How to illustrate a children’s book

Learn how to create your own picture stories together with Goldilocks and the three bears!

About this course

On this course we'll learn about the process of creating your own children’s book and sketching dynamic characters for your story. I'll be taking inspiration from the fairytale Goldilocks and the three bears, and I'll show you how to research the right story for your book, and how to compose, color and storyboard your book from the planning stage to concept stage.

Children’s books are a unique genre in that they require not only expert storytelling and illustration skills, but also a keen focus on the audience before the story is even crafted. In other words, who will be reading it?

 I will show you how to compose a story depending on your target age group. Younger children understand simpler shapes better and older children need fewer pictures per page – I will go in depth on how to go about researching this.

And finally, once we have finished with the research and planning, we'll create some interesting characters inspired from your story and sketch an accompanying expression sheet for each character for you to use as reference during your story book creation process.

What project are we going to develop?

On this course we focus on creating the foundation for a children’s book, taking inspiration from Goldilocks and the three bears. I'll take you through research and planning, composing and storyboarding the pages of your book. I will also focus on character development and character expressions.

You'll learn:

  • How to research books to illustrate your own children’s book
  • How to plan out your book using storyboards
  • How to illustrate each page with simple shapes and colours
  • How to create characters that fit into your children’s book universe

Who’s this course for?

This course is for intermediate-level Photoshop users that have a good knowledge of the tools and functions, and a basic knowledge of drawing and illustration.


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Wacom Cintiq or any drawing tablet
  • Pen Pressure sensitivity

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The author

Sarita Kolhatkar
Sarita KolhatkarTeacher

Sarita Kolhatkar is a concept artist and illustrator that has worked with such game studios as ArenaNet and Imaginary Games and with companies like Lufthansa Airlines, Mars Chocolates and many others. She has a BFA in Animation and Illustration, and over 4 years experience in the game industry. Her game experience also includes triple-A titles like Guild Wars 2 and mobile games like Afterland and Spooky Treats. She loves creating imaginative characters and environments and shares her knowledge and techniques through tutorials.

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