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Introduction to Illustration Online Short Course

Course description

Whether you are new to illustration, or have been experimenting with visual language for a while, this course will help you to create unique and beautiful work, and enhance your creativity. Central Saint Martins has a world-renowned reputation for radical practice and rich experimentation and these values are at the heart of this course. We will challenge your understanding of what illustration is, whilst you develop strong technical skills to realise your creative potential.

Who is Introduction to Illustration Online Short Course for?

The course is perfect for new textile artists, interior designers, students (fine art, textiles, or fashion) looking to bolster a portfolio, or anyone who wants to learn new illustration skills.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course you will have:

  • Challenged and deepened your understanding of what Illustration is and what it can be used to achieve
  • Mastered a range of fundamental drawing techniques
  • Improved and developed your own style
  • Learned how to source inspiration from your surroundings to create compelling pieces
  • Produced a range of pieces for your portfolio
  • Experimented with typeface and learned how to integrate text into your designs
  • Used your designs to communicate emotions

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
  • 2 weeks online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.

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Materials

Online Course Requirements

To access the Online Content, please ensure you have;

  • A Computer or Laptop, (tablets can be used but some content will be limited)
  • Headphones
  • Microphone
  • Webcam
  • The latest version of Java installed on your device
  • A recent operating system (we recommend Google Chrome or Firefox)
  • Good Internet connection via WiFi or ethernet; 2G, 3G or 4G will not be sufficient


Course Specific Requirements

To complete the course, please you should have the following equipment;

  • Pencils - HB to 8B
  • Coloured Pencils
  • Charcoal
  • Coloured Ink
  • Brushes
  • Eraser
  • Watercolours
  • Gouache paint
  • Acrylic paints
  • A4 - A3 size sketchbook
  • Watercolour sketchbook/Paper

Details

Topics

  • Designing and illustrating a book cover
  • Sketching and illustration for reportage
  • Figure drawing and character design
  • Colour Theory
  • Sketching from Life
  • Illustrating for Food and Packaging
  • Illustrating for an article
  • Experimenting with sketching techniques

Reviews

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"I loved the course and found it inspirational, interesting, and helpful. Not only did it give me confidence again as an artist and help me (re) find my love of art and drawing, it actually gave me the push I needed to take my drawing seriously and because of the course I am now trying to be an illustrator alongside my acting career- in fact I just finished a series called Summer Haze which will be turned into stationary soon (rather exciting)."Andrea Nodroum, British-Latina Actress and Illustrator based in the USA "The feedback from the helpful lecturer was very good, the projects were useful and I gained a lot of knowledge about the subject."Eezmah, Artist and aspiring Illustrator based in Saudi Arabia
Meet the Tutor:

This online short course provides valuable insight into illustration. You will cover key elements such as drawing techniques, developing your own style and producing a portfolio.

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