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. Discussions will offer the perspective of current publishing demands and global markets.
What will we cover?
Over the course, you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of media, including digital, collage, pen and ink, paint, crayon, pencil, wax and chalk. You will learn basic publishing terminology, and how to research and develop ideas in response to a given brief. The workshops will cover character development, design and layout, relationship of illustration to text, and an understanding of target age ranges.
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 something 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 all levels.
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 combine demonstration, group discussion and critique, 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: an A3 sketchbook, a notebook, B and 2B pencils, an eraser and a sharpener or scalpel.
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. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You will have the opportunity to discuss your own possible directions following the course. These might include taking other illustration courses, drawing classes, portfolio-building courses, art foundation, BA courses, or approaching publishers and agents for relevant illustration work (depending on previous experience).
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details