Illustrating animals is one of the most interesting, diverse and technically satisfying of subject matters. Beginning with an in-depth look at the work of a variety of artists and illustrators work, we will then look at the different challenges of drawing various types of animals, from the domestic dog and cat to the gorilla and lion...
Taught by: Sion Ap Tomos.
Illustrating animals is one of the most interesting, diverse and technically satisfying of subject matters. Beginning with an in-depth look at the work of a variety of artists and illustrators work, we will then look at the different challenges of drawing various types of animals, from the domestic dog and cat to the gorilla and lion.
- We will look at anatomy, movement and character.
- You will handle a variety of materials.
- Technical instruction, designed to improve your observational skill, is given throughout the course.
- There will be guidance on exploring types of depiction that you may be particularly interested in. They may include animals in children's book illustration, character design, editorial and wildlife illustration.
In addition to the practical studio time, the course will include one-to-one and group discussions, a museum visit and location drawing.
Who should take this course?
This course is designed for both novices and people with some experience but who wish to further explore the subject and develop their skills.
Entry requirements: None
Level: The course is open to students of all levels.
Hi, this is Sion Ap Tomos, I’m an illustrator and educator and I eat, drink and breathe drawing! I love talking about it, demonstrating it, sharing knowledge about it and helping people to get the most out of doing it. I don’t think it matters why you want to draw it’s just good for you - another way to communicate which is no bad thing to have in my opinion.
I studied illustration at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art and have worked as a freelance illustrator for a number of years in a variety of areas including editorial illustration, poster illustration, factual and reportage illustration and Illustrating for educational reference.
I’ve been talking about and teaching drawing for 16 years including 10 years on the Central Saint Martins Illustration/Graphics BA program. I love teaching on short courses in particular with the emphasis on sharing practical knowledge and helping students to use what we pass on in a way that works for them.
Please bring with you:
- A range of graphite pencils, specifically if possible: 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B
- An Eraser (generally the softer the eraser feels in your fingers the better it is at picking up graphite)
- A pencil sharpener
- An A4 sketch pad preferably with detachable pages (useful for scanning, photocopying and displaying). Daler Rowney make a 30 sheet cartridge pad (130gms weight) which has a yellow cover, well priced in most art shops. Alternatively DR make a sketching pad (50 sheets, 90gms weight, blue cover) which is also very reasonably priced. Paper is thinner and lower in quality but ideal for making lots of experimental drawings, sketches, doodles and mistakes! Ultimately choose whichever feels right in the shop bearing in mind that this will be our "working" pad.
- An A3 drawing pad, again with detachable pages, but also heavier weight of paper. DR make a heavyweight pad (220gms, pink cover) again at a reasonable price. This pad we will use for more ambitious drawings and for use with different materials during the course
If you feel you already have something similar in your possession, or perhaps sketchpads/type of paper that you feel established with then by all means bring them instead. Likewise, don't feel the need to buy the other materials new if you already have some used ones that still have life in them!