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Becoming A Successful Illustrator

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24th April 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm


Even for talented illustrators breaking into the world of freelance practice can be daunting.

In an exclusive evening masterclass for Writers & Artists, Derek Brazell and Jo Davies highlight many of the practical steps illustrators can take to make sure they are producing the right kind of imagery that will get them seen by potential commissioners. Attendees will also have the unique opportunity to receive direct feedback and advice on their work.

The agenda for the evening will see Derek and Jo focus on how you can become more confident in developing your folio of illustration work; give advice on approaching potential clients; and offer guidance on how to make your promotion work for you. Tackling each of these elements will give all attendees the best possible chance of becoming a successful illustrator.

Derek and Jo will discuss key aspects of what is required to find potential clients, sharing essential information that will give you direction, whether you are developing your folio of work or hoping to give your career a push. They will also bring a practical element to the masterclass by working through relevant exercises from their book, Becoming A Successful Illustrator, and focus on what is required for practice within various areas of illustration, such as children’s books, publishing, greetings cards, design and advertising.

If you would like to be considered for a folio or website review during the evening please email and use the subject line 'Illustrator masterclass'. Your documents need to be with us at least two weeks before the event. Both Derek and Jo are happy to answer questions relevant to your own practice if time allows.


Derek Brazell and Jo Davies have worked together for more than 20 years, and are well known internationally for the series of books on illustration they have co- authored. As well as Becoming A Successful Illustrator their titles include Making Illustration and Understanding Illustration, all of which are published by Bloomsbury in the USA and UK.

Derek and Jo met through being board members of the Association of Illustrators where Derek now works as Project Manager and publisher of Varoom magazine, and where Jo continues to contribute as an ethics advisor. In addition to gaining a depth of insight into the profession through this involvement both Derek and Jo have practiced as illustrators having between them successful children’s books as well as first-hand experience in advertising, publishing, editorial illustration, greetings cards and design. Jo is in the process of being honoured as Visiting Professor of Illustration at the University of Plymouth.

Event Details

The event will be held at Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP. Doors will open at 6pm, with refreshments provided upon arrival. Your workshop begins at 6.30pm prompt, finishing at 8.30pm.

Booking & Payment

The price for this event is £25, including refreshments upon arrival.

Bookings can be made by either clicking on the 'Book' buttons at the top and bottom of this page, or by calling 0207 631 5985.

Price inclusive of standard VAT.