Ever dream of illustrating a picture book?

I am a picture book illustrator and I teach others how to do the same.

Picture Book Course

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Offering ongoing community, resources, inspiration and Lives to fuel your illustration journey.

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I am passionate about sharing everything that I’ve learned about picture book illustration in my online courses and membership program.

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Interested in a Picture Book Illustration Journey?

Join my email subscription dedicated to all things picture book illustration. I promise to send you only the most relevant updates, tips, and inspiration related to the world of picture book illustration. My goal is to help you thrive on your picture book journey.

As a token of our appreciation, I invite you to download your very own copy of the “Pathway to Growth and Success” guide for children’s picture book illustrators.

Your Pathway to Growth and Success Guide

Move Through the Stages of Becoming a Children’s Picture Book Illustrator.

"The Picture Book Illustration e-Course was an amazing experience. Everything was helpful and relevant. The online atmosphere was so positive for beginners and advanced alike ... as a beginner, I never felt looked down on or less important. Critique was given in a positive, affirming way. This course was one of the highlights of my year."

Jenny Peterson

"Because I hadn't illustrated a picture book before, I wanted a chance to work on a manuscript and to find out my strengths and what I could improve on. The Picture Book Illustration e-Course gave me a better understanding of visual story telling and added to my portfolio."

Amy Calautti

"As a self-publisher, I’ve found the course has meant that the quality of my work has jumped significantly. It’s made the investment of time and money extremely worthwhile."

Matt Glover
Counselling, Cartoonist, Author

"The online community was such a lovely experience and group… it will be hard to let it go. Just that supportive environment, which has been such a wonderful aspect of the course. It's not just the people that are in there, but it's the way you structure and run the course. It really gives you the right sort of attitude that you need to go forward. And, and that's hard to let go of.

To keep connecting to that, and to keep getting that infusion of attitude, support, and encouragement, made it possible for me to say, yes, this is possible and I really believe in myself and believe that it's possible for me. So, that's been fantastic." – Cher Hart

Why I do what I do

I am passionate about picture books stories and the characters that help tell them. I'm passionate about sharing everything that I've learned over the past 20-years to help you to fast-track your illustration journey.


Online learning allows you to complete coursework at home or in a library and to pace the course to suit your needs.


Every course comes with it's own workbook offering resources, diagrams, to-do's, top tips, tasks, and projects.


The online communities offer the support, accountability, and momentum to keep you on track.

"Nina is genuinely invested in each student’s growth. I loved the breadth of the class and found the lessons to be filled with valuable content. The Picture Book Illustration e-Course relit my passion and confidence for drawing and storytelling. I am truly grateful for the care, time and expertise that went into this course. "

Sarah Davies

"Before this course, I didn’t know how to consistently sustain a character image from one scene or action to the next — that was one of the things that frightened me most about venturing into children’s illustration — but Nina taught us how to … quickly and consistently develop our characters in different scenes and actions without losing their original character design, proportions, or personality. This has been a career-changing class for me, not only in the area of children’s illustration, but in all areas of my art."

Shawnee Fleenor

Join my free mini-course

As my gift to you, here is my character design mini-course. All I need to know is where to send it. Valued at $20, it is 100% free. No credit card is required. You will also receive Nina news – I love to share, but not too often, not too much, and always in support of your creative journey. And you can unsubscribe at any time.