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Children's Book Illustration: A story in a moment

A course by mark hoffmann
Author and illustrator . Salem, United States.
Joined February 2022
, Author and illustrator

Learn how to create children's book illustrations that serve the narrative whilst telling its own tale.

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  • 100% positive reviews (10)
  • 1594 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to create children's book illustrations that serve the narrative whilst telling its own tale.

Hello there! Meet Mark Hoffmann, a talented author, illustrator, painter, and professor. In this online course, you'll dive into the world of picture book illustration, where Mark will guide you through the process of creating captivating and quirky illustrations that breathe life into stories.

Throughout the course, Mark will share his expertise, gained from nearly 20 years of experience collaborating with renowned publishers like Random House and Groundwood Books. He'll take you on a journey where you'll not only make pretty paintings but also learn how to apply devices that engage readers, making them interact better with the text and imagery as they progress through the story.

The course's main theme revolves around understanding that each image in a picture book is more than just a singular instance—it's a story within a story. Mark will emphasize the importance of finding fun ways to tell the same image through different means, allowing for multiple paths of storytelling and empowering you to control the direction of the narrative. Whether you're a professional illustrator or an aspiring artist, this course will provide valuable insights into making your illustrations shine with humor, color, texture, and adorable character designs.

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What will you learn in this online course?

18 lessons & 23 downloads

The Materials and Tools
9 minutes, 51 seconds
Crafting a Concept 1
14 minutes, 29 seconds
Crafting a Concept 2
16 minutes, 53 seconds
Controlling the Image
16 minutes, 8 seconds
Context and Applications
9 minutes, 55 seconds
The Thumbnails: Sketch State 1
11 minutes, 9 seconds
  • 100% positive reviews (10)
  • 1594 students
  • 18 lessons (4h 4m)
  • 23 additional resources (7 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?

Your final project will be a single spread illustration that hints at the past and foreshadows the future, enticing readers to explore what's to come in the story. It's your opportunity to showcase your newly acquired skills in crafting a picture book illustration that captivates and tells a tale within itself.

Who is this online course for?

This course is perfect for illustrators and artists who are eager to explore picture book illustration, particularly those who gravitate towards fun, quirky, and humorous content. If you're looking to expand your storytelling abilities, experiment with various narrative structures, and learn how to control reader engagement and page flow, then this course is tailor-made for you.

Requirements and materials

To embark on this creative journey, you'll need basic drawing skills and traditional painting materials, such as an illustration board and paints. While Mark's course will be incredibly enriching, it's recommended that you have some prior knowledge of illustration techniques and an understanding of drawing fundamentals.


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mark hoffmann

A course by mark hoffmann

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Author and illustrator

Meet Mark Hoffmann, a talented author, illustrator, painter, and professor, who truly embodies a kid-at-heart spirit. With a career spanning nearly 20 years, Mark has collaborated with esteemed publishers and showcased his goofy and fun illustrations through various avenues. From editorial illustration to animation and gallery work, Mark's passion for storytelling through illustration is evident in his work.

Through his extensive teaching experience, Mark believes in the power of discovery and experimentation. In this course, he aims to emphasize the importance of thinking about each image as a story rather than just a part of one. Mark's hope is to impart his knowledge on how to approach text and ideas, allowing for multiple storytelling paths that captivate readers and enable artists to control the narrative direction.

With a wide range of accomplishments, including working on 13 picture books and winning numerous awards, Mark's artistic journey continues to evolve, making him the perfect mentor to guide you on your picture book illustration adventure.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    The First Steps

    • The Materials and Tools
    • Crafting a Concept 1
    • Crafting a Concept 2
    • Controlling the Image
    • Context and Applications
  • U3


    • The Thumbnails: Sketch State 1
    • The Thumbnails: Sketch State 2
    • Deeper Dive
    • Selecting, Scaling, and Detailing
  • U4

    Preparing and Painting

    • Selecting and Mixing Color
    • Blocking and Texturing Color 1
    • Blocking and Texturing Color 2
    • Detailing
    • Text and Touch-ups
  • U5

    Making it Perfect

    • Color Correction and Revisions
    • Tips on Instagram
  • FP

    Final project

    • How to write and illustrate an original children's book (TBC)

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Children's Book Illustration: A story in a moment. Illustration course by mark hoffmann Best seller

Children's Book Illustration: A story in a moment

A course by mark hoffmann
Author and illustrator . Salem, United States.
Joined February 2022
  • 100% positive reviews (10)
  • 1594 students