Picture Book Illustration Workshop

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on September 26, 2010

Picture Book Illustration Workshop

Jennifer Thomas Houdeshell

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 1 – 3, 2010

It’s time to “sing a new song,” or rather draw a new dream.  If you have ever yearned to illustrate children’s picture books, come, take some time for yourself, and translate your dream into action. Join us and begin the journey to make your dream come true.  This a great opportunity to learn more about some of the joys and challenges of the business, to gather ideas, tips and information, to experiment and create a variety of backgrounds, and then to compose and begin on your own   sample double spread illustration which eventually can go on your website and in your portfolio.  The workshop will cover topics such as: publishing  opportunities in a tough economy, developing your style, composition,    e-books and pods, borders and gullies, storyboards and dummies, traditional or digital, royalties vs. lump sums, timelines, scanner bed sizes vs. digital photography, galley proofs, websites, contracts, marketing information, “beyond” the story, artist as writer aspects, questions and answers and more.

In a relaxing, supportive atmosphere you’ll feel refreshed and go home with lots of new ideas and concrete information as well as a composed, partially completed double spread illustration. Dreams plus action can enhance your life and even change the world.  Go for it!

Jennifer Thomas Houdeshell


Jennifer Thomas Houdeshell, a professional full time artist and illustrator, has done commercial work for a variety of companies and churches, private sector commissions, and exhibitions in various galleries and museums. In 2000 she accepted a commission to illustrate Florida Quest, published by WCEU-TV and the News-Journal for Volusia County Schools.  In 2004, Jennifer won a state wide competition for professional illustrators and was hired to illustrate a preschool picture book for United Way.  In 2009, Houdeshell was hired by Guardian Angel Publishing Co. to illustrate Kristen Zajac’s book, Ebeneezer’s Cousin which came on the market in May of 2010 Currently Jennifer is finishing 16 illustrations for Jennifer Bond Reed’s book, I Love You This Much, for GAP and is under contract to do another picture book for Guardian Angel this fall.  She is a member of the Society of Children’s Bookwriters and Illustrators. Her web site is www.zhibit.org/jenniferhoudeshellartist.



Registration Information

For:  Adults    

Tuition: $140 members

$160 non members 


Fri. Oct. 1,  6:30 – 8:30 pm

Sat. Oct. 2, 10 am – 4 pm

Sun. Oct. 3, 10 am—2 pm


Materials list will be provided


Pre-registration required                      

 Last day to register, Sept. 24, 2010

To register: please remit payment and

Registration form to: Museum of Florida Art                                            

600 N. Woodland Blvd.  DeLand, FL 32720

Registration forms are available in the Museum lobby and online at www.MuseumofFloridaArt.org

For more information, please call 386.734.4371 or 386.736.9488

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