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Developing Your Illustration Skills at Home


Written by
Jasmin Woolley-Butler
Published date
08 April 2020

Illustrators! We have gathered a range of recommendations to help keep students and budding illustrators busy at home during this time.

Our recommendations include books, podcasts, brief generators, drawing exercises, and virtual networking opportunities – read on to discover more.

Virtual Networking

Quarantine Art Club – Carson Ellis

Artist and Illustrator Carson Ellis is running a ‘quarantine art club’ via her Instagram page - currently they are up to assignment #18 and have tackled a wide range of topics including drawing an imagined still life, designing a treasure map and ‘#TransmundaneTuesdays’

Virtual Exhibition - Illustrator Stephanie Unger

Illustrator Stephanie Unger held a ‘socially distanced’ virtual exhibition via Animal Crossing, complete with private view you could attend via the platform. You can view Highlights on her Instagram page or read about the process in art journal, Lecture in Progress.

Developing your Practice

We’ve found two great brief generators with options specific for Illustrators! Expand your practice in surprising new ways with goofbrief which allows you to select an industry to illustrate for. Alternatively take a look at Fake Clients for totally random quick exercises.

YouTube is one of the best places to look for tutorials on an infinite number of techniques. We’ve chosen to include some booking binding tutorials that you can easily replicate with the minimum of tools from home – explore the full playlist of Sea Lemon’s tutorials for more inspiration whether you just want a new sketchbook or are planning an illustrated children’s story.


Creative Pep Talks – This podcast is designed to support all aspects of your creative practice alongside practical business advice for established and budding illustrators alike.

Illustration Age – Hosted by illustrator Thomas James, this podcast includes conversations with illustrators, art directors and a whole host of other professionals within illustration, giving a true insight into this industry.

We’re still here to help you. Did you know we have online short courses on different elements of interior design including lighting, sustainability and styling? Check out how online short courses can help develop your practice here.

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