City Lit children's book illustration: part 3
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VK501C
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
This is the third of a three stage year-long course. Through a series of tailored briefs, you will further develop your ideas and style using a variety of media working in spreads, sequential images and age-targeted graphic novels and comics. As well as continuing to improve your drawing and painting techniques, you will deepen your understanding of composition, the relationship between foreground and background and the importance of narrative.
You will continue to explore story ideas and page-layout, experiment with digital options as well as gain an understanding of who’s who in the industry and day to day publishing requirements. You will continue building your portfolio and learn how to present your work to publishers. Please note that you will be encouraged to carry out research, reading and generate work independently outside of the studio session.
This course will be delivered onsite in a specialist studio and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged.
What will we cover?
- llustration for Younger Readers and Middle Grade
- Graphic novels for children: character design, layout and format
- Further development of narrative, story boarding and finished artwork techniques
- Self-promotional material
- Portfolio: editing, presentation and approaching industry.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand how to develop your work for Younger Readers and Middle Grade
- Understand how to develop and design your stories as graphic novels
- Make greater use of page layout and composition
- Create effective promotional material that reflects your own style
- Understand how to approach an agent or publisher.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is for all levels, though an art and design background would be an advantage. 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.
Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be taught through a series of tutor demonstrations, creative briefs, practical workshops, short lectures and tutorials. Students are encouraged to also work outside of class times on further reading, research and completion of homework.
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: an A4 or A3 sketchbook, a notebook, HB, B and 2B pencils, an eraser and a sharpener. A USB memory stick and digital camera would be useful to record your work, though this is not essential. You will be using some computer software on this course. We have Adobe Creative Cloud (which includes Photoshop and Illustrator) on some machines in the Student Centre at City Lit. If you wish to buy your own copy to work at home, you might be eligible for a discount from Adobe:https://www.adobe.com/uk/creativecloud/buy/students.html
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 email@example.com 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- https://www.londongraphics.co.uk/student-discounts/.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We offer an advanced practice course in children’s book illustration. You can find the course outlines and available dates on the City Lit website at http://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses.
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.