Children's Book Illustration


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.


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-


We are so proud to have Craig Orback teaching at Cloud 9.

Children's Book Illustration I for adults and teenagers 15+

Saturdays 1:30pm -  4pm
July 13 - August 24


Are you interested in the art of drawing for children's books? In this course, you will learn the basic techniques to complete illustrations for young readers. You'll also learn the business side of children's book illustration, including what it takes to get your work seen by the right people, as well as lessons about successful illustrators from the past. 

Craig Orback is an award-winning illustrator of over 15 children's books. 
Prerequisite: Basic drawing skills. 
Out-of-class drawing assignments required.
Supply list will be provided upon registration.

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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.


Charlene Freeman