Children's book illustration: developing personal projects

Course Dates: 21/10/22 - 16/12/22
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Children’s book illustration: developing personal projects will support you in both the research, development and production of your own children’s book project. Develop your own style, working with a variety of media and exploring design and layout possibilities. Image - Harriet Lynas.
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Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00

Course Code: VK379

Available start dates 

Fri, eve, 21 Oct - 16 Dec '22

Duration: 8 sessions (over 9 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

On this course you will be encouraged to explore your own style and characters through developing a personal project. You will build upon initial ideas, including characters and narratives already initiated into prosed layouts. You will develop strategies in how to research and develop a body of reference material. You will gain insight and skills in producing a dummy book that reflects your personal children’s book project.

What will we cover?

• Material and medium selection appropriate to design ideas and work.
• Different approaches and styles of illustration.
• How to develop research and reference material for personal projects.
• Explore the relationship between illustration and text.
• Dummy book and manuscript production.

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

• Develop ideas in response to a given brief
• Develop character design
• Explore different methods of sequential story telling
• Develop page layouts using text and image
• Prepare a picture book dummy and manuscript.

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

This course is for intermediate learners and those who have already completed a beginner’s course or can demonstrate the appropriate skills and knowledge required to develop a personal projects.

You should be able to follow verbal and written instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information. You will be encouraged to take short written notes for your own use and take part in group discussions.

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

You will be taught via practical demonstrations, workshop tasks, group discussion and critique, and individual tuition. You will be encouraged to contribute ideas and present your work.

Additional / extension tasks may be set for you to complete at home or outside of the course hours. Completion of additional tasks is encouraged to help you get the most out of the course. Where required your tutor will discuss these with you during each session.

This course is supported by Google Classroom as a Virtual Learning Environment. When you log on you will be able to access course material, presentations and handouts etc. and may be asked to complete learner progress records. You can find help via the student help centre on the Citylit website.

Please note it is important that you sign up and log in to your course Google classroom prior to the first session. Joining detail will be sent to you via email (check your junk/spam folder).

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

Access to basic materials and resources are available as part of this course. We advise learners to bring an A4 or A3 sketchbook and notebook to record your ideas and any visual material they wish to work with as part of the course.

Other materials and equipment required as part of the course will be discussed by your tutor during the first session.

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

To get 15% LGC discount, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply 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?

Continue your personal project with our regular developing personal projects course or take your skills, knowledge and work to the next stage with Children's book illustration: advanced practice. For more information and a full list of courses available, please visit our website.

Tim Ellis

Tim is passionate about illustration, books and storytelling and loves teaching at City Lit. He runs a number of courses in children’s book illustration and illustration. He’s thrilled that a some of his past students from his courses have gone on to gain recognition in the highly esteemed Macmillan Prize competition, including a second place win for Harriet Lynas in 2016. Tim’s past students have also gone on to get artists agents (United Agents, Bright Agency, Plum Pudding, Advocate) and have had picture books, early readers and non-fiction books published (Nosy Crow, Andersen Press, Oxford University Press, Hodder Children's Books, John Lewis, Caterpillar Books, Child’s Play Library, Orangutang Books, Sky Pony Press, New Frontier Publishing and Little Simon). Tim studied illustration at Anglia Ruskin University and Central Saint Martins. Since graduating, Tim been working as an illustrator and teaching, with commissions across editorial, design and advertising. Select clients include The Guardian, The Financial Times, Penguin Books, Make a Wish Foundation, BBC, BT, Orange Mobile, and Honda. Tim’s illustrated debut novel Harklights will be published by Usborne Books this autumn.

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.