Children's book illustration: stage 2

Course Dates: 11/05/20 - 13/07/20
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Judit Ferencz

Develop your knowledge of the children's book illustration industry and your professional children's book illustration practice. Get creative and innovative in your character design, storyboarding and layout skills, develop your professional portfolio and get critical feedback in a supportive environment.


What is the course about?

An opportunity to develop your character design, layout and story-boarding, whilst gaining a greater understanding of the industry. Explore a variety of media as you hone your style and clarify your personal visual language. A supportive forum in which to develop ideas in response to a given brief, using your research and reference collecting skills. Basic materials provided.

What will we cover?

- Essential publishing terminology
- Research and development of ideas in response to a given brief
- Character design and development
- Page layout and composition
- The relationship between illustration to text
- Understanding target age ranges
- How to approach an agent or publisher.

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

- Research, generate and communicate ideas to answer a brief
- Explore working with a range of media, select medium appropriate to subject matter
- Explore the dynamic relationship between text and image, evaluate context
- Communicate a narrative through a single image and sequential narratives
- Develop a print/digital portfolio.

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

This is a Stage 2 course and is aimed at those who have completed a previous illustration course. Some drawing skills are an advantage.

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

You will be encouraged to develop some of the work outside the class. This will include research, idea and image development. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Digital arts, Graphics & Illustration and Photography.

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

The course covers basic materials and equipment. It would be useful for you to have the following equipment at the first class: sketchbook of your choice, pens and pencils. You will be introduced to art materials, which you may find useful for your personal practice and and where you could purchase them. It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to.) CDs/DVDs are available.

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 *Terms and conditions apply, visit

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

You can develop your Illustration skills further in VK550 Children's book illustration: advanced practice. City Lit offer a range of courses in Illustration, Graphic Design, Animation, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to enhance your illustration practice.


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This course is a great start for people who have any foundation in drawing (even limited) who want to come up with and hash out story ideas. Make sure you are involved with group feedback and explore new story ideas to push yourself.
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Course Code: VK553

Mon, day, 11 May - 13 Jul '20

Duration: 9 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £339.00
Senior fee: £271.00
Concession: £207.00

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