Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, award winning picture book illustrator Nina Rycroft!
Nina spent her early childhood in London, growing up with iconic characters created by the likes of Beatrix Potter as well as the classic Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear.
Later, she worked as a graphic designer in Sydney before turning her hand to illustration.
Her first picture book Little Platypus received a CBCA (Children's Book Council of Australia) Notable Book Award in 2000, and since then, she has gone on to work with the likes of Margaret Wild and Jackie French. She has produced more than a dozen published worldwide picture books including award-winning picture book and stage production Boom Bah! (Phil Cummings), Dinosaurs Love Cheese and Good Dog Hank (Jackie French), Pooka (Carol Chattaway), the 2013 winning YABBA award and Ballroom Bonanza – an animal alphabet picture book she both wrote and illustrated.
Nina moved from Sydney to Auckland in 2010 and bought a home on the edge of a bush reserve in Auckland. In her own words, 'A pole house, so tall, that it looks out across the canopies and the harbour, onto Auckland’s Sky tower ― I’ve always called our home the Tree House.'
So when it came to naming her new venture, ‘the Treehouse’ seemed like the perfect fit!
The Treehouse is an online community where people can share stories, draw, and learn some illustration techniques along the way. Nina offers comprehensive e-courses such as The Tree house Character Development course, which covers all aspects of character development including brainstorming ideas, character design, character mapping, drawing with gesture, animation techniques and anthropomorphism.
Nina is quoted as saying "Picture books have always captured my imagination; I still treasure a collection of books from when I was a child. I love the creative potential of a picture book and the collaboration it requires. I approach my work with fun, laughter and lots of love."
She cites Pat Hutchins, Pamela Allen, Julie Vivas, Stephen Michael King and Bob Graham among the list of names who have influenced her work.
Nina offers tips and tricks via the blog on her website, as well as one-on-one mentoring.
Introduction by Fiona Lloyd
Read Creative Kids Tales' September 2018 interview with Illustrator Nina Rycroft
Here's a link to read more about the 8-week Picture Book Illustration e-Course, starting October 4 – November 22, 2018.
Here is what previous students had to say about the course The Tribe had Spoken
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Here are some of Nina Rycroft's books: