Storytelling Through Drawing: Discovering Your Visual Voice and Style 2019

  • Highlights Foundation Highlights Foundation
  • Pocono Mountains Municipal, Coolbaugh Township, PA, USA
  • Oct 17 - 20, 2019 (4 days)
  • $999.00 - Program Price

About This Event


Explore the elements of storytelling through drawing, experimentation, and problem solving with picture making materials. Craft your own artistic style with leading industry professionals illustrators James Ransome, Anna Raff and their special guests during an intensive weekend of one-to-one critique and discovery to expand your illustration practice.

What You’ll Learn

This workshop offers:

Portfolio critiques with illustrators and an art director.

Workshops to expand narrative storytelling in your pictures.

Strategies for color, composition, and drawing to communicate visual ideas.

New digital and traditional techniques to strengthen your illustration.

Activities to refresh and deepen drawing fundamentals.

Opportunities for networking and creative collaboration.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is for beginning, intermediate, and advanced illustrators who would like to push their work to the next level, revitalize their portfolio, and/or find a more individual artistic voice.

If you have taken one of these other workshops, you may find this course of special interest: Picture Book Illustration: From Conception to Birth; Illustration Intensive; Crafting a Picture Book Dummy; Color, Light, Line & Texture; Getting to Know Your Picture Book; Carving Out Your Picture Book for Submission; Creating Picture Books; Super Children’s Book Boot Camp.


The weekend will consist of a series of intimate workshops with James, Anna, and their invited illustrator guests, Jerry Pinkney, Sean Qualls and art director Lucy Ruth Cummins.

Storytelling with a single image and a sequence of images.

Drawing, composition, and color workshop from life.

Experimenting with traditional and non-traditional techniques.

Expanding an arsenal of image-making solutions.

Reworking a piece with new materials.

Troubleshooting through artistic stumbling blocks.

Faculty presentations.

One-to-one critique with Simon & Schuster art director Lucy Ruth Cummins.


James Ransome’s website

Anna Raff’s website

James Ransome interview

Jerry Pinkney’s website

Sean Qualls’ website

Lucy Ruth Cummins’s website

James Ransome: Working with Watercolor

James Ransome: Building a Drawing

James Ransome: KidLitTV

Let’s Get Busy Podcast: Interview with Anna Raff and Charise Harper

Seven Impossible Things Interview with Anna Raff

Drawing with Jerry Pinkney

Sean Qualls and Selina Alko: Live Drawing with NYTimes

Interview with Lucy Ruth Cummins

Breaking Through Those Creative Blocks, Anna Raff

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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