Children's book illustration: preparation of portfolio and visual outcomes

Course Dates: 09/05/22 - 18/07/22
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Online
An opportunity to continue developing your professional children's book illustration practice. Hone 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: VO274

Mon, day, 09 May - 18 Jul '22

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

A project-based course designed to help you continue developing your drawing skills and character design. Continue exploring innovative layout and narrative in your story-boarding, whilst gaining a greater insight into the requirements of the industry. Continue to hone your style and clarify your personal visual language. A supportive forum in which to develop ideas in response to a given brief or personal project, 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?

- Publishing terminology
- Research and development of ideas in response to a given brief or personal project
- Character design and development
- Page layout and composition
- The relationship between illustration to text
- Building a portfolio
- Approaching an agent or publisher
- Building an online presence.

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 the final stage of our Children's book illustration course and students who have completed the previous courses to ensure they have the correct skills and work in order to get the most out of the course. This course will focus on consolidating information and work from previous courses.

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

Alongside indivudal and group guidance, you will be encouraged to develop work outside of the class and scheduled sessions. 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 at the first class: 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.

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?

Have a personal project or idea you want to explore? Why not look at our personal projects courses in Children's book illustration. Ready for the next steps? Have a look at our Adavcne practice course in Children's book illustration. For further details and our range of 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.