skip to main content

Essential coronavirus info
We are continuing to welcome our new and returning students. Your safety is our first priority.

Book Illustration Online Short Course

Course description

Join Book Illustration and hone your drawing skills - helping you to develop your own visual language. Gain an understanding of how you could develop your abilities as an illustrator and what is required in order to show a portfolio to a publisher.

You will explore materials, gain confidence in character development, layout and composition and understand the relationship between illustration and text. A talk from a practising illustrator will give you inspiration and insight into the current children’s book market.

A short demonstration on digital processes will introduce you to the possibilities of incorporating new working methods to your illustration practice. Throughout the course you’ll enjoy valuable one-on-one tuition as well as group feedback.

Past students have featured among the prize winners of the Macmillan Book Prize and the V&A Inspired By Competition.

Please bring an example of your favourite illustrator's work to the first session.


Course outcomes

You will aim to complete a series of illustrations or have developed ideas and some sample artwork for a book.


Who should attend

Anyone interested in illustrating books, book jackets or children's picture books, who wants to take a drawing based course. Or anyone who is considering taking an Illustration MA or Illustration BA course.

For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with expert tutors
  • Practical assignments
  • Personal feedback
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • 2 week 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.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.

Materials

Online short course materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here - https://www.speedtest.net

Course specific materials

Please source the following materials

Essential materials:

  • A4 sketch book
  • Single sheets of heavyweight drawing paper (A4 or A3)
  • 2B, 3B, or 4B pencils
  • Black ink (indian ink preferable but not essential)
  • Gouache or watercolour paints in a tube (red, blue and yellow)
  • Paint brushes
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

Useful to have:

  • Some form of colour: pencil crayons or pastels
  • Any other drawing media that you have at home
  • Examples of any recent work; drawings, sketchbooks - (it does not have to be illustration)
  • An image of your favourite illustrator’s work

     


Details

Topics covered

  • Introducing materials and approaches to illustration
  • Drawing from observation
  • Storyboarding and sequential image
  • Character and expression
  • Printmaking techniques at home
  • Guest speaker
  • Individual tutorials
  • Project briefs you can continue after the course
  • Exploring possibilities of digital processes (photoshop demo)
  • Portfolio tips
  • How to approach an agent or publisher

Reviews

-

It was great to have time to work on my project with helpful coaching available when I needed it.[The tutor] was clearly an expert in her field. She was supportive and nurturing in her approach. Mark Bisson, August 2017

-

The freedom to create and work on anything you want is wonderful. Discussing the options for after the course was great too as I now feel I can move on with my project and possibly go somewhere with it. Katie Pridige, August 2017

-

[The tutor] was a very knowledgeable teacher and gave very constructive, positive and helpful advice. Dominique El-Shirbini, August 2017
Meet the Tutor:

Join Book Illustration and hone your drawing skills - helping you to develop your own visual language. Gain an understanding of how you could develop your abilities as an illustrator and what is required in order to show a portfolio to a publisher.

£
Pay by:
Visa
Mastercard
Maestro
Powered by Worldpay
Contact us: