Illustration: Design props for children’s book

Illustration: Design props for children’s book

Now you can complete everything you learned with Sarita, illustrating props for your books!

About this course

On this course, I'll show you the step by step process for designing props for your own personal storybook. Using the storyboards and layouts from an earlier course also available on Tutpad, I'll pick certain props and give a demo showing my exploration process and technique to create a universe that my characters will live in. I'll show you how to research images on the internet to enhance your drawings, as well as how to create a finished concept to use as a style guide reference for your book.

What project are we going to develop?

In this video course, I'll focus on concept and style. I'll share my step by step process for painting a fir tree and Bear House from a rough sketch to a finished color concept design. I'll discuss the importance of using reference images during this process, and how to design different trees depending on the target audience and age group. The younger the age, the simpler the shapes.

In this class you'll learn:

  • How to research image references from online
  • How to draw for different age groups
  • How to paint from a rough sketch to a finished design
  • How to paint and explore different styles
  • How to create a reference sheet for you to use during your storybook creation

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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Course Details

Intermediate level 1h 6m 5 lessons 195 users


Adobe Photoshop Adobe Photoshop


Sarita Kolhatkar
Sarita Kolhatkar
Sarita Kolhatkar Teacher

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.

To learn more, visit http://HeartShapedGlasses.ca