Monday, 27 April 2015

A New Challenge: On-Line, Illustration Workshop


Fans of the little videos John and I occasionally make for my YouTube channel, will be interested to hear of my latest venture. I confess, I am rather excited myself.



A few Urban Sketchers friends of mine, including the truly outstanding Paul Heaston, and Marc Holmes, have recently signed up to run on-line workshops for a company called Craftsy. Paul and Marc's lessons are excellent, as you would imagine (but if you want to sign up for them, do it via the artists' own websites, as that way they get more commission). 

Craftsy classes are not just in urban sketching though: there are all sorts of things you can learn, including children's book illustration... See where this is going?

Yes, that's right - they have invited me to do a class on illustrating picture books, concentrating specifically on character design and development. Now, I really enjoyed making our studio-based films, but this is the real thing: the film will be shot over a 3 day period in a proper, real-life, film studio. And not just that... it's in the USA! Okay, so now you know why I am excited. 



I have been stealing time where I can over the last week or so, to write down everything I can think of on character creation. It helps that I do a lot of illustration workshops in schools on this theme, as it can be hard sometimes, trying to remember the stuff that you know really well. My next job is to collate these ideas into Craftsy's specific lesson-plan structure. 

Once that's done and has got the OK, I will work with a Content Editor to talk further about the specifics of how we turn those learning points into a filmed workshop (which specific characters I will draw as demos, what practical assignments I will set etc). When that's sorted out, I am assigned a Producer to work with, fine-tuning various practical elements of the project and the logistics of what needs to happen when. Apparently, we'll even be discussing my wardrobe (new dress needed..?)


Then comes the exciting bit: Craftsy are going to fly me out to where they are based, in Denver. I'm booked into the film studio for September 9th - 11th. Another adventure! I am doing rather well on that front just lately.

It's early stages and nothing much will happen for a while, as I have my other commitments to work on first, mainly my Urban Sketching People book, but I'll keep you posted (of course). Once the filming is done, there will be about 6 weeks of post-production editing before it's released. If all goes to plan, it sounds like we should have it ready to go live around the middle to end of October. Watch this space!



11 comments:

Sylvia Morris said...

Ahhh that's so exciting!

Mary Jane Muir said...

Woohoo! This is going to be amazing. Can hardly wait. What a fabulous idea!

Beliza Mendes said...

This is very exciting news!! I'll be looking out for it for sure.

Christine said...

Oh brilliant Lynne!! I can vouch for Craftsy ...I have bought quite a few of their workshops ranging from stitch to drawing and painting ...and even one on gift wrapping. I just know yours will be a success...not only do you have the talent but you have the personality too...good luck and enjoy the trip.

Carol Berry said...

This is great, I've subscribed to both Paul's and Marc's courses, Craftsy is really getting the right teachers! Can't wait until I can subscribe to your class too!

Lynne the Pencil said...

Thanks guys, Yes, I have had a look at some of the other classes and they are really well done, so I think I'm in good hands :-)

Tom Barrett said...

Congrats. Looking forward to it.

Wendy Piersall said...

I have looked for material to study on this exact subject many times in the past, and there's really not much out there at all on character development in this format. I can't wait to see what you do! Consider me "enrolled". :)

Wendy Piersall said...

I have looked for material to study on this exact subject many times in the past, and there's really not much out there at all on character development in this format. I can't wait to see what you do! Consider me "enrolled". :)

Wendy Piersall said...

I have looked for material to study on this exact subject many times in the past, and there's really not much out there at all on character development in this format. I can't wait to see what you do! Consider me "enrolled". :)

Lynne the Pencil said...

That's excellent to hear (on both counts!). Cheers Wendy :-)