John Shelley Illustrators Workshop

A SCBWI Day with John Shelley
For aspiring and published illustrators or anyone who's interested in the creation
of children's books!

Here's what you can expect from John Shelley's llustrators Workshop
on Saturday, 2007 May 26!

John Shelley is a Tokyo-based British illustrator who has published children's books in Europe, Japan and the U.S. He will conduct a one-day illustrators workshop from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, 2007 May 26 at the British Council, 10/F Taipan Place, Emerald Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig. The workshop is hosted by the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, in partnership with the British Council.

Session 1 - Using a slideshow, John will talk about his background in the UK and run through a few examples of the major artists who influenced him, from Rowlandson in the 18th Century to Errol leCain in the 1980's. Rather than a complete history of British children's illustration, John will focus on those artists that have affected his personal development. He will add a general time-scale of things so those unfamiliar with British children's books will understand the key figures.

Session 2 - John will talk about his progression after graduating, why he moved to Japan, his own books and methods. He will show some progressions from sketches to finals, a number of spreads from his books, and end with Questions & Answers.

Session 3 - John will run a character/story development workshop. Everyone is requested to bring paper and drawing materials. For those who don't have any, paper and pencils will be provided. John will assign a progression of random topics to the participants – a creature, a scene, an object and a time period. Participants will work these into a storyboarded plot during the afternoon. While everyone is doing this, John will run through some of the elements that make a successful picture book.

Session 4 - Wrap-up. Whatever time is left, John is open to critiquing portfolios, more Questions & Answers, etc.

Limited slots, first come first served.

To register, contact :

Beaulah Taguiwalo, SCBWI Regional Advisor
0917-787-4956 or

Dominique Torres (Nikki), SCBWI Asst. Regional Advisor
0917-667-1267 or

Liza Flores, Ang INK


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