Drawing for a Living

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If you are an aspiring illustrator and but want to break into the exciting business of freelance illustration, this course is for you!

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If you are an aspiring illustrator, or someone who already illustrates but wants to break into the exciting business of freelance illustration, this fun and interactive course is designed for you. Unlike other instructional courses on this subject, here you will hang out with an internationally published illustrator who will share her tools, tips and trade secrets to not just survive but enjoy life as a freelance illustrator.

The facilitator will take you on a step-by- step tour of her work process; how she conceptualises, designs and promotes her work. You will get hands-on experience to begin a pilot project of your own.


Through these seven interactive steps, participants will be ready to walk the ropes of a productive freelance illustration career:

  • Where to start?
  • Setting short-term goals
  • Staying motivated
  • Are you shy to share?
  • How to stand out?
  • Finding Patrons
  • Pitching your ideas

This workshop is suitable for aspiring and emerging illustrators.

This programme will be conducted via the Zoom platform. Participants do not need a Zoom account to take part in the workshop.

Kinokuniya members can enjoy 10% off the workshop fee for this programme. Please contact programmes@bookcouncil.sg for the discount code before online registration.

For enquiries, please email programmes@bookcouncil.sg


Debasmita Dasgupta is a Singapore-based, internationally published, Kirkus Best Prize nominated illustrator and graphic novelist. With over a decade-long career in the field of publishing, she enjoys drawing both fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. She has illustrated over 20 picture books, comics and poems. Widely known as an art-for-change advocate, Debasmita tells stories of changemakers from around the world partnering with global non-profits. Her art is exhibited across the globe and more than 40 international media outlets have featured it. Her debut independent graphic novel, NADYA, published by Scholastic is critically acclaimed in many countries. She is currently working on three more picture books including one with Harper Collins.


The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to 5 working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Those who did not turn up at the workshop will not receive a refund.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation and withdrawal policy and accept the terms contained therein.

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