This summer I'm teaching Picture Book Design in the MFA in Children's Book Writing and Illustrating and Certificate in Children's Book Illustration programs at Hollins University. I've got a great group of students this year - all so talented and dedicated to working hard. It's been an honor to walk them through various exercises, ideas, and experiments. Recently we studied the advantages of working with macquettes.
These are small clay models which can really help when it comes to creating depth, perspective and value studies in one's compositions.
My students really threw themselves into the project:
It also makes critique time an absolute joy for me - like Christmas morning to see what they've all created! Typically, their drawing skills leap in bounds after they've had time working with lighting and taking photos of their macquettes!