Calling All Illustrators: Two-Day Event

Illustrator Workshop and Online Studio Tours

  • Receive feedback on your portfolio from major publishers
  • Tour the studios of Shaun Tan, Alison Lester and David Coles 
  • Access special discounts on all your artistic supplies from Eckersley
  • Create a unique promotion for your work
  • Learn how one woman took on the international market and won

We’re delighted to bring this exciting event to all our Illustrator members, both here in Sydney and throughout Australia, filled with practical, hands-on workshops, inspiration and best of all, the opportunity to show your work to major publishers and receive their feedback.


  • Friday 11th October (Sydney)
  • Saturday 12th October (Online)


  • Sydney CBD, ASA, Mountain St, Ultimo, 8 minutes walk from Central Station (Friday only)
  • Around Australia, Virtual access via Zoom videoconferencing (Saturday only)

Full Program:


10am – 6pm

Friday 11 October 2019

10am – 1pm  Promote, Promote, Promote:

How to create a Gif or Video from Your Work for Any Digital Channel

Bonnie Forsyth has many strings to her bow. She’s a highly skilled animator, accomplished illustrator, designer, and director of short films and she will work with you to help you create a unique Gif or video to promote your work. Whatever your speciality, Bonnie will help you make your illustrations shine.

Using Adobe Photoshop, Bonnie will show you how to use simple animation techniques to move existing artwork around, starting with simple designs. All participants will leave the class, not only understanding how simple animation can enhance both digital design and online presence, but also with a completed gif or movie file they can upload to Social Media or their website/blog.

Materials required on the day:

  • Laptop and (if you have one) drawing tablet
  • Familiarity with and an updated version of Adobe Photoshop
  • Existing artwork to use

1pm – 2pm  LUNCH

2 pm – 2.30pm  Exciting New Art Supplies

David Solomans from Eckersleys will present the newest and best art supplies and offer a discount for course members to purchase materials.

2.30pm – 4pm  How to Get Started in the World of Comics and Graphic Novels

Julie Ditrich is the first Australian woman to write for The Phantom. How did she get there? Julie talks about her career path, the definitions of comics and graphic narratives and understanding their formats as well as ways in which illustrators can get a start in comics. She will also talk about work opportunities both in Australia and overseas and why the illustrator who can also write comics is the ultimate creative power player.

4pm – 5pm  Meet the Publishers and Receive Individual Feedback

Sarah Davis from Walker Books; Heather Curdie from Penguin Random House; Anna MacFarlane from Allen & Unwin and Julie Ditrich from Comics Mastermind, will join us to give you all individual feedback on your portfolios.

5pm – 6pm Drinks




10am – 1pm

Saturday 12 October 2019

Online Studio Tours

Join us for a once in a lifetime opportunity to see behind the scenes of the studios of two of Australia’s most iconic illustrators. Hear about how they work, their tips and tricks for overcoming everything from creator’s block, to corralling disparate ideas into a cohesive concept.

10am – 11am  Alison Lester AM

Alison has published over 25 books for children and young adults, was the inaugural Australian Children’s Laureate in 2012-13, has presented talks and workshops around the world, including expeditions to Antarctica, Japan, Italy, Ukraine, Korea, Bali, China and is a CBCA Book of the Year 2019 winner.

11am – 12pm  Shaun Tan TBC

‘Very early concept doodles and scruffy notes in small sketchbooks are an important part of my daily studio practice. For me, drawing is an important way of getting started with creative thinking, not just a means to a finished illustration: a way of overcoming initial ‘artists block’ and avoiding preconceptions about meaning or value. Using my notebooks as an example I will talk about drawing crazy stuff and seeing what happens!’ – Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan is an artist, writer and film-maker based in Melbourne. His illustrated books for both adults and children include The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Rules of Summer, Tales from Outer Suburbia and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival. In 2011 he received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in Sweden, and an Academy Award for his short animated film The Lost Thing.

12pm – 1pm  David Coles

David Coles is the founder and master paint maker at Langridge Artist Colours – one of the world’s most respected makers of artists’ oil paints. He has been involved in the world of colour his whole life, both as a paint maker and lecturer. Over the last 25 years, David has given guest lectures for many of the world’s leading art colleges. In the process, he has helped a generation of artists discover, select, and ultimately master the materials best suited to their artistic intentions. His book, Chromatopia, is a culmination of a life’s work in the field.


Booking Information:

There are three different booking options for the Illustrator Workshop:

Booking Options  Members   Non-Members 
Day One (face-to-face workshop)  $150  $250
Day Two (online studio tours)  $75  $120
Both Days One and Two  $195  $340

ASA, SCBWI and Illustrator Australia members all qualify for the Member rates.


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Any questions? Please email or call 02 9211 1004