Module Two: Creating Characters

Module Two: Creating characters

Why is character important?

Zanni talks about why characters are so important in our picture book stories.

password: character

Introduction to character with Anna

Anna shares her process for creating characters and some things to think about throughout this module.

password: character

Handout: Introduction to creating characters

Open the handout to read about our writing goals for this module.

Module Two Handout Introduction To Creating Characters

Handout: Introduction to illustrating characters

Open the handout to read about our illustration goals for this module.

Module Two Handout Introduction To Illustrating Characters

Handout: Illustrating characters

Open the handout to hear more about how Anna illustrates characters.

Module Two Handout Illustrating Characters

Let’s talk about character

Favourite picture book characters

Zanni shares some of her favourite picture book characters.

password: character

Interview with humour writer, Rory H. Mather

Zanni chats with Rory, author of Vlad’s Bad Breath, about what he thinks makes a great character.

password: rory

Task: Character study

Open the handout to complete the character study.

Module Two Task Character Study

Creating strong characters

Strong, motivated, active characters

Zanni talks about how to create strong characters with agency.

password: character

Creating characters with Anna

Anna guides you through how she creates both animal and human characters.

password: character

Interview with celebrated picture book author, Laura Bunting

Zanni chats with prolific picture book author, Laura Bunting, author of Koala’s Don’t Eat Gum Leaves, Liarbird and others about how she creates such identifiable, memorable characters and what makes a great picture book character.

password: laura

Interview with talented rhyming picture book author, Amelia McInerney

Zanni chats with Amelia, author of Who Fed Zed and other wonderful books about how Amelia dreams up her hilarious characters.

password: amelia

Task: Create your own characters

Open the handout to complete the exercise.

Module Two Task Create Characters

Task: Drawing simple faces & inventing characters

Open the handout to learn how to start illustrating characters.

Module Two Task Drawing Simple Faces

Point of view & voice

Creating point of view

Zanni talks about point of view and why it’s important.

password: character

Voice and dialogue

Zanni talks about how we can create strong dialogue and character voice in our stories.

password: character

Task: Point of view

Open the handout to complete the point of view exercise.

Module Two Task Point of View

Task: Voice and dialogue

Open the handout to complete the dialogue exercise.

Module Two Task Dialogue

Develop your character illustrations

Creating your character’s world

Anna guides you through how she creates worlds for her characters.

password: character

Interview with picture book author-illustrator, Katrin Dreiling

Zanni talks to Katrin, author and illustrator of The Perfect Pig, about how she illustrates her characters.

password: katrin

Task: Add something special

Open the handout to complete this illustration exercise.

Module Two Task Add Something Special

Task: Creating an environment for your characters

Open the handout to learn about how to illustrate an environment for your characters.

Module Two Task Creating An Environment Or Home For Your Characters

Task: Your character in movement

Open the handout to learn how to illustrate your character in movement.

Module Two Task Your Character In Movement

Give your character feeling

Creating feeling

Zanni talks about giving your character a feeling and helping your readers connect.

password: character

Task: Create feeling

Open the handout to complete the writing exercise.

Module Two Task Create Feeling

Handout: Character transformation

Open the handout to learn about why character transformation is important.

Module Two Handout Character Transformation

Module Two Assignments

Due the last Friday of March.

Writing Assignment: Write your character into a scene

Open the handout to read about your writing assignment for module two.

Module Two Assignment Write Your Character Into A Scene

Illustration Assignment: Illustrate a character

Open the handout to read about your illustration assignment for module two.

Module Two Assignment Illustrate A Character

Congratulations! You have completed Module Two: Creating Characters. Please proceed to Module Three: Plot, Storyline & Exploring Perspectives.