Children's book illustration projects 2

Course Dates: 21/01/22 - 25/03/22
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Explore the exciting world of children’s book illustration, developing characters, narratives and visual solutions in the second of this three stage course. The course, which offers the opportunity for artists and illustrators to explore children’s book illustration in depth, is delivered through demonstrations, discussions, lectures and practical creative projects. Students who complete all three stages of the City Lit children’s illustration course will have the opportunity to produce a substantial portfolio of work and present their final ideas and artwork in an exhibition.
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Full fee £729.00 Senior fee £583.00 Concession £445.00

Course Code: VK501B

Fri, day, 21 Jan - 25 Mar '22

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This is the second of a three stage year-long course. Through a series of tailored briefs, you will continue to develop your ideas and style using a variety of media. As well as continuing to improve your drawing and painting techniques, you will deepen your understanding of composition, the relationship between foreground and background, and the importance of narrative. You will explore story ideas and page-layout and experiment with digital options, using the studio iMacs. You will deepen your understanding of the relationship between image and text and learn how to manipulate text layers. Towards the end of Stage 2 you will explore drawing and designing for age-targeted graphic novels and comics.

Please note that you will be encouraged to generate work independently outside of the studio session.

This course will be delivered onsite in a specialist studio and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion.

What will we cover?

- Backgrounds/story setting, research strategies and composition development
- Story ideas, board books and storyboarding
- Continued support in developing your personal style whether using traditional or digital media *
- Further explore the relationship between illustration and text

*NB Although digital programmes aren't taught on this course, existing skills in applications like Photoshop or Procreate can be furthered.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Generate and develop your own story ideas
- Manipulate materials to clearly convey your intention with character and design.
- Successfully organise text and image on a page
- Create effective compositions and page layout.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is a continuation of Stage 1, though you can enrol with equivalent background knowledge. It is for all levels, whether you’re a beginner, have some art and design background or you’re a practicing illustrator. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be taught through a series of tutor demonstrations, creative briefs, practical workshops, short lectures and tutorials. Students are encouraged to also work outside of class times on further research and completion of briefs.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

The course fee covers basic materials and equipment. It would be very useful for you to bring the following: an A4 or A3 sketchbook, a notebook, HB, B and 2B pencils, an eraser and a sharpener. A USB memory stick and digital camera would be useful to record your work, though this is not essential. You will be using some computer software on this course. We have Adobe Creative Cloud (which includes Photoshop and Illustrator) on some machines in the Student Centre at City Lit. If you wish to buy your own copy to work at home, you might be eligible for a discount from Adobe:

Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencil to printing services, at 15% off.

To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation.

The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here-

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Students naturally progress onto Stage 3 of the children’s book illustration course VK501C. We also offer an advanced practice course in children’s book illustration. You can find the course outlines and available dates on the City Lit website at

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Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.