The Art of Crafting Picture Books.

A no fuss course on the actual process behind creating an awesome Picture Book.


Hi I'm Matt B Lewis

Once upon a time I was where you are now. Only a few short years ago I was pounding the 9 - 5 in a public service job. After 18 years of soul destroying, monotonous keyboard input, I decided to take the plunge and follow my passion for creating fun stories for kids.

Inspired by a story I created for my daughter, I struggled to find the necessary information to turn my story into a well crafted picture book. It took a couple of years of trial and error but I finally accomplished it. That was followed by my second book (for my second child, go figure) and subsequently a contract to illustrate 5 stories and write and illustrate another.

To date I have written and/or illustrated more than 20 childrens books, with many more in the pipeline.

So if you have ever dreamt of creating a beautifully crafted, engaging picture book that kids will love, you are in the right place.

That is why I created these courses, I wanted to help emerging writers and illustrators craft a picture book story in the shortest possible time. To this end I have removed all the technical, jargon or padding information and have only included what I think is the essential information to take you from nothing to a finished manuscript in the shortest possible time.

This course follows how I create engaging stories and illustrations, and includes videos of real life projects I work through.

So what will you learn?

  • What a Picture Book actually is.

  • Where to get ideas that write themselves.

  • How to craft a hero for your story.

  • The 7 Basic Story Plots.

  • How to create the problem and solution for your story.

  • The importance of building your world.

  • The 3 Act structure and how it fits into picture book format.

  • The important elements of good story telling.

  • About the illustrations and how to find and work with an illustrator.

  • Paths to publication including traditional publishers, print on demand and agents.

  • How I actually work through a real life project

  • How to edit your work

  • Essential Print Jargon you need to know.

  • Illustration Mediums

  • How to work with the Picture Book Manuscript.

  • The Art of Thumbnailing

  • The 32 Page Layout and how to work with it.

  • And much more...

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This course includes:
  • 11 hours on-demand video

  • Full lifetime access

  • Downloadable resources

  • Access on mobile and TV

  • Certificate of completion