Course Description

A Picture Book Illustration & Writing Beginners to Intermediate Workshop (April 19th -23rd)

The Illustori Academy of Picture Book Making

Beginners to Intermediate Picture Book course in 2021!

Whether you are a complete beginner, have some experience in visual arts or children’s literature, or have a picture book idea or work in progress that you need help with, The Illustori Academy has an illustration course to suit your needs. If you prefer a one-to-one coaching approach, then you can book by the hour at a time to suit your schedule.
The Illustration courses have been designed and delivered by Adrienne Geoghegan and initially classroom-based, but now all online since the Covid-19 pandemic. They were designed for aspiring, emerging, or lapsed illustrators and picture bookmakers.
They are also suitable for those who work in the areas of graphic design, animation, or fine art who wish to expand their skill set. Illustrators looking to tailor their portfolio to target children’s book agents and publishers will also benefit.  Participants will have a greater understanding of the current marketplace for children’s picture books.  In addition, the ability to create layouts, character development, storyboards, and texts will enhance your current skillsets, as well as developing new portfolio pieces along with the first draft of a picture book. Taught by published artist, and writer Adrienne Geoghegan.

A taste of what we cover in no particular order…

  • Examine the Works of Contemporary Illustrators
  • Discuss Techniques, Materials and Styles
  • Materials: an Overview of What Works Best
  • The Practice of Keeping Sketchbooks
  • Character Development Exercises
  • How to Write in Pictures
  • Brainstorming Exercises
  • Rhyme vs Prose
  • Picture Book Page Layout
  • Editing Your Work
  • Story Structure & Story Diagram
  • Poetic Devices
  • Page Turning Explained
  • What Editors Look For


  • Thumbnails – Visual Continuity and the Sequential Image
  • Drawing from Reference & Stylising Characters
  • Knowing What to Illustrate in the Text
  • What Shape Book: Square, Landscape or Portrait?
  • Tuning into Dialogue and Voice
  • Choosing the Right Language and Vocabulary
  • Common Traps Writers Fall Into and Advice on How to Avoid Them.
  • Starting Your First Draft
  • Picture Book Manuscript Formatting
  • Critical Checkpoints
  • Storyboarding to Enable You to Pace Your Story
  • Developing Consistency in Your Characters
  • Your Picture Book Proposal
  • Create a Colour Palette for Your Book


If you are unsure which option would best suit your needs: one to one coaching and mentoring, beginners to intermediate or follow-on advance, check out ‘CLASSES’ in the menu on the home page. If you are still unsure, just send an email to Adrienne and rest assured, she will help you to decide upon your best option.

You can follow Adrienne on right here.


College Name The Illustori Academy of Picture Book Making
Course Category Arts, Crafts & Hobbies, Illustration
Course Type Online Learning
Course Location Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 7
Course Start Date 19th April 2021
Course End Date 23rd April 2021
Course Fee 150
Course Duration 5 evenings
Course Times 7 pm to 9 pm
Entry Requirements Beginners to advanced - suitable for all levels and those with a love of children's literature and picture book
Career Path Picture Book writer or illustrator.
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The Illustori Academy of Picture Book Making

Adrienne Geoghegan The iLLUSTORi Academy 4 Provost Row Palatine Square, Dublin, Ireland

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Comments, Questions & Reviews

  1. Insightful, fun & practical
    Eva Plazewska 15th April 2021 at 10:29 am

    I’m so happy I was finally able to attend this course. It helped me immensely in creating a first draft of a picture-book story that had been drifting about my head for years! Adrienne has reams of knowledge and experience, which she shares in a straightforward and easily understood fashion. She offers very practical exercises and provides useful frameworks for creating publishable picture-books. Perhaps best of all, she encourages attendees to carry on supporting one another as they continue developing their books. I can’t recommend this enough to those trying to launch their picture-book concept.

  2. Silver lining
    Charley McMullan 9th May 2021 at 8:09 pm

    Thank you

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