Children's book illustration

Children's Book Illustration Courses Online & in London

Release the inner child in yourself and bring those creative and imaginative ideas to life as you delve into the magical world of children’s book illustration. Work with professional writers and illustrators in the creative field to support drawing skills, character design and how to develop a visual narrative, working towards your very own children’s picture book.

Move designs from thumbnail sketches onto the computer using the latest Adobe CC software and even learn how to draw with a Wacom tablet. Work on creative briefs, sharing ideas and collaborating with other students. Gain confidence in how to pitch ideas, what’s needed for commercial commissions and how to successfully move into the industry as a freelance children’s book illustrator. 

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Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.


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  1. Explore children's book illustration
    Course start date:  Fri 19 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis
    EXPLORE how we learn at City Lit!

    These sessions will introduce you not only to a subject, but also to how we teach it; the tutors and their teaching methodologies, our facilities at City Lit, and possible progression routes through subject-areas.

    At the end of the session, you should have a good idea of the subject, the tutors, life at City Lit, and crucially, how our courses can take you to where you want to go.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  2. Children's book illustration: portfolio preparation
    Course start date:  Fri 26 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dee Shulman
    This course is for experienced Children’s Book Illustration learners who wish to put together a portfolio of their illustration work for applications to City Lit Advanced courses, higher education, or agents and publishers. Some learners may also wish to create a ‘dummy’ picture book, for the same purposes.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £324.00
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