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Illustration Workshop

Illustration Workshop

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Howard Read, Oliver O'Keeffe


By blurring the distinction between illustration and graphic design and allowing type and layout to play an important role, this course will take a broader view of illustration and capture the spirit and enthusiasm of the BA Graphic Design degree course at Central Saint Martins. While there will be the opportunity for some classic illustration and design, you will be encouraged to innovate in your ways of image-making and communication.

The course will emphasise experimentation, the generation of ideas and an awareness of your surroundings. Students will be expected to do a certain amount of work at home as well as practical classroom activities.

The work from this course could be used as part of a portfolio for application to a degree course or professional practice.

Entry requirements: An ability to draw and an interest in illustration.

Level: Beginners / Intermediate

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Read more about this course over on the CSM Short Courses blog!

Tutor Description

Howard Read is a freelance illustrator and a graduate of the Royal College of Art. He teaches on the BA Graphic Design course at Central Saint Martins.

Oliver O'Keefe has a Degree in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins; graduating in 2007. Since then he has freelanced as an illustrator and teaches on the BA Graphic Design course at Central Saint Martins.

Read an interview with Oliver on the Short Courses blog here.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • A Sketch/note book (comfortable size)
  • Basic drawing equipment:
  • Pencils (selection)
  • Cartridge paper (A3 pad)
  • Other equipment useful (not essential!) throughout the course:
  • Inks
  • A selection of papers useful for collage (colour texture etc.)
  • Masking tape
  • Scalpel
  • Pritt
  • Camera.

Available dates