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Sarah Davis


Presenter Info

Sarah Davis is a multiple award-winning illustrator, and art director for Walker Books Australia. She won the CBCA Crichton Illustration Award for her first picture book, Mending Lucille, in 2009, and since then has gone on to illustrate more than 40 titles, in a range of styles and genres. She has an Honours degree in literature, and her love of language and narrative underpins her illustration work. She works across a range of media and with each project she experiments with new ways to construct visual narratives. Sarah works with many major publishing houses and commercial clients across Australia, New Zealand, the USA and the UK. An experienced presenter with a teaching background, she regularly speaks at schools, festivals and universities throughout Australia and internationally. Sarah is also proud to be an ambassador for Room to Read, and the Illustrator Coordinator for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (Australia East/NZ).

Presentation Info

Character design workshop: Cuddly… or creepy?
Summary: How to draw characters that will make people want to give them a big smooshy hug – or flee in terror!
Using her forthcoming book as a model, Sarah will teach students how to use the basic principles of character design to create their own characters with real personality.


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