Illustration - Drawn to Digital
In today’s creative visual climate, digital processes are prevalent and the hand of the artist within the work can sometimes be lost. This experimental course will introduce you to new ways of working, where you will combine old and new technologies, bringing together the handmade and the digital...
Taught by: Augusta Akerman.
In today’s creative visual climate, digital processes are prevalent and the hand of the artist within the work can sometimes be lost. This experimental course will introduce you to new ways of working, where you will combine old and new technologies, bringing together the handmade and the digital. There will be plenty of opportunity to explore traditional techniques, all of which can be easily achieved at home, without the need of a large studio space. Starting with handmade drawing, printmaking and mark-making you will be encouraged to develop drawings and texture libraries. By scanning work into the computer you will learn how to manipulate your designs in Adobe Photoshop. You will learn how to clean up images, add and experiment with textures, as well as playing with the possibilities of pattern repeat and digital collage. With the guidance from your tutor, you will be encouraged to explore the transition between these two ways of working to create projects that can be printed and manipulated digitally, but still retaining the hand of the artist. By working in this way you will be able to make digital technologies work for you, and gain the confidence to use these to support your current practice. This is a great way to allow your own personal style and artistic voice to show through in your work. Please note this course is taught on a Mac computer.
Artist research, inspiration boards and project development
Creating handmade textures
Image and texture Libraries
Printmaking (stamps, stencils, lino, mono printing)
Scanning of artwork
Cleaning of images
Preparing images for pattern repeat
Preparing artwork for print and online publication
You will leave with an understanding of how personal artistic practice can be enhanced by digital means. You will have learnt how to take a handmade image or texture and successfully scan into Photoshop to add depth and personal style to digital images. By concentrating on using Adobe Photoshop you will be confident with the program to continue developing skills in your own time and finding new ways to add personal style to digital images.
Any artist, designer or illustrator looking to use more handmade elements alongside digital work. Suitable for those looking to keep the traditional methods of mark-making alive without abandoning the benefits available with digital methods. An ideal course for those wanting to find new approaches to their practice and find inspiration from working within an experimental environment.
Beginner / Intermediate
Augusta Akerman is a freelance Illustrator and surface pattern designer currently living and working in London. After Graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 2008 with a BA Hons in Fine Art Photography she has previously worked as a Set Decorator for film and advertising before studying for an MA in Illustration at Camberwell College of Art in 2013 (Distinction). Her work is primarily narrative based, combining a classic illustrative style with a looser abstract sense of design. She works with a variety of materials including pen and ink as well as various printing methods from Lithography to Lino. She has recently begun working with textiles and wallpapers printing her illustrations onto silk and cotton, exploring a range of subjects that include climate change and the migrations of animals.
Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:
Pencil case or similar with your preferred drawing and painting materials
Memory Stick (No smaller than 8GB)