For Illustrators

Illustration Masterclasses for 2018

10 March 2018  David McDougall, art director, Harper Collins, talking to us about what kind of portfolio gets you commissioned!

12 May 2018  Writing for Illustrators!

9 June 2018  Portfolio Intensive.

6 October 2018  Art Director Brief.

Watch for further descriptions and booking for these Masterclasses.






Above: Illustrations by our fabulous guests and SCBWI supporters (left to right):  Tim Hopgood,  Pam Smy, Leigh Hodgkinson.


Huge congratulations to those of you whose work was selected to be in

our first ever

SCBWI BI Biennial Illustration Exhibition


in the fabulous new space of the 

Half Moon Theatre Gallery


Showing some of the best in children’s book illustration, 

Pictures at Play is open to the public

from 6 September – 21 December 

(Monday to Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4.30pm)


Thank you to all SCBWI illustrator members for submitting over 140 illustrations to our juried illustration competition! 

It was a hard task to select from such a high standard of sequential art, from both published and unpublished members, in a wide range of children’s genres. So a big thank you to our publishing industry for all their work!





Past news

The Pictures At Play Grand Launch Party and Talk took place on on 28 September, 2017 at the Half Moon Theatre, London. Exhibitors’ books and prints were (and continue to be!) available for sale with some proceeds going to War Child. In the theatre our brilliant guest artists and publishers took part in a panel talk hosted by Bridget Marzo, discussing the different ways they collaborate to make great books.  

Read more about artist events at the Gallery, our guest illustrators and judges, the launch  & talk and see a glimpse of the exhibits  HERE.


The Art of Sequential Storytelling, Art Directors Brief with David McDougall, art director Harper Collins Children’s Books, took place on 7 October 2017, with an in depth critique following a pre-event brief to design three to five sequential illustration spreads.


Illustrating in Black and White, Undiscovered Voices Illustration Competiton Preparation Masterclass with Anne-Marie Perks and Loretta Schauer and Patrick Miller happened on the 6 May 2017 at the House of Illustration. Thank you to all of you who turned up at 9 am to talk about a few fundamentals of illustrating in visual storytelling and the huge range of technique in black and white illustration. The team is looking forward to lots of amazing submissions!

SCBWI British Isles Illustrators’ Newsletter

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