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Introduction to Illustration


Visual Storytelling

with Holly Surplice & Emma Levey
Live Online Course | 10, 11, 13, 14 July 2023

6pm-9pm GMT | 1pm-4pm ET



Would you love to create your own picture book but don't know where to start?

Are you full of story ideas but unsure how to translate them on paper?

Do you want to give your creative confidence a much needed boost?


YES?! Well we've got just the thing for you!  


With over 35years combined experience as picture book author-illustrators, Emma & Holly have teamed up to be the creative cheer-squad you always wanted.


FULL of enthusiasm & knowledge, Emma & Holly have carefully curated a gorgeous Introduction to Illustration & Visual Storytelling to give you the skills & confidence you need to begin your picture booking journey.


"This is the perfect opportunity to get professional insight & advice that is both accessible and fun! We're passionate about our profession & believe that anyone can learn the skills to visually communicate their stories. We've teamed up to share everything you need to feel inspired & able to begin your storytelling journey. We're so excited to lend our expertise to help you generate & nurture your picturebook ideas onto the page."

Holly & Emma.



We wanted to create a streamlined course that we work through together, over four live, online sessions. We are with you in real time, creating a memorable learning experience, inspiring you long after the course finishes.


At the end of this course you will have gained the confidence & skills to discover & visually tell your own stories, in your own way. 

What you can expect:


  • Four delicious LIVE sessions full of Chat, Demonstrations & Activities designed to inform & inspire you to visually communicate your own picturebooks. This is a Live course, we're all in this together!

  • Easy to understand guidance into the process of Planning and Creating a visual story.

  • Live tasks & Q&A's.

  • The opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals.

  • Communicating your ideas through sequential image

  • Tips & Tricks that help Emma & Holly with their processes, passed on to you.

  • Understanding Composition of the page and the book as a whole.

  • Understanding the Modality of your picture book. 

  • Creating, translating & building Mood & Atmosphere in your stories.

  • Two super-friendly, enthusiastic hosts who will help build your knowledge & skills, giving you the confidence in yourself AND your storytelling abilities!

  • Full access to video replays & coursework for an entire year after the event.

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Meet Emma

Emma Levey is an Author, Illustrator & Picturebook maker based in Wales, who, in between making books and raising her toddler Reuben, also lectures in illustration at the University of the West of England. So it perhaps goes without saying that Emma knows picture books inside and out! 

Aside from impeccable taste in feathered friends, Emma's talent for turning creatures into characters & crafting beautiful stories for them is joyful. Her enthusiastic knowledge of the natural world weaves it's way into her illustrations & stories, building believable, heartfelt tales that are a joy to share. 

Years of honing her craft as well as breaking it down to teach, mean Emma is perfectly equipped & practiced in sharing her abundance of practical skills & knowledge.


Meet Holly

Holly Surplice has been writing & illustrating for children as well as teaching since 2021. Equally passionate about both, Holly loves nothing more than encouraging other creatives to explore & ENJOY their own creative process.

Inspired by nature & the animals Holly encounters, her words & pictures explore love & joy in equal measures. Her playful illustrations develop from a passion for observational drawing & sketchbookery. 


Often found with a guinea pig on her shoulder, Holly has a playful approach to both her illustration & teaching processes. With a focus on instilling & building confidents in her students.



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