City Lit illustration projects

Course Dates: 17/10/22 - 03/04/23
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Discover your creative voice by opening to the endless possibility of illustration. Through the exploration of media, techniques and processes you will discover your unique voice and learn how to express it through image-making. The City Lit Illustration projects course will equip you with the confidence and skills to respond to industry realistic set briefs and is suitable for anyone who enjoys the process of making imagery and wants to bring more meaning to their drawing.
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Full fee £1,499.00 Senior fee £1,199.00 Concession £974.00

Course Code: VK522

Mon, day, 17 Oct - 03 Apr '23

Duration: 20 sessions (over 25 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

Illustration can be understood as imagery in context often aligned with graphic design to impart information to an audience. This course will provide you with a broader and deeper understanding of the discipline of illustration, the contexts in which it exists, and more importantly what it can be to you as a practitioner.

City Lit Illustration projects will equip you with the essential skills in idea generation, image-making and development necessary to tackle illustration assignments. You will be guided through the key illustration principles including composition and colour bringing structure and clarity to your work. The exploration of materials, techniques and processes will further expand and enhance visual repertoire and image-making potential with full access to the latest professional Adobe CC design applications in our fully equipped studio.

What will we cover?

- What is illustration? – the difference between drawing and illustration
- The design process – the industry standard structure to guide the creative journey.
- Creativity – what it is and how to stimulate and tap in to your own creativity.
- Key illustration principles including composition and colour.
- Narrative and story-telling.
- Exploration of materials, media, processes and techniques.

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

- Identify what illustration is and how it is used in industry.
- Implement the design process, the industry standard structure required to answer assignments.
-Implement your creativity to generate a range of appropriate, original and effective ideas in response to set assignment briefs.
- Research, analyse, edit and present information with both clarity and imagination.
- Apply a variety of techniques, processes and technologies to generate imagery.
- Apply knowledge of the key illustration principles to inform your own work.
- Demonstrate your unique visual perspective or voice.

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

The course is suitable for any skill level from ‘I haven’t touched a paint brush since school’ to experienced artist. There is no prerequisite with regards to your perceived ability, but that you come with curiosity and willingness to explore, experiment and play with materials and processes.
Be able to discuss your thoughts, ideas as part of your evolving critical judgement and creative awareness.

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

The course will be led by a course leader and experienced practicing illustrator, supported by an expert tutor team with advanced skills in image-making. Content will be delivered via illustrated presentations, drawing exercises and practical creative workshops. Project assignments will be set to apply your knowledge and develop you skills with group tutorials and critiques to guide your creative journey; enhance your skills in critical judgement and creative awareness; as well as monitor your progress.

The City Lit Illustration course requires a level of commitment, and therefore independent study outside the studio is recommended and encouraged. You will also have access to Google classroom as our designated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where you will be access hand-outs, briefs and collaborate with peers outside of course hours.

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

This course is supported by our partner London Graphic Centre, and upon starting the City Lit Illustration projects course, students will receive a 'starter kit'. Access to basic materials and resources are available as part of this course, but students are advised to have their own sketchbook for drawing, experimentation and recording ideas (A3 size). Other materials and equipment required as part of the course will be discussed during the Induction.

Need art supplies? As a City Lit student, our partners London Graphic Centre offer 15% student discount, from pencils to printing services. To get LGC student discount, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here-

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

For those interested in developing a portfolio of illustration work to support their next steps, please visit our website and look for our portfolio and progression courses.

Adam Graff

Adam Graff is an artist, educator, and award-winning illustrator with a wealth of industry experience. His time is divided between his professional/ personal practice and teaching. Adam is a senior lecturer with over 20 years of teaching experience. He is currently the BA illustration pathway leader at the University of Hertfordshire and has taught, lectured, and spoken on the subject across the country. Having served 12 years on the board of the Association of Illustrators he has developed a broad understanding of illustrator’s needs as well as forging close links to industry. Adam’s illustrations have been internationally published, most recently in Le Monde Diplomatique Germany and received a variety of industry awards. His impressive client list includes ANORAK magazine, BBC Worldwide, British Telecom, The Guardian, Lazy Oaf, MTV, Sainsbury’s, Science Museum, TimeOut London, The Times, and Transport for London. Adam is co-director of the Illustration collective Hero of Switzerland who have exhibited at The House of Illustration, (LIF) London Illustration Fair, OXO Tower, PICK ME UP, Somerset House, and We Built This City, Carnaby Street.

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.