Children's book illustration: stage 2

Course Dates: 18/09/20 - 06/11/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tim Ellis

Develop your own style and characters while exploring a variety of media, techniques, design and layout possibilities. Learn how to research and develop ideas in response to a relevant brief. Basic materials included.

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What is the course about?

On this course you will be encouraged to explore your own style and characters through developing a picture book or portfolio of work. You will learn about design and layout and how to research and develop ideas. Please note: This is not a computer based course as you will be working directly with materials. There will, however, be limited access to computer equipment for tasks such as scanning and printing.

What will we cover?

Over the course, you will have the opportunity to develop your work using a variety of media, including pen and ink, watercolour, crayon, pencil, charcoal and pastel.
You will examine different approaches and styles of illustration, develop research and reference material and explore the relationship between illustration and text. The workshops will cover character development and expression, page design and layout, relationship of illustration to text, and target age ranges.

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

- Explore and develop character design
- Explore and develop ideas in response to a given brief
- Explore different methods of sequential story telling.
- Develop page layouts using text and image
- Prepare a picture book dummy and manuscript to submit to an agent or publisher.

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

This is an intermediate course, which is an ideally suited progression for those who have completed Children’s book illustration for all levels or Children's book illustration for beginners.

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.

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

The course will combine demonstration, workshop tasks, group discussion and critique, and individual tuition. You will be encouraged to contribute ideas and present your work. 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. Homework will include research and image development.

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

Please bring an A4 or A3 sketchbook and notebook to record your ideas.

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 skills further on VK400 Children's book illustration: advanced practice , VK547 Children's book writing and illustration workshop or compliment your illustration skills with a range of courses in illustration, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.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).


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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: VK379

Fri, eve, 18 Sep - 06 Nov '20

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

Full fee: £319.00
Senior fee: £319.00
Concession: £195.00

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