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Illustrator Masterclasses: Art Director’s Brief

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Date(s) - 10/10/2020
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Online - online,

Art Director’s Brief
with Becky Chilcott

Illustration by Arthur Rackham.

Please note that all the places for 2 tier feedback with Becky has been filled!

Bookings will continue but please be aware that they will be for the Zoom Masterclass with Becky Chilcott only.

This year’s Art Director’s Brief is presented to us by Becky Chilcott, well respected freelancer in the publishing sector and guest lecturer with Penguin Random House and Bloomsbury. The brief, Reimagining Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, invites you to take the text as it is or to use it as a starting off point to go ff and develop an idea based on Carroll’s world. The full brief is ready for download below.

The structure is the same as past years, only the first fifteen bookings will be eligible to participate in the two tier process of feedback. However, bookings will remain open for those who wish to attend the online session only. Attending the online session only will be full of information on evolving an illustration concept to publishable images and an opportunity to ask the art director those questions you’ve always wanted to ask!

2 August 2020 – All roughs are due! Submit character development sheets, any character interaction studies you do and up to 3 clean roughs on a double page spread. These will be done in black and white and remember, can be rough as long as they are readable. If you are thinking of a colour theme, include your ideas on that along with an example or examples (no more than three) of any past work shows what a final by you would look like.

A Dropbox link will be provided for you to upload your work to and a group Facebook page for group feedback if you wish to do that and be a place where we can communicate to all of you as a group.

4 September 2020 – All feedback due back to participating illustrators. You will take this feedback and apply it to a final spread to bring to the online Masterclass on the 10 October.

The week before the online Masterclass you will be sent a Zoom link to join the session with.

Click link below to download the pdf brief.


Becky Chilcott, is a well respected freelancers and guest lecturer in the publishing sector.
She worked for Random House (now Penguin Random House) designing children’s fiction and picture books for four years before going freelance in 2007. She has worked with many of the main publishing houses in the UK including Bloomsbury, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Palgrave Macmillan, Egmont and many more.
As part of ongoing work at Penguin Random House, Becky designs the covers and interiors of Jacqueline Wilson’s books and has recently worked on the newest editions of Harry Potter books with Bloomsbury.

You will know her work already as she has designed many of the well-known covers you see on bookshelves and Amazon pages. Becky also voluntarily curates the events programme at the St Bride Library, tucked away down an alley near Fleet Street. The lectures are designed to help promote awareness of the library and the incredible collections it holds, as well as raise much needed funds to keep it running for future generations to enjoy.

She is a graduate in graphic design from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design (now the University for the Creative Arts) and is passionate about book design.

In her spare time, Becky can be found rummaging through second hand book shops, walking up big hills, drinking tea and making print-based inky messes.


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