Illustration: Planning your children's book storyboard

Illustration: Planning your children's book storyboard

Whether you learned how to illustrate children's books with Sarita or not, now you can take your illustrations to the next level by planning your own storyboard!

About this course

On this course we'll learn about the storyboarding process for creating your own children’s book. I'll be taking inspiration from the fairytale Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and I will show your how to set the pace of your story, design and layout each page using big shapes as well as rough, loose sketches.

When deciding to illustrate your own storybook, artists must take the time to create a storyboard. By dividing the story across the pages, you’ll get a better understanding of the flow and pace of your book, and you’ll see more clearly just how your story is going to look before it is in a book format. It can be a quite overwhelming, so this course is ideal for helping you plan out your story clearly.

What project are we going to develop?

On this course, we focus on planning our pages and creating storyboards. We'll also research, study and breakdown professional storyboards both from film and comic books. I'll explain how to compose your illustrations clearly, and I'll teach you about negative space, point of view compositions, visual pacing and focal points.

You'll learn

  • How to sketch storyboards for your own children’s book
  • How to plan and compose illustrations
  • How to work with simple shapes with making storyboards
  • How to create sketches using those simple shapes as a foundation

Who is 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 20m 5 lessons 156 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.

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