Who should attend
Anyone interested in illustrating books, book jackets or children's picture books, who wants to take a drawing based course. Or anyone who is considering taking an Illustration MA or Illustration BA course.
About the course
Join Book Illustration and hone your drawing skills - helping you to develop your own visual language. Gain an understanding of how you could develop your abilities as an illustrator and what is required in order to show a portfolio to a publisher.
You will explore materials, gain confidence in character development, layout and composition and understand the relationship between illustration and text. A talk from a practising illustrator will give you inspiration and insight into the current children’s book market.
A short demonstration on digital processes will introduce you to the possibilities of incorporating new working methods to your illustration practice. Throughout the course you’ll enjoy valuable one-on-one tuition as well as group feedback.
Past students have featured among the prize winners of the Macmillan Book Prize and the V&A Inspired By Competition.
Please bring an example of your favourite illustrator's work to the first session.
- Introducing materials and approaches to illustration
- Drawing from observation
- Storyboarding and sequential image
- Character and expression
- Printmaking techniques at home
- Guest speaker
- Individual tutorials
- Project briefs you can continue after the course
- Exploring possibilities of digital processes (photoshop demo)
- Portfolio tips
- How to approach an agent or publisher
You will aim to complete a series of illustrations or have developed ideas and some sample artwork for a book.
All our Online Short Courses include:
- Live online lessons with the same tutors
- The same course content and learning outcomes
- Lesson recordings, for review
- Access to VLE with course content
- Forums for support
- 3 months online access
- Certificate upon completion
Zehra Hicks is an illustrator and author who graduated from the University of Northumbria with a First in Fine Art. She previously worked as a graphic designer before becoming a tutor at Chelsea College of Arts. Her debut picture book, The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes (Macmillan), was highly commen...
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