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Illustration Masterclass with Sara Ogilvie & Jane Buckley: 11 Dec & 15 Jan

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Masterclass: Illustrating People – the Nosy Parker’s Guide with award-winning illustrator Sara Ogilvie and art director Jane Buckley

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Over two half-days you’ll learn how to capture detail from body language to develop your characters and evolve your illustration style.

No matter how simple or complex your illustration style, observation and capturing detail from body language is vital in making authentic, convincing characters and narratives that readers can emotionally connect with. Over two half-days of playful exercises and real-life assignments you’ll explore facial expressions and body language, draw from life and memory, and evolve characters, interactions and scenes with humour and empathy. Involves homework between sessions. All you’ll need to bring is a sketchbook!

This masterclass will be delivered online with a limited number of attendees able to join in-person at Birbeck, University of London, on Saturday 11th December 2021.


  • Sara Ogilvie is an award-winning illustrator and printmaker. In 2010, her first picture book Dogs Don’t do Ballet with writer Anna Kemp was published for Simon & Schuster. It led to a BookTrust’s Best New Illustrators award in 2011 which paved the way for ten years of successful picture book collaborations, picking up recognition on shortlists including the Roald Dahl Funny prize, Sainsbury's Picture Book awards, and the Waterstones Children's Prize. This year The Hospital Dog, in collaboration with Julia Donaldson, won the Indie Book Prize in the picture book category. Izzy Gizmo, written by Pip Jones, is currently being animated and orchestrated for Music in the Round based in Sheffield.
  • Jane Buckley - With over twenty years’ experience in children’s publishing, Jane has worked for a wealth of publishers including Penguin Random House, Little Tiger Press, Kingfisher and Dorling Kindersley. Throughout her career she’s worked with a variety of award-winning illustrators such as Benji Davies, Sara Ogilvie, Liz Pichon and Kate Hindley. Jane started her journey studying Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University, as a painter and film maker with a keen eye for a good story and, as a result, the picture book world soon beckoned. Through her determination and hard work, she now finds herself as the 2021 British Book Awards Designer of the Year winner and Art Director of Picture Books and Novelty at Simon & Schuster UK.

Who: This event is for 18+ only.


  • Saturday 11th December 2021 & Saturday 15th January 2022.


  • Birkbeck, University of London & online (Saturday 11th December 2021)
  • Online (Saturday 15th January 2022).
  • £80

To find out more about our other Pathways Plus courses, visit our Pathways website.

Pathways Plus is a series of Masterclasses and Short Courses for all aspiring illustrators, delivered by award-winning illustrators and highly-experienced children's book publishers. The courses provide an amazing opportunity to learn how to illustrate children's books from the best in the industry as well as giving participants a real insight into the world of children's publishing.

Pathways Plus courses can be taken as one-offs or as a package and have been developed by the same team who created Pathways Into Children's Publishing, a unique, highly-acclaimed two-year professional training programme for aspiring and emerging illustrators.

All Pathways Plus courses involve:

  • professional advice
  • shared insights and experiences
  • practical tasks
  • creative guidance
  • resource-sharing
  • interaction with tutors and participants
  • critical feedback
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