Drawing for a Living: Opportunities & Challenges

By Debasmita Dasgupta

14 July 2018 (Sat)
9:30am – 12:30pm

Singapore Book Council Training Room
90 Goodman Road, Blk E #03-32
Goodman Arts Centre
Singapore 439053

Course Fee: $40.00
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $2.99

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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 the trainer while she shares her tools, tips and trade secrets to not just survive but enjoy life as a freelance illustrator, especially as a children’s illustrator.

She will take you on a step-by- step tour of her work process: how she conceives, designs and promotes her work.

You will get hands-on experience to create a pilot project from start to finish during this session.
This course is suitable for  18  years and above.


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

  • Where to Start?
  • Staying Motivated
  • Are you Shy to Share?
  • How to Stand Out?
  • Finding Patrons
  • Pitching your Ideas

About the Trainer: Debasmita Dasgupta

Debasmita Dasgupta

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.

Registration Details

Capability Development Grant

The Capability Development Grant is open to individuals and organisations who have a strong track record of involvement in the arts at a professional level, and is able to demonstrate commitment to the long-term development of the arts in Singapore.

Kinokuniya Privilege Card Members

Kinokuniya Privilege card members can enjoy 10% off the workshop fee.
Please provide your membership number and workshop title to [email protected] for the discount code before online registration.

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation, two weeks before the workshop date.

Cancellation & Substitution

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 five (5) working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Participants can also attend another course at the same value within the same year.

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