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Illustration - Drawn to Digital

Illustration - Drawn to Digital

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Augusta Akerman


Join Illustration Drawn to Digital and experiment with combining old and new technologies, bringing together the handmade and the digital. Learn how to take a handmade image or texture and scan into Photoshop to add depth and style to digital images.

You will start with handmade drawing, printmaking and mark-making and 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.

Topics covered

  • Artist research, inspiration boards and project development
  • Creating handmade textures
  • Image and texture Libraries
  • Digital Collage
  • Printmaking (stamps, stencils, lino, mono printing)
  • Experimental painting
  • Scanning of artwork
  • Cleaning of images
  • Preparing images for pattern repeat
  • Preparing artwork for print and online publication
Course outcomes
You will leave with an understanding of how personal artistic practice can be enhanced by digital means. 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.

Who should attend
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

Online short courses

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Tutor Description

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.  

Take a look at Augusta's website


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:   

  • Sketchbook

  • Pencil case or similar with your preferred drawing and painting materials

  • Memory Stick (No smaller than 8GB)

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.

Available dates