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Children's Book Illustration Short Course

Course description

In this course you will explore a variety of techniques used to create images for picture books. You will be introduced to methods of communicating narratives through image making alone. By working through a series of exercises you will be acquainted with the roles that storyboarding, roughs, layouts, text placement and final artwork all play in the creation of illustrated picture books.

Who should take this course?

This course will appeal to people who enjoy picture making and have an interest in storytelling through drawing.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

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

IMPORTANT Information: There is currently no lift access at this site. Access to your classroom is only via stairs-

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Topics covered:

  • You will create a character in clay that can be manipulated into any position and viewed from any angle.
  • Facial expressions reflecting emotions are discussed and drawn using these models. This is aimed to help you to achieve better character continuity in your drawings.
  • Pop-up books are explored through the making of simple mechanisms, and the role of the illustrator in tackling these special books will be explained.
  • Colour media is investigated through creating a book of colour for young readers, and black and white media is tried out using ink and bleach painting as well as scraper boards.
  • In each session there will be a variety of picture books for you to examine and ample opportunity for you to ask questions.
  • We end the course with a story-generating exercise working in pairs.

Through student-led work, paired projects and class workshops, the aim will be to increase both experimentation and professionalism, encouraging you to develop your own individuality and imagination.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • cartridge paper pad (optional)
  • graphite pencils 2B, 3B, or 4B if you have them
  • rubber
  • black pen
  • scissors
  • glue stick

Most of the materials below will be provided by the college, but if you have any of your own you may wish to bring them in:

  • small hand mirror
  • dip pen and inks
  • plasticine clay
  • rulers
  • coloured pencils
  • Felt tips
  • pastel pencils
  • pastels
  • crayons
  • coloured and printed papers for collage
  • ink, bleach and brushes
Meet the Tutor:

Students are introduced to communicating narratives through image making. Through exercises you will be introduced to the roles that storyboarding, roughs, layouts, text placement and final artwork all play in the creation of illustrated picture books.

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