Welcome to class,
I'm Romica Spiegl-Jones, an Austrian illustrator and designer based in Manchester (UK). The aim of this class is to show you my process and help you to get ideas for your own picture book spread. Double page spreads are an integral part of any children's book portfolio pitch. Initially intended only for my youtube-channel, I adapted the videos and added prompts to benefit the Arbington community of aspiring children's book illustrators.
How does it work?
After showing you my tools, planning process, and a speed drawing, I will give you prompts to create your own story and double page spread. The real work starts with your project. By following the steps outlined in the Class Project you will create a finished double page spread for your portfolio from idea to finish.
Skill level: Intermediate
Skills needed: Composition, Character Development, Storytelling
How can I get the most out of this class?
As with anything in life: the more you put into this, the more you will get out of it. If you are looking for a quick fix and videos doing the work for you, this class is not what you are looking for. However, if you believe in hard work, learning, and continuous development, this class is a great starting point for your career as children's book illustrator.
I believe in you and really look forward to seeing your ideas,
Now that you picked a prompt for each of the sections let's get started.
These steps will take time, so come back and update your project each time you made a step forward. You will only make progress towards your dreams if you do the work, so do the work :)
PS: Leave as little or as much time between these steps as you need. Sometimes I'm in a flow and get a lot done, but most often it takes hours or several days between idea and final image. Be gentle with yourself. With passion and hard work you will get there :)
Invest into your career. Take care of yourself. And know that you are unique and only you can contribute this uniqueness to the world.
lots of love,
Romica Spiegl-Jones is a passionate creative business owner, illustrator, and designer based in Manchester. She loves to create things that stay in people's minds, hearts and homes. She believes that design can help to make this world a better place and that there's beauty in the small things.View full profile