Franki Sparke’s Visual Storytelling Course – Week 14/14

Todays lesson was the last in the course.  On one hand it is sad that the course is over as I have thoroughly enjoyed it and could keep continually learning from more courses with Fanki, but on the other hand she has provided us with so much information and skills that it is now down to us […]

Picture Books at Blackheath

Banksia in the snow On Saturday I attended the Picture Books at BlackHeath workshop run by Margaret Hamilton and Dee Huxley.  Margaret, who is an illustrator and retired from owning her own publishing company, MargaretHamiltonBooks, and Dee who is also an illustrator both provided a huge wealth of experience to learn and inspire from. Margaret talked about the author […]

Franki Sparke’s Visual Storytelling Course – Week 13/14

Today we had a change of location, and we visited the Lu Rees Archive at the University of Canberra.   The Lu Rees Archives is home to a large growing collection of the original manuscripts, designs and artwork of childrens picture books.  So as you can imagine this is a very useful resource to have here in […]

Franki Sparke’s Visual Storytelling Course – Week 12/14

It was good to be back to the course after a couple of weeks off due to Public Holidays.  And I could not wait to show my homework – a double page spread portraying a banquet scene in your choice of inspiration from art history – mine was Aboriginal Rock Art. So three weeks ago I chose […]

Franki Sparke’s Visual Storytelling Course – Week 11/14

This week we looked at our observational work, which was carrying/lifting.  Mine were of a mother carrying two children, a delivery man with boxes, and one of our Volunteers at work bringing in breakfast for us, yum yum! The other part of homework was to bring in some research of an artistic genre from art […]

Franki Sparke’s Visual Storytelling Course – Week 10/14

First up was homework.  The observational sketches this week are of people waiting.  I had previously created some sketches of people waiting in the airport before we departed on our North Queensland trip, so I showed these, along with some I created yesterday of people waiting in line for coffee and cake:   The other homework was to […]

Franki Sparke’s Visual Storytelling Course – Week 9/14

The week before in the lesson, we looked at book layout, by having thumbnails of each page displayed in front of you on one larger A3 page, which is also something that publishers look for.  Franki provided us with the story ‘The Poor Old Dog’, with which we were to translate into picture book format deciding what […]

Franki Sparke’s Visual Storytelling Course – Weeks 5 and 6

I thought that I would link these two weeks together.  Firstly because all the work that I did over the last two weeks can be grouped together, and secondly I will unfortunately be missing next week’s session so I will get up to date now, and then restart the next Storytelling blog post when I […]