Drawing for a Living

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 an internationally published illustrator who will share her tools, tips and trade secrets to not just survive but enjoy life as a freelance illustrator.

The facilitator will take you on a step-by- step tour of her work process; how she conceptualises, designs and promotes her work. You will get hands-on experience to begin a pilot project of your own.


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.

9:30AM – 12:30PM


Course Fee: $60.00
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $2.49


Debasmita Dasgupta

Debasmita Dasgupta

Debasmita Dasgupta (aka Smita) is an internationally published, award-winning, Kirkus Best Prize nominated illustrator & graphic novelist based in the UK. She enjoys drawing both fiction & non-fiction for children & young adults. She has illustrated picture books, comics & poems working with publishers across the globe including HarperCollins UK, Mango & Marigold Press USA, Scholastic India, World Scientific Singapore and Penguin Random House India. She has also illustrated animated stories that have been showcased in the Raindance Film Festival in London & Toronto. As an art-for-change advocate, she tells stories of changemakers from around the world partnering with global non-profits such as the Story Centre in New York. Her art has been exhibited around the world & more than 45 international media outlets have featured it. As a guest speaker for international literature festivals, global international schools and national book development authorities, she mentors aspiring and emerging picture book artists in Asia. She is also a screenwriter for award-winning short films and the co-founder of FilmsPositive, a film & media production house based in Singapore. In 2020, Debasmita wrote the story of BEFORE LIFE AFTER DEATH, her debut feature film shot in Singapore. She is also the Executive Producer of this film.