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Illustration for Comics for 14 - 17 Year Olds

Illustration for Comics for 14 - 17 Year Olds

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Berwyn Mure


Join Illustration for Comics for 14 - 17 years olds where you will produce your own handmade graphic novel or picture book. You’ll explore methods of image making, character design, storytelling, composition and simple bookbinding.

Working in a fun and supportive environment, you will create work in both 2D and 3D and be introduced to lo-fi production techniques.

Everything you make will be created by hand and introduce you to the fundamentals of narrative illustration. You will be amazed by the skills that you gain, which you will be able to apply to many other projects in future.

The course will also include an off-site visit to feed your imagination further.

Topics covered

  • Character design and storytelling 
  • Building profiles
  • Drawing
  • Visit the Tate Gallery 
  • Book binding workshop
  • Creating zines / books structures 
  • Narrative structures
  • Image making
  • Mood
  • Applying type and lo-fi reproduction methods
  • Complete of final book / zine / graphic novel.

Course outcomes
You should leave the course with a finished graphic novel or picture book; a range of development work that would sit well in a portfolio for art college; the ability to make zines, comics or handmade books at home and fundamental skills in illustration.

Who should attend
Suitable for anyone aged 14 - 17 years, who likes drawing, making and creating things. As well as those interested in illustration or preparing a portfolio for application to art college. A fun opportunity that will allow you to increase your confidence in this area.


Tutor Description

B. Mure is a freelance illustrator, comics creator, and scribe. Between attending British comic conventions he has done work for Google, the Horniman Museum, and the University of Exeter. He is currently producing a series of graphic novels for Avery Hill publishing where he explores the fantasy setting of Ismyre. B. studied BA Illustration at the University of the West of England and is currently studying MfA Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. His practice has informed a rich set of skills for visual storytelling, quick thinking and strong draftsmanship.


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

  • Pens and pencils in assorted colours 

  • Sketchbook (A4)

  • An old clean sock

  • A newspaper and a few scraps of fabric

  • Buttons or decorations that you like or find interesting.

There is a canteen onsite, alternatively you may wish to bring a packed lunch with you.

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