Sam van Riet

Illustrator | Author | Designer

Sam van Riet Profile

Hi! I am Sam van Riet

Hi! I am Sam van Riet. I live between Brighton UK and Paarl South Africa. I have been illustrating children’s books for around 30 years, working in both traditional and digital media using the best elements of both. Recent collaborations include American, British and Swedish clients. My books include the best- selling non-fiction title Roots, Shoots and Muddy Boots, the poetry and story collection (Alan Durant) and my own picture book The Great Adventure by Penguin Random House. Soweto Tea Party will be published this year by New Africa Books.

Take a look at my illustration portfolio here

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Children's Book Illustration

Online Course and Mentorship for £150/R1500

  • Starting on the 2nd May 2022

  • 6 modules over 12 weeks

  • Fortnightly Zoom meetings

  • Feedback included

Email me for more information!

Course Content

Are you interested in illustrating books for children? This informative and comprehensive course by an experienced children’s book illustrator will give you all the practical help you need.

The course runs for 12 weeks through a dedicated password protected website with separate downloadable modules. The modules carry a mix of information, practical advice and drawing exercises.

Feedback on all course exercises is included. I will be with you every step of the way.

We will meet up in a fortnightly Zoom session for questions and discussions. There is also the opportunity to meet in private chat group on Facebook for discussion and encouragement.


Module 1: Ideas, doodling and using references

Module 2: Exercises to build your character

Module 3: Showing emotion

Module 4: More useful tips

Module 5: Background and setting

Module 6: Making a dummy book