How to be a Picture Book Author-Illustrator

16 Mar 2024 (Sat) -
23 Mar 2024 (Sat)

$80.00 - $210.00

How to be a Picture Book Author-Illustrator

16 Mar 2024 (Sat) - 23 Mar 2024 (Sat)

Date and Time

16 Mar 2024 : 09:00 - 18:00

23 Mar 2024 : 14:00 - 18:00

Location / Links

Singapore Book Council Training Room, 90 Goodman Road, Goodman Arts Centre, Block E #03-32, Singapore 439053

$80.00 - $210.00

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Event Details

In this fun and refreshing workshop, participants will learn how to produce their own picture books under the guidance of award-winning author-illustrator J.H. Low. The workshop will comprise two sessions: a full day (8 hours) session and a half day (4 hours) session.
In the first session, participants will get to learn the language of the picture book form and the art of storytelling; they will apply their newly acquired knowledge to create original manuscripts and storyboards through a series of engaging discussions and hands-on activities.
In the second session, participants will learn to create their own character designs and illustration techniques that will transform their narratives into a visual spectacle.

Workshop Session 1 (16 March 2024)
-Introduction and icebreaker activity (15 min)
-Segment 1: History of the picture book, its language and potential as an expressive art form (105 min):
Lecture on “What is a picture book?”
Critique on the art and commercial value of the picture book: “Lost in the Gardens” and "Lemonade Sky"
Discussion on "What is a picture book?"
-Break and refreshment (15 min)
-Segment 2: Ways of storytelling: How to tell stories with the picture book (105 min):
Lecture on "Different ways of storytelling"
Hands-on exercise: writing a story differently
Group sharing
-Lunch (60 min)
-Welcome back and book reading (15 min)
-Segment 3: Producing a manuscript (90 min)
Hands-on exercise: writing a children's picture book story
Group sharing
-Break and refreshment (15 min)
-Segment 4 (120 min)
Sharing on "Storyboarding"
Hands-on exercise: create a storyboard base on the story from Segment 3
Group sharing and critique
-Closing and Q&A (15 min)

Workshop Session 2 (23 March 2024)
-Introduction and icebreaker activity (15 min)
-Segment 1: Creating a character design (90 min):
Lecture on “Character design”
Hands-on exercise: create a character design
Group sharing and critique
-Break and refreshment (15 min)
-Segment 2: Illustration techniques (120 min)
Visual observation - elements of art
Explore art media
Create an illustrated character
-Closing and Q&A (15 min)

Course Objectives
-To equip participants' knowledge of the language of the picture book
-To enhance participants' storytelling skills through group discussion and hands-on activities
-To inspire creativity and encourage experimentation with character design and different illustration styles

Learning Outcomes:
-understand the language of the picture book
-learn different ways of storytelling
-produce a manuscript for a children's story
-create a storyboarding for the story
-design your own original characters
-learn various illustration techniques to create interesting art

First Session:
Date: 16 March 2024, Saturday
Time: 9.00 am - 6.00 pm
Venue: SBC Training Room, Goodman Arts Centre,
Blk E, #03-32 (Directions below at FAQ section)

Second Session:
Date: 23 March 2024, Saturday
Time: 2.00 pm - 6.00 pm
Venue: SBC Training Room, Goodman Arts Centre,
Blk E, #03-32 (Directions below at FAQ section)

About trainer:
J.H. Low is an award-winning author-illustrator of picture books. His book Lemonade Sky (2021) is featured in the prestigious White Raven catalogue 2021 and also won him the Hedwig Anuar Children's Book Award 2022. His recent publications include two graphic novels: Mr Goodchild (2021)and The Visitor (2022). Through these two books, J.H. Low explores existential issues with the picture book form and challenges conventional notion that the picture book is only for children’s consumption.
J.H. Low has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, a MA in Children’s Book Illustration, and a PhD in Art.

Admission Rule

-40% concession* rates for students and seniors
-20% off past participants of SBC Academy**
-20% off buddy tickets*
-10% off for Kinokuniya Privilege Card members**
* Discount is automatic (for concession, participants will have to present their student pass or senior citizen card on day of talk for verification purposes).
** Request promo code via email to

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