Children's book illustration: advanced projects

Course Dates: 14/01/22 - 18/03/22
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
An intensive highly focused follow up course to develop design, drawing, imagination, characterisation and narrative skills. Ideal if you’re planning to prepare a portfolio for presentation to publishers or wishing to further develop your skills and imagination.

See what you could create –
view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration courses

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £271.00

Course Code: VK400

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Fri, eve, 14 Jan - 18 Mar '22

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Center for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

You will explore character design, story ideas, themes, and page layout. Develop your own style while exploring a variety of media and learn to research and develop ideas in response to a given brief.

What previous students liked most about this course:

“Tim’s enthusiasm, encouragement and knowledge of the industry. Also looking at other illustrators styles. I have enjoyed this course so much and it has really boosted my motivation. Sad that it’s finished. Thank you Tim!.”


This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Over the course, you will have the opportunity to develop your work using a variety of media, depending on your choice (see below).
You will examine different approaches and styles of illustration, develop research and reference material and explore the relationship between illustration and text. The workshops will cover character development and expression, page design and layout, relationship of illustration to text, and target age ranges.

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

• explore and develop character design
• explore and develop ideas in response to a given brief
• explore different methods of sequential story telling
• develop page layouts using text and image
• prepare a picture book dummy and manuscript to submit to an agent or publisher.

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

This is an advanced course, which is a progression and aimed at those who have completed Children’s book illustration for beginners.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, as appropriate to a course delivered online, 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.

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

Emphasis on the course will be on individual tuition and development towards outcomes discussed with the course tutor. You will be encouraged to contribute ideas to group discussion and present your work in critiques.

You will examine different approaches and styles of illustration, develop your own ideas and characters, create illustrations and evaluate the success of these. Homework will include research and image development.

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

As this course is delivered online, you will need to provide your own materials. As a minimum, you will require an A4 or A3 sketchbook, pencils in a range of grades, an eraser and sharpener. Beyond this, the choice is yours, but we would recommend some of the following: pen and ink, watercolour, crayon, charcoal, pastel. Your tutor will be able to advise, as the course progresses.

Besides these, you will need to have the following, as essentials:
- email address
- reliable internet connection
- computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (we recommend Google Chrome)
- digital camera or smartphone to document your work for sharing on Google Classroom.

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

You can develop your Illustration skills further digitally with VG572 Drawing and colouring in Adobe Illustrator: intermediate or VK480 Photoshop for illustration: intensive. You can also revise and compliment your skills through a range of courses in illustration, children's book illustration and animation.
In addition to our expanding range of advanced long courses, you will find a new and growing range of professional practice workshops in the school of Visual Arts, aimed at providing support, skills and context, and developing communities of practice. These workshops can be taken individually, according to need or interest, or as complementary components of a modular course, which you design for yourself; either way, they are there to provide you with the skills, knowledge and connections you need to take your advanced creative practice forward.

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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.