Pathways Plus Masterclass: Bringing Characters to Life

Pathways Plus Masterclass: Bringing Characters to Life

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Discover Children's Story Centre

383-387 High Street

London

E15 4QZ

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In this one day masterclass, industry experts will show you how to create appealing and engaging characters for a successful picture book.

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Creating appealing, engaging and authentic characters is essential to making successful picture books. In this one-day masterclass with the award-winning Dapo Adeola (Look Up!) and acclaimed illustrator Chanté Timothy, you’ll explore character case studies, and use practical exercises and group sharing to transform your sketched character concept into a believable character through movement, gesture and interaction, using story to bring them to life.

During this Masterclass, you will learn:

  • How to tell a story through your draft character, focusing on aesthetics, personality, behaviour and overall visual appearance
  • How to use shape to inform the visual language of your character
  • How to apply gestures and expression to outline your character's personality

All you’ll need to bring with you is a sketched character concept (detailed guidance will be provided by the artists when you sign up). During the masterclass, participants will be developing their draft character concepts, working on character design and visual development to produce a finished character. As part of this masterclass, you’ll also receive valuable and critical feedback on your character design.

This masterclass will be delivered in-person. If you are unable to join the session in-person, we are happy to accommodate online attendance for limited numbers. Please email pathways@pop-up.org.uk if you wish to join online once you have purchased your ticket.

After the workshop, every participant will receive a comprehensive resource pack on character design compiled by Dapo Adeola & Chanté Timothy.

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Acclaim for this Masterclass:

‘Dapo and Chanté made the effort to attend to everyone and answer our specific queries…They are incredibly friendly and great tutors’

‘I look forward to learning more from these guys another time! Please run these courses more regularly!’

‘A great experience’

With:

  • Dapo Adeola is an award-winning children’s book illustrator and character designer who creates characters and images that challenge expectations around race and gender in a fun and upbeat way. He is the co-creator and illustrator of the bestselling picture book Look Up!, winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Number 1 debut picture book of 2019. Dapo also runs illustration and character design workshops in and out of schools, to help highlight the importance of representation in popular media and the possibilities of a career in illustration to children from diverse ethnicities.
  • Chanté Timothy is a children’s book illustrator whose work explores movement, expression, and storytelling through her characters. A Pathways alumni who is published in four amazing titles, Hey You! by Dapo Adeola, My Big Mouth by Steven Camden, Happy Here introduced by Sharna Jackson alongside 10 Black British authors and 10 illustrators, and A Black Woman Did That by Malaika Adero. Chanté’s work consists of vibrant imagery focused on different themes of diversity.

Who: All aspiring illustrators, 18 and over, with an interest in children's book illustration and for more experienced artists looking to try something new

When: Sunday 22nd May 2022, from 10am - 5pm BST

Where: Discover Children's Story Centre, 383-387 High St, London E15 4QZ or online if you are unable to attend in-person

  • £90 [early bird, if booked by Sunday 10th April 2022]
  • £110 [after Monday 11th April 2022]

Ticket price includes Eventbrite booking fee. Tickets to this event are non-refundable.

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.

Acclaim for Pathways Plus courses:

'Fun, interactive and insightful'

'The author and illustrator made the effort to attend to everyone and answer our specific queries... they were incredibly friendly and great tutors who are open and honest about what they knew'

'Having that author/illustrator and art director insight was the best thing'

'A great opportunity for networking and exchange of ideas'

All Pathways Plus courses involve:

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

Location

Discover Children's Story Centre

383-387 High Street

London

E15 4QZ

United Kingdom

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