Children's Book Portfolio Assignment: Plan, Sketch, and Create a Double Page Spread

sharing my tools, process, and prompts to get you started

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Hi, I'm Romica Spiegl-Jones, an Austrian illustrator and designer based in Manchester (UK) and I love thinking up stories for children's books.

The aim of this class is to show you my process and help you to get ideas for your own picture book spread. Double page spreads are an integral part of any children's book portfolio pitch. Initially intended only for my youtube-channel, I adapted the videos and added prompts to benefit aspiring children's book illustrators.

What you get

  • self-paced online course to take whenever you have time
  • approx 28 minutes of video content
  • including prompts to get you started on your own story
  • and a to-do list for your project to create your own double page spread
  • BONUS: reference list with my personal recommended resources for brushing up your skills needed for this class

How does it work?

After showing you my tools, planning process, and a speed drawing, I will give you prompts to create your own story and double page spread. The real work starts with your project. By following the steps outlined in the Class Project you will create a finished double page spread for your portfolio from idea to finish.

This class is self-paced, meaning you can take it at your own time. You will not be able to interact with me, however you can share your work on social media with #picturebookprompts and tag @romica_s on Instagram if you'd like me to see it and maybe say hello.

Skill level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Composition, Character Development, Storytelling

I'll share a resource document with recommended resources for brushing up your skills in the class. However, I will not cover these skills. Please note these resources are external and not free but really good value for money.

How can I get the most out of this class?

As with anything in life: the more you put into this, the more you will get out of it. If you are looking for a quick fix and videos doing the work for you, this class is not what you are looking for. However, if you believe in hard work, learning, and continuous development, this class is a great starting point for your career as children's book illustrator.

I believe in you and hope you will enjoy this class,

Stay joyful,


Your Instructor

Romica Spiegl-Jones
Romica Spiegl-Jones

Passionate illustrator, designer and online instructor. Romica finally had the guts to do what she loves, changed career path towards the creative industries and never looked back. She wants to encourage other creative minds to develop their courage and creative skills and live a happy and creative life.


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
If you purchase a single course, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as it remains on the platform! When we make changes to the course content, you will receive those changes as well! However, If there is a chance of discontinuation of the course, the content will be made available for download for you to keep for your personal use.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Can I use any medium I like?
Yes, you can use any medium you like for this course. However, the videos will only show Romica's process with coloured pencils.

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