Drawing Kids in Action
A live workshop with illustrator Tracy Bishop
Part of the Drawing Children for Children's Book Illustrations series
Tracy Bishop is the illustrator of the illustrator of the Pipsie, Nature Detective series of books by Rick DeDonato (Two Lions Press), the Dance Divas series of chapter books by Sheryl Berk (Bloomsbury), Butterfly Wishes series of chapter books by Jennifer Castle and many other books by trade and educational publishers.
Her most recently published work is the picture book Snowball Moon written by Fran Cannon Slayton (Little Bee Books.)
Tracy graduated with a BFA from San Jose State University, concentrating in the animation/illustration program.
Early in her career she turned down a job offer as an animator, because she did not want to move from her home of San Jose, to Los Angeles. Instead she worked as a designer for Gymboree and the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose before turning full-time to children's book illustration.
She grew up (from ages 5 to 13) on a U.S. Army base in Japan. "As a kid I I LOVED reading lots of Japanese manga instead of English books. This became a problem at school when my Japanese became better than my English," she says.
She works in San Jose and includes among her daily inspirations her son, husband and a hairy dog named Harry.
As Tracy explains in the above video, your assignment for Wednesday, February 28 is to "draw three or more kids in motion in a scene together."
The kids can be human or animal, but interacting with each other, she says
In the class, Tracy will pick 10 pieces from the group to speak to while she shares her own best secrets about drawing and painting children for the children's trade and educational publishing industries.
February's workshop is the fourth live session in the Drawing Children for Children's Book Illustration series. Registration gives you access to the replays of three previous workshops with illustrators Cindy Wider, Shirley Ng-Benitez, Patrice Barton, and the remaining workshops in the series, with Tracy (February 28), children's book agent Christy Tugeau Ewers (March 22) illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal (April 25) and author-illustrator Mark Mitchell (May 30.)
Whether you're already registered for the series or just now for Tracy's live class, you'll receive details on where and how to upload your sketches and participate in hers and the future sessions.
Group critiques are 'perfect practice'
They tell you...
What isn't working
When to push harder
When to just stop
And help you to...
Get a fresh perspective
Our guest critiquers – illustrators, author-illustrators, children’s literary agents, art directors, sometimes an editor – examine your artwork in a spirit of teaching and mentoring.
Think like a pro
Watch up close and personal how full-time creatives evaluate and troubleshoot their own and others’ pieces.
That upcoming SCBWI conference, promotional mailing, portfolio prep, online gallery posting, or sit-down with a client.
And nudge you to...
Sharpen your powers of discernment
Reinforce bedrock principles of draftsmanship, design and communication. (Funny how critiques bring you back to those.)
Meet your tribe
Expert practitioners and your colleagues who share their What I Wish I Knew Then stories and become your contacts in ‘the biz.’ (It’s called networking.)
Get better at... getting better
Critiques with practice dramatically speed your progress as you learn to wisely navigate the hierarchy of feedback – what’s valid for you now vs. what can be set aside.
A bolt of art school in the comfort and convenience of home!
Secure your spot at the table with these fine artist-teachers while they're available to you in this highly affordable workshop series.
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Six sessions. Six months. If you find your first experience of a session not helpful or just not your cup of tea, let me know. I’ll refund you same day, no questions asked, no worries, and we’re still friends. – Mark Mitchell