Botanical illustration: stage 3

Course Dates: 24/04/20 - 19/06/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Gita Hahn

Botanical illustration is popular in branding, advertising, textile design and book illustrations. On this advanced practical course you will develop traditional techniques in botanical illustration and then transforms these into vibrant and versatile digital designs using Adobe Illustrator. Invaluable for your professional portfolio.


What is the course about?

On this course you will learn how to create digital designs from hand drawn botanical illustrations for use in textiles, illustration and graphics. You will start with developing your botanical drawing skills using traditional techniques. You will then learn how to scan your images and enhance and transform them using the professional software Adobe Illustrator. This offers you the opportunity to create versatile digital versions of your designs for use across different disciplines and enhance your professional portfolio.

What will we cover?

- Drawing Forms from Nature
- Colour Mixing
- Rendering details, textures and pattern
- Scanning images
- Placing into Illustrator
- Tracing and manipulating
- Creating repeated patterns
- Saving work using the appropriate format.

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

- Draw botanical subjects with scientific accuracy
- Mix colours to correspond with observed colours
- Successfully execute tonal gradation, texture and pattern
- Trace images into Adobe Illustrator
- Create repeated patterns
- Manipulate into graphic designs
- Save work using the appropriate format.

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

The level is advanced. You will be expected to have done a beginners course in drawing or have some experience in representational drawing. You are also expected to have some experience in using a computer for finding, opening and saving files, and using drop down menus.

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

Through practical demonstrations both to the group and to individuals. Group discussions and feedback are encouraged.

You will be taught using a range of techniques including, demonstrations, practical exercises, group and individual assistance and hand-outs. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in digital Illustration work.
You will be encouraged to practice and develop ideas between classes and will receive instructions about this in the class.

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

Please bring in a memory stick or portable hard drive on which to back up your digital work, please note most PC formatted memory sticks and hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but some cannot be not written to.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy.

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

Develop your skills in drawing from nature further with VK440 Natural history illustration and digital illustration skills with VK480 Photoshop for illustration: intensive. City Lit offer a range of courses in Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign to enhance your Illustration practice.

Tutor Biographies
Joanne Roberts Tutor Website

Joanne trained in art at The Slade School of Fine Art where she achieved a Masters of Fine Art. She then went on to train in illustration at Putney School of Art and Botanical illustration at Edinburgh Botanical Gardens. She now works as a freelance artist and illustrator exhibiting throughout Britain, Germany, Italy and the United States, illustrating books and records for Strange Attractor press, Kumon, Mottomotto and Exgratia among others. Joanne teaches Botanical illustration and Natural History illustration at CityLit and South London Botanical Institute. She says “there is something very enjoyable about teaching people how to slow down and really look at the natural world around them.”

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.

Book your place

Course Code: VK355

Fri, day, 24 Apr - 19 Jun '20

Duration: 8 sessions (over 9 weeks)

Full fee: £549.00
Senior fee: £439.00
Concession: £335.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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