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Welcome to the home of illustration mentoring, illustration tutorials and children’s book talks (amongst many other things)!


Headed up by Ness Wood and Maisie Paradise Shearring, experts in their field, Orange Beak Studio is here to offer you all the support you need, no matter what stage you’re at in your career as an illustrator or author. Whether you’re an aspiring creative or a published illustrator, our services can connect you with our incredible roster of illustrators, authors and designers to help you reach your creative goals.

One-to-one tutorials

If you’re looking for illustration mentoring, our one-to-one illustration tutorials are for you. Designed around what suits you best as an individual, our one-to-one sessions are available to book individually, or as a series – ideal for supporting you as a creative.

Contract consultations

Getting an agent or publishing contract is a huge milestone – but we know first-hand that the language and processes of contracts can be very overwhelming. Let us help you distill the information, and help guide you to make sure the contract works for you.

Workshops and events

We are so proud of the range of children’s book illustration workshops and events that we offer here at Orange Beak Studio. From practical skill-building workshops to artist talks, creative lectures and conferences, our programme of illustrator talks is designed with you in mind.

Picture book retreat

Discover more about our sought-after Picture Book retreats with Orange Beak Studio’s own industry professionals, Ness Wood, Maisie Paradise Shearring and Katie Harnett. Everyone is welcome – professional illustrators, students, and those new to illustration alike!

Gift vouchers

There’s no better gift than giving someone the time to invest in something they love. Redeemable against our highly acclaimed tutorials, these vouchers make a great gift for the creative in your life.

Picture Book Club

Using Patreon, we have created the Orange Beak Picture Book Club, a community for picture book makers. Join us for information-sharing, tips, illustration briefs, drawing and wring prompts, live Q&A sessions and more!

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About us


Orange Beak Studio was founded from a desire to work closely with illustrators and authors – to share knowledge and offer insight and encouragement for creatives. And that is at the core of what we continue to offer. Find out more about Orange Beak and the many creative people behind it here.

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