Illustration Styles

Choosing a unique style for you & your story

Series 2 | Lesson 7

Creators | Jess Racklyeft & Heidi McKinnon

From hand painted to digitally drawn, bright colour palettes to black-and-white, collage, sculptures and photographs - the art of illustration is amazingly varied!

Let’s hear from Jess and Heidi about how they discovered their unique illustration style, and how they use different techniques to match the mood and feel of their stories.

Key Concepts:

  • Different illustration styles, how they suit genres and story tone
  • How to express a certain mood through illustration


  • How to find the right illustration style to enhance the mood of the story

Resources for Illustration Styles

Resources include lesson plans for middle and upper primary students, each with their own activities and supporting resources.

ST Series 2 Lesson 7 Education Resources
  • Explore illustration styles with a fun scavenger hunt.
  • Words to help you talk confidently about art!
  • A poster to compare some different styles and ways of creating illustrations.
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About Illustration Styles Creators

Heidi McKinnon

Heidi is an author-illustrator who lives in sunny Melbourne.

Heidi has a background in art and design. Her books are mostly based on true stories, except for one.

Heidi’s first picture book, I Just Ate My Friend, was shortlisted for numerous awards.

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Jess Racklyeft

Jess is a children’s book lover, draw-er and reader based in Melbourne, who also creates work for card companies, picture books, original paintings, prints and all types of different client projects.

Iceberg, illustrated by Jess and written by fellow Series 2 creator Claire Saxby, was the 2022 winner of CBCA Picture Book of the Year.

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