Michelle has illustrated 4 published texts for children and young teens. Her first book, ‘how WEIRD is that…’ (by Gyan), was nominated for the Crichton Award for Best New Illustrator, and another release, ‘Let’s Go To Sleep’ (by Margaret Wild), was selected by The Australian Publishers Association and Books Illustrated to participate in an exhibition showcasing Australian Illustrators at the prestigious 2014 Bologna Book Fair. Her most recent book, ‘Fluke’, written by Leslie Gibbes was released in August 2017.
Uses text and verbal cues the students will create creatures/monsters based on myths and legends
Michelle will work with collage as a means for the students to create a creature based on a myth. Students will have a collage resource sheet of various animals and textures from which to construct their interpretation of the creature featured in the myth.
They will then be assisted to create a drawing based on their collage and place it in a setting.
Students will be encouraged to make the creature their own in terms of interpretation and embellishment and also to start developing an imagined life for the creature and to illustrate that, (ie its habitat, diet, likes and dislikes).
This workshop will encourage students to develop a character from a text and introduce them to using collage as both an illustration means in its own right and as a a catalyst for other artworks.
Mythical Creature collage to the description
Drawing/painting a creature based on the collage
And/or using a combination of collage textures and draw features
Placing the creature in a setting.
Note: The duration and complexity of this workshop can be adapted to the age group of the intended students.
This workshop will address translating a set text/narrative into a series of illustrations.
Complexity and length of text can be adapted to the proposed duration of the workshop and the age of the students.
Michelle will take the students/participants through the process of creating a rough, initial visual storyboard, from which they will select at least one rough draft to work up as a final illustration so a set size ratio.
The set text teaches participants the specific requirements of professional illustration where the artwork is invariably working with subject matter which may, at least in part, require them to draw elements/objects they would not consider by choice.
They will also investigate working to a set size across several drawings and having to adjust their compositions/ideas accordingly, taking into account text placement, scale issues and centre lines of double page spreads. We will also address issues of keeping of continuity across a series of drawings
I will also address the importance of the artist bringing their own visual contribution/subtext to the narrative.
Students will be encouraged to work images/illustrations up in their own choice of materials, ie Collage, pen and ink, watercolour, paint, colour pencil or a combination of media.