Wherever your interest lies, this course will hone your drawing skills and help you develop your own personal visual language. We will set group and individual projects, a mix of fast-paced projects to break you out of your comfort zone and longer personal projects too...
Taught by: Zehra Hicks, Isabel Greenberg.
Wherever your interest lies, this course will hone your drawing skills and help you develop your own personal visual language. We will set group and individual projects, a mix of fast-paced projects to break you out of your comfort zone and longer personal projects too. You will explore materials, gain confidence in character development, layout and composition and understand the relationship between illustration and text. A visit from a practising illustrator will give you inspiration and insight into the current children’s book market and talk about how to approach an agent or publisher. A short demonstration on digital processes will introduce you to the possibilities of incorporating new working methods to your practice. Through-out 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 examples of your work to the first class, even if from another field.
At the end of the course you will have 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 aim to complete a series of illustrations or have developed ideas and some artwork for a picture book.
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 MA or BA course. Perhaps you have worked in related fields such as drawing, painting or design. Who knows? This course could inspire you to find new possibilities in your work and a new direction.
Courses are typically taught by one or more of the tutors listed below.
'Having done the course, I got a two-book publishing contract with Macmillan. I am working on ideas for a third one now, which I am juggling between my two small children. I would not have had that confidence and knowledge to start working as an author/illustrator without having done the course.' - Anon
'I had a great time developing my work, got a lot of feedback and suggestions. And it was fun to do as well. Had a great week.'
'Very good. I was impressed by the one to one working and enthusiasm of the tutors.'
'The teaching and course was fantastic.'
Before embarking on a career in illustration, Zehra Hicks graduated from University of Northumbria with a First Class BA Hons degree in Fine Art. Later she worked as a graphic designer in London for 8 years. After she had her first child she completed a Short Course in Book Illustration at Chelsea College of Arts in 2009 which gave her the confidence to change career. The book she worked on while on the course got highly commended for the Macmillan Prize that year and she was offered a contract with Macmillan. Her first book, ‘The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes’, was winner of the Heart of Hawick Award in 2012, shortlisted for the Read It Again! Cambridgeshire Children’s Picture Book Award and named Lovereading4Kids Debut of the Year 2011. She has been published in Portugal, Denmark, Korea, Mexico and Israel. She is currently working on her 4th picture book due to be out in 2016 with Macmillan.
Isabel Greenberg is a London based comic artist and illustrator, for both adults and children. She graduated in 2010 from The University Of Brighton and has since produced work for a variety of clients and publications including The Guardian, The National Trust, Nobrow Press, Wrap Magazine, Seven Stories Press, The New York Times and the V & A . In 2011 she won the Observer Jonathan Cape Comica Graphic Story Prize and shortly after began work on her first graphic novel, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth. It came out in Autumn 2013, published by Jonathan Cape and was released in The US, Canada, Germany, France and Spain. She is now working on her second graphic novel as well as a series of historical children’s books for the publisher Wide Eyed Editions.http://www.isabelnecessary.com/
Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:
A4 sketch book
Drawing media that you are used to working with i.e pencils, charcoal and some form of colour - pencil crayons/inks/watercolours or gouache
Small acrylic paint brushes if you are interested in working with paint.
Examples of any recent work; drawings, sketchbooks - (it does not have to be illustration)
An image of your favourite illustrator’s work
Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.