Alumni & Testimonials
Our Students Do Great Things!
Many of our Picture Book and Illustration Boot Camp students go on to be published artists and join the ranks of Illustrators Ireland.
What’s amazing is how my student’s work blossoms over the 30 weeks! I love to teach for exactly that reason. The enthusiasm, passion and achievements of my students is simply awe-inspiring. What kind of children’s book would you like to make?
What kind of illustrations inspire you to create your own!?
Each month I will interview one of my alumni, to see how they are getting on ‘post boot camp’. Click the button below to see who this month’s “Artist Of The Month” is.
What our students say
Alison Maccormaic, Fine Artist
“It was a big decision to enrol in Adrienne’s picture book course as I have to make a lengthy bus journey from Galway to Dublin Now course day is my favourite day of the week and I can’t wait for the two and half hours of drawing, writing, discussion and networking. In the first half of the course we were given a comprehensive set of notes, designed week by week, to develop and improve our drawing, writing and confidence. Currently, at around half way through, we all have our own stories written and the process of designing and drawing our book begins. We all have our characters created and story lines developed - all that is left is getting down to bringing our books to life. I am enjoying every week with Adrienne and have a much deeper understanding of the book illustration process and the industry. If you have, like me, day- dreamed for years about writing your own picture book then this 24 week course with Adrienne could turn your plans into reality”. Alison Maccormaic
John Lee, Artist
"I enrolled on Adrienne’s “Picture Book Writing and Illustration” course. Adrienne has developed a solid framework for the course, with goals, exercises etc. set each week – sufficiently challenging and fun to ‘stretch’ without being ‘overwhelming’! That said, participants can – and do – come to the course with often different backgrounds/experience levels… perhaps in writing, illustration or graphics design, or having tinkered with art-as-a-hobby, or indeed with no-formal-experience-in-either-writing-or-illustrating (that was me!). Adrienne has a wealth of very practical experience and skill, and offers guidance, insight and encouragement (the odd nudge when it’s needed) in just the right measures. Each student is free to choose (or indeed, invent) the medium for their main project, and Adrienne somehow manages to keep in the loop in terms where each individual is at, and where they need to ‘get to next’. And it's done with a deceptively light touch that inspires confidence every time. In my book (sorry!), it’s a really worthwhile course for anyone looking to see how they might bring the germ of an idea beyond some early doodles/scratchings and produce something they could, if they wish, submit to a publisher for consideration… And all that with the practical and moral support to help you get there! John Lee
Sheena Dempsey, Artist and Picture Book Maker
“ I really enjoyed the boot camp, it was a brilliant way to start honing my drawing style for an illustration audience rather than a fine art one, the briefs were exciting, fun and interesting and we got lots of handouts on practical information like pointers for picture books and editorial illustration as well as lists of illustrators to research. It was also good to get the feedback of the group. Since doing the boot camp I decided to go on and do a MA in illustration which I'm really enjoying”. Sheena Dempsey, Artist
Michelle Hedberg, Graphic Designer / Illustrator
“This is a brilliant course! I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their drawing skills. I work full-time as a graphic designer but was longing to get away from the computer and start drawing and painting again – something I hadn't done since Art College many years ago. Adrienne is a fantastic teacher; she has introduced us to a vast range of different materials and techniques. The weekly tasks force you to use your imagination and unleash your creativity to its full potential. You are gradually building up a collection of self-promotional illustrative work of a really high professional standard and the end of year exhibition gives you a chance to showcase your work and network with potential clients and the Irish illustration/artist community. I honestly can't believe how much my drawing skills have improved since I started this course and it has helped me create my own personal and unique style. I'm absolutely chuffed!” Michelle Hedberg, Graphic Designer / Illustrator
Alison Watson, Graphic Designer
I joined Adrienne’s class to reignite my creativity, as a graphic
designer my work is entirely on computer and it has been
incredibly refreshing to be challenged to create in so many
mediums, Adrienne has pushed us all individually to explore our
own styles and jump outside our comfort zone, the class is a
supportive creative environment in which to grow at your own
pace, with the guidance of a professional who is generous with
her tips and feedback and wonderfully encouraging. I feel I've
gained a lot of insight into producing professional polished and
individual illustration work and it has also had a really positive
effect on my work as a designer. Big thanks from me I’m loving it!
-Alison Watson, Graphic Designer
Dave McGrath, Illustration Bootcamp 2015-2016
The course covers everything you need to know from that first
thought to print. I would highly recommend it. I had always
loved to draw, having studied graphic design in college, but
had fallen out of practice. I signed up for Adrienne's Illustration
Boot Camp for 2015-2016 and found the variety and open nature
of the course projects and being guided by Adrienne's technical
knowledge, endless creativity and positive approach were exactly
what I needed to get drawing and painting again. I enjoyed the
positive atmosphere of the course so much I signed up for the
Picture Book Boot Camp the following year, 2016-17.
-Dave McGrath, Illustration Bootcamp 2015-2016
Emily Good – Independent Arts and Crafts Professional
Really worthwhile experience. Great projects and hand-outs, loads of one-to-one advice and support. I would recommend the course to anyone with an interest in illustration.
Ruth Mannion – External Examiner at FETAC
I joined the Illustration Boot Camp to gain an insight into illustration in its many forms. As well as having a personal interest in the subject, I felt that it would also benefit my work, as I teach full time art & design portfolio preparation. I got a great deal out of Adrienne’s expertise and wealth of ideas.