Children's book illustration: developing stories and narratives

Course Dates: 09/05/22 - 18/07/22
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Online
Develop your knowledge of the children's book industry and your professional children's book illustration practice. Get creative and innovative in your character design, storyboarding and layout skills, develop your professional portfolio and get critical feedback in a supportive environment.
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 £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00

Course Code: VO270

Available start dates 

Mon, day, 09 May - 18 Jul '22

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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What is the course about?

An opportunity to develop your character design, layout and story-boarding, whilst gaining a greater understanding of the industry. Explore a variety of media as you hone your style and clarify your personal visual language. A supportive forum in which to develop ideas in response to a given brief, using your research and reference collecting skills.

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?

- Essential publishing terminology
- Research and development of ideas in response to a given brief
- Character design and development
- Page layout and composition
- The relationship between illustration to text
- Identifying target age ranges
- Building a portfolio.

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

- Research, generate and communicate ideas in response to a brief
- Explore working with a range of media and select the medium appropriate to subject matter
- Explore the dynamic relationship between text and image and evaluate context
- Communicate a narrative through single and sequential images.
- Develop a print/digital portfolio.

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

This is an ideal next step course for students who have completed the introduction to characters and ideas course or who have previous experience. Basic drawing skills and understanding of basic terminology will be an advantage.

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

You will be encouraged to develop work outside the class. This will include research as well as idea and image development.

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

It would be useful for you to have the following equipment for the first session: sketchbook/paper of your choice, pens and pencils, coloured pencils. During the course you will be introduced to a variety of art materials, which you may find useful for your personal practice and where you could purchase them.

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

Move towards the final phase of this course in preparing your Children's book portfolio and final visual outcomes or even consider progressing onto our Adance practice course. For all details about our courses on offer, please visit our website.

Dee Shulman Tutor Website

Dee studied English at York University, and Illustration at Harrow School of Art, and has worked as a writer and illustrator ever since – from book-jackets, theatre posters, magazine illustration, graphic novels, to Young Adult and children’s books. She has written and/or illustrated over 50 books ranging from board books to Young Adult. She is published in the UK by Penguin, Random House, Harper Collins, OUP, Barrington Stoke, Heinemann & A & C Black, with co-editions in Germany, Russia, China, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Serbia, Poland, France, Finland, Italy, Holland, Korea, USA, and Japan. Dee has exhibited at the Illustration Cupboard London; Royal National Theatre; Barbican Centre; AOI Gallery; Lyric Theatre Hammersmith; Arnolfini; Ulster Museum; Nottingham Museum; Stirling Gallery; Rochdale Gallery; McRoberts Gallery; and Citylit Gallery. Dee loves tutoring at Citylit, and runs courses on Children’s Book Illustration, Drawing for Graphic Novel and Illustration. It is her mission to create a warm, supportive and creative workplace to help students explore and develop their skills, imagination and potential.

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.