Pop Quiz: What was the profession of Susan Mayers, the popular character played by Teri Hatcher, in the TV show Desperate Housewives?
Answer: Why, a children’s book illustrator of course. In India, this is a little known option for artists, but the German Book Office is determined to help make this a viable profession. The German Book office is a joint venture between the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Foreign Office, Berlin. It is organizing a one-day workshop to help illustrators develop their portfolios and sharpen their understanding of the publishing process and the children’s book market.
Children’s illustration by Pierre Thome
The workshop is open to published and unpublished illustrators and will be taken by three leading illustrators—Ajanta Guha Thakurta, Iben Sandemose and Pierre Thome. Guha Thakurta has illustrated books for Childrens book trust, Puffin India and Ladybird India. Sandemosa is an award winning Norwegian artist and master of imagery. She is the author of a number of best selling children’s books in Scandinavia. Thome is an illustrator and
the head of the illustration department at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
Ajanta Guha Thakurta (left) has illustrated books for Children’s book trust, Puffin India and Ladybird India. Pierre Thome (right) is the head of the illustration department at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
The workshop will cover a wide range of topics—the difference between artists and illustrators, illustrating for different age groups, computer graphics versus hand drawing and telling a story in visuals. Participants would also be taken through the process of presenting work to publishers, networking and what to expect when commissioned for a book illustration project. Participants will be given feedback on their portfolios.
The workshop also has a matchmaking session with children’s book publishers where they can view portfolios and meet the illustrators.
The workshop is from 11 am to 6 pm on Wednesday, 2 September, 2009 at the Pragati Auditorium (Gate no. 4), Pragati Maidan. Registrations are open, seats are allocated on a first come first served basis. A fee of Rs1,500 will be charged. Submit a sample of your work (in pdf form) and resume to Mary Therese Kurkalang at firstname.lastname@example.org