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Meet the illustrators!

Illustrators Ann James, Kevin Burgemeestre and Craig Smith tell us about the artists, illustrators, cartoonists and art styles that influence them.

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Sally Rippin on authors and illustrators

Watch this clip to find out about the relationship between authors and illustrators. What role does the publisher play in this relationship? What does Sally Rippin say about the role of illustrations in books for young children?

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Starting a picture with Craig Smith

What do you need to start an illustration? Artist Craig Smith shows you how he begins a new picture.

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Ann James reflects on her picture

Illustrator Ann James talks about the artworks she made during the day. How do you make a picture with oil pastels, paint and mud?

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3D jungle artworks with Kevin Burgemeestre

How can you make a 3D artwork with pastels, torn paper and clay? Illustrator Kevin Burgemeestre shows you how to make a picture with different textures.

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Kevin Burgemeestre's art advice

Top tips and advice on making your own artworks from illustrator Kevin Burgemeestre.

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Craig Smith on becoming an artist

Illustrator Craig Smith tells us how he got started as an artist.

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Illustration style with Ann James

Children's book illustrator Ann James looks at the different styles of art she creates for different books.

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Ann James becoming an illustrator

Ann James tells us about how she got started as a children's book illustrator.

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Making illustrations with Craig Smith

Illustrator Craig Smith discusses the ideas and thinking that goes into an illustration. He demonstrates crosshatching with pen and ink.

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Making art with Kevin Burgemeestre

Artist Kevin Burgemeestre introduces illustrating using layers like a puppet theatre. What do you need to start making your own 3D pictures?

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Playing with art materials

Illustrator Ann James plays with different art materials. She smudges oil pastels and dreams up ideas for pictures using the word 'pounce'.

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Ann James painting and drawing

Children's book illustrator Ann James looks at the different artworks she made for the word 'pounce'.

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Creating character 'trade marks'

Leigh Hobbs says that his character Old Tom's black eye, fish bone and comb are visual devices - Tom's trade marks. What do you think he means by this? Can you think of other fictional characters with trade marks or something that encapsulates who they are?

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Writing what you know with Leigh Hobbs

When you write a story, do you sometimes base characters, events or settings on your own experiences? Leigh Hobbs, author and illustrator of The Big Book of Old Tom, claims there's always a little bit of himself in everything he writes. Is this true for you too?

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What words and illustrations convey

Have you ever read a book where the words tell you one thing but the pictures tell you something different? For example, characters in a scary situation might say aloud that they're not scared, but the illustration could show characters who are huddled in a corner. See if you can come up with a short story and an illustration ...

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Graeme Base's first drawings

Children's book creator Graeme Base talks about his early life and how he first started drawing at school.

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Graeme Base loves dragons!

Dragons, fantasy and monsters were a huge influence on children's book creator Graeme Base's early art.

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Thinking about settings with Leigh Hobbs

As Leigh Hobbs says, the great thing about inventing a character is that you also have the power to choose where they live. What's your character's world like? Describe your character at home. Where do they live? And what do they do there? Now choose a completely different location and plonk your character there. Think ...

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Create a graphic novel with Peter Sheehan

Learn how to create a graphic novel with Peter Sheehan. What are some of the things you should consider to create 'magic' in your own story? Now think about some of the techniques you can employ to emphasise your narrative, like composition. Which two composition techniques does Peter Sheehan give as examples that can bring ...