Welcome Craig Orback and Children's Book Illustration!

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I am thrilled to welcome Craig Orback as our newest instructor at Cloud 9! Craig will be offering several workshops on the art of children’s book illustration.

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Amongst many books Craig has illustrated, we are excited to share the cover for his upcoming picture book biography on Peanuts creator Charles Schulz. The book is published by Christy Ottaviano/Henry Holt Books/Macmillan and will be released on September 19th, 2019! Four years in the making and a true labor of love. (You can preorder it here- https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250173737)

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We are so proud to have Craig join us at Cloud 9. His first workshop, Children’s Book Illustration, starts on April 13 and there is still time for you to join him.

CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATION

Saturdays 2pm - 5pm
April 13, 27, May 11, 25 & June 8

$240

Are you interested in the art of drawing for children's books? In this class you can work on your own picture book project by creating a dummy book to send to a publisher or agent for possible publication and or as a gift to family and friends. You can illustrate your own story for kids or choose an existing folktale or favorite story.

Also you have the option of creating new portfolio pieces for the children's book market. The bonus with this class is each week Craig will be available for one online feedback session when you scan or photograph your work and email it to him.

This is a ten week workshop. Class is held at Cloud 9 every other week (on the dates listed above). The alternate weeks the course is online.

Student feedback is also encouraged!

Email Craig to register at craig@craigorback.com

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In Craig’s own words:

I am a freelance children’s book illustrator living near beautiful green Seattle. My early years were spent on the Central Coast of California in a little town called Los Osos. I did art for fun and enjoyed life in a coastal California paradise. 

My college career began at Cuesta Community College in San Luis Obispo, CA where I received an A.A. degree in 2D Design; then I made the big move in 1994 to Seattle to attend Cornish College of the Arts. I graduated with a B.F.A. degree in illustration in 1998 and promptly began my carrer as an illustrator. I followed my childhood love of illustrated stories and history and in 2001 received my first children’s book job “Nathan Hale: Patriot Spy”. Since then I have illustrated 22 children’s books while also working on projects for children’s magazines, school text books, readers, a graphic novel and other avenues. 

For my books I often work in oil on illustration board, but I also use acrylic, watercolor, gouache, pastel, pen and ink, and the computer, sometimes all for one book as I did for the picture book “Natures Paintbox: A Seasonal Gallery of Art and Verse”. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of illustrated books and painting with students at various local colleges. In my freetime, I create art for myself and enjoy travel, hiking, movies, and sharing my books with children.

I hope you enjoy my work and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Charlene Freeman