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Customer Testimonials

Blind Elephant Collective

I never studied Illustration in any depth before and found the boot-camp to be just what I needed. Great projects, great artists, great interactivity and great fun! If you need to re-ignite your creative spark, introduce yourself to illustration or just want to draw I definitely recommend Adrienne’s camp. I hope to attend the Children’s Book course as soon as I get a chance. Thanks to the boot-camp a number of Adrienne’s students kept in contact and set up a blog to keep our illustration projects going – check it!

Carmen Touhy

I found Adrienne’s Illustration Bootcamp invaluable for extending my reach into illustration. We were encouraged to experiment with materials and ideas and step out of our comfort zone. Strong class dynamic where students from different artistic disciplines got a chance to mix. Improved my confidence and knowledge of the industry. Very informative and enjoyable course!

Georgina Garrigan

Participating in Adrienne’s illustration course is a fantastic way of escaping a state of artistic un-productiveness. She assigns regular briefs to ensure you are constantly producing work and opens your mind to the possibilities of experimenting with a diverse range of media. I’d highly recommend this course for increasing your creative confidence and for a motivational kick!

Una Woods – Illustrator

I have been working in the illustration and animation industry for years but have always dreamt of doing my own book. This course has been a really enjoyable and amazing experience. I have learnt so much from the course. I would highly recommend Adrienne’s illustration courses for people with experience or without.

Eithne O’Dea – Artist

At The Illustration Boot Camp Adrienne creates an environment that encourages us to be both creative and productive, and is really enjoyable. I find that the deadlines are a good discipline – without them I’d be just full of good intentions!  I always look forward to the class.

Sean Mackel – Writer

Adrienne is a natural communicator and facilitator. Her creative and conceptual expertise in the field of Children’s Picture Book Illustration and Writing is first class. She is both generous and enthusiastic in the dissemination of her knowledge and guidance. I was strongly recommend Adrienne to all those budding creatives out there bursting to develop mature work in the field of Children’s Picture Books.

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!

Liz Rackard – Artist / Art Therapist

Adrienne’s course is packed full of relevant information for children’s picture book making and delivered at a cracking pace which really encourages you to get on with your project. I have found it hugely enjoyable, informative and inspiring. I would highly recommend it if you are interested in picture book making. The course is well organised and Adrienne is an excellent teacher who knows her subject.

Caitriona Sweeney

I was lucky to get a place on Adrienne’s Illustrating for Children’s Books course in Winter 2008. It was a real eye opener. Adrienne brought us through the whole process, step by step, of putting together an illustrated story for submission to publishers. From brainstorming ideas to character development (so nice naming your own character!), from storyboarding to assembling a dummy book. Endpapers were a revelation! It was wonderful to get such practical information from a professional with experience in the industry. I was encouraged to develop my own particular style and use my strengths (watercolour!).The experience  and knowledge I gained from the course enabled me to go on and illustrate a story, “A Friend like Simon”, for Irish publishers Special Stories. The thrill of seeing my illustrations actually published in a real book  made possible by doing this course. I’m still in touch with friends I met on the course and we continue to encourage each other in our art endeavours!

Fintan Wall – Graphic Designer

I joined the Illustration Boot Camp to brush up on my drawing skills, having not picked up a pencil since college. I have to say, one of the best decisions I ever made. Really interesting course, fantastic tutor and classmates, will reawaken your dormant artistic capabilities. I found my illustration skills increase ten fold and this in turn has improved my graphic design skills. Couldn’t recommend highly enough!

Sinead McCarthy – Artist/Illustrator, Teacher

Adrienne is an excellent tutor! I attended both of her courses, Illustration Boot Camp and Picture Book Illustration in Dublin over 2 years. I met like-minded and talented people who shared ideas and great conversations. We eventually curated two group exhibitions with the work created in Adrienne’s classes. The courses reawakened my artistic streak and I am now teaching art and selling commissions of my own. Highly recommend these courses.

Sheena Dempsey – Picture Book Author/Illustrator

As I was coming from a Fine Art background and I wanted to branch into the illustration field. Adrienne made lots of stimulating short-term briefs and projects for us and gave individual feedback, as well as giving informed talks and advice about the industry.  I highly recommend taking her course if you are interested in branching into illustration or even if you already are an illustrator and just want to push your work.

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.

Killian Dunne – Freelance Illustrator and Printmaker

Adrienne runs a great course which can be treated as a series of intense illustration exercises or as a series of relaxed goals that you take at your own pace. It is a great place to get a body of work together.  All assignments are open to your own interpretation. A great place to meet like-minded people.

Sean Mackel – Creative Industries Practitioner

Adrienne is a natural communicator and facilitator. Her creative and conceptual expertise in the field of Children’s Picture Book Illustration and Writing is first class.  She is both generous and enthusiastic in the dissemination of her knowledge and guidance. Strongly recommended.

Carmen Tuohy – Illustrator

We were encouraged to experiment with materials and ideas and step out of our comfort zone. Strong class dynamics, where students from different artistic disciplines got a chance to mix.  Very informative, enjoyable course!

Jennifer Farley – Illustrator & Design Instructor

Adrienne is a wonderful teacher. Very interested and enthusiastic with tons of real-world experience which she shared with the class. I would highly recommend attending any of Adrienne’s illustration courses.