating a vibrant online portfolio to kickstart your career as an illustrator. Learn how to give shape to a colorful story that inspires young readers, and how to bring compelling characters to life.

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What will you learn in this online course?

18 lessons & 27 downloads

Influences
7 minutes, 33 seconds
Materials and Tools
9 minutes, 13 seconds
Creating Narrative Scenes
17 minutes, 38 seconds
Finishing in Procreate 1
19 minutes, 6 seconds
  • 100% positive reviews (244)
  • 8383 students
  • 18 lessons (3h 40m)
  • 27 additional resources (9 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create three illustrations for an online portfolio to help kickstart a career in children’s book illustration.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for aspiring illustrators interested in building their careers.

Requirements and materials

Some illustration experience is recommended.

To take this course, you need sketching tools and access to Photoshop. An iPad or graphics tablet with Procreate is recommended.


Reviews

8383 Students
244 Reviews
100% Positive ratings

Marissa Valdez

A course by Marissa Valdez

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Children's Book Author and Illustrator

Marissa is a children’s book author and illustrator based in Houston, Texas. Drawing and illustration have always been present in Marissa’s life, which led her to study animation at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. After her studies, she went on to work as a preschool teacher, an art teacher, and a graphic designer. She later discovered children's illustration and decided to pursue her newfound passion as a career

She has since worked with publishers such as Hachette, Penguin Random House, and Macmillan. Marissa illustrated books like Ambitious Girl, which was on The New York Times bestseller list, as well as the books Hedgehogs Don’t Wear Underwear and Esme’s Birthday Conga Line.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Tools for a Children’s Illustration Portfolio

    • Materials and Tools
    • Elements of a Portfolio 1
    • Elements of a Portfolio 2
    • Characters, Setting, and Storytelling 1
    • Characters, Setting, and Storytelling 2
  • U3

    Creating Illustrations for Your Portfolio

    • Creating a Character 1
    • Creating a Character 2
    • Creating a Character 3
    • Creating the Setting
    • Creating Narrative Scenes
    • Finishing in Procreate 1
    • Finishing in Procreate 2
  • U4

    Presenting Your Portfolio

    • Preparing Files for Your Portfolio
    • How To Format Your Online Portfolio
    • Making a Physical Portfolio
    • Tips for Presenting Your Portfolio
  • FP

    Final project

    • Online Portfolio for Children’s Book Illustrators

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    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule and with an easy-to-follow method. You set your own pace.

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    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Meet expert teachers

    Each expert teaches what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

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    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

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Online Portfolio for Children’s Book Illustrators. Illustration course by Marissa Valdez Best seller

Online Portfolio for Children’s Book Illustrators

A course by Marissa Valdez
Children's Book Author and Illustrator. Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Joined February 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (244)
  • 8383 students