Children's book illustration for beginners

Course Dates: 10/06/22 - 15/07/22
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Keeley Street
This short couse in children's book illustration with provide you withaAn introduction to character design, layout, and visual storytelling. Develop your own style while exploring a variety of media and learning to research and develop ideas in response to a given brief.
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Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00

Course Code: VK603

Fri, day, 10 Jun - 15 Jul '22

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

You will examine different approaches and styles of illustration, and through experimentation with a variety of media, will learn how to tackle the development of ideas and character. You will explore the relationship between illustration and text, familiarise yourself with research strategies, and begin to develop a personal visual language. We will discuss and explore current publishing demands and global markets.

What will we cover?

Over the course, you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of media: pen and ink, watercolour, crayon, pencil, charcoal and pastel, collage. You will examine the relationship between illustration and text, familiarise yourself with research strategies, and begin to develop a personal visual language.

The workshops will cover character development, colour palettes, design and layout, relationship of illustration to text, basic publishing terminology and understanding of target age ranges and markets.

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

- Understand the relationship between illustration and text
- Explore and develop character, narrative, and research strategies
- Generate ideas in response to a given brief
- Use a range of relevant media
- Understand some of the varying demands of publishers in relation to age range, gender and markets.

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

The course is for beginners in relation to the Children’s Book Illustration, but you will gain the most from this course if you have good drawing skills.

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.

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

The course will combine demonstration, group discussion and sharing, and individual tuition. You will be encouraged to contribute ideas and present your work. Homework will include research and image development.

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 equipment to develop and record images and ideas: A hardback A4 or A3 sketchbook, HB, 3B & 6B pencils, black drawing pen/s, and a USB stick for recording work.

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

You can develop your skills further on ....Children's book writing and illustration workshop or compliment your illustration skills with a range of courses in illustration, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.

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.