Explore children's book illustration

Course Dates: 17/02/23
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Keeley Street
Explore the world of children’s book illustration and discover the breadth of skills you can develop to successfully compete in the industry. Find out about progression courses to support your next steps.
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Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00

Course Code: VK343

Fri, day, 17 Feb - 17 Feb '23

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This short course will provide an illustrated and guided introduction into the world of children’s book illustration, with an opportunity to discover the breadth of skills you can develop to successfully compete in the industry.

What will we cover?

• Children’s book publishing and the role of the illustrator within it
• Characters and narratives, where to start
• Different mediums and how to select
• Progression routes and next step courses
• The possibilities of working within the children’s book industry.

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

• Explain various approaches and styles in relation to Children’s book illustration
• Discuss the relationship between text and image
• Discuss ideas in relation to characters and narratives
• Identify next steps and progression.

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

This course is ideal for beginners and is aimed at those who are new to the field of children’s book illustration. No particular skills are necessary, we welcome all those who are looking to be creative.

You should be able to follow verbal and written instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information. You will be encouraged to take short written notes for your own use and take part in group discussions.

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

The course will combine demonstration, group discussion and some individual exploration. You will be encouraged to contribute thoughts.

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

Access to basic materials and resources are available as part of this course. You are advised to bring a sketchbook. Any additional materials required as part of the course, will be discussed by your course tutor.

Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencil to printing services, at 15% off.

To get 15% LGC 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 info@londongraphics.co.uk 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- https://www.londongraphics.co.uk/student-discounts/.

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

Our explore courses are designed to provide you with the information you need around your next creative steps. To find out more about our Children’s book illustration projects course, or alternative courses in developing children’s book illustration work, please visit our website.

Tim Ellis

Tim is passionate about illustration, books and storytelling and loves teaching at City Lit. He runs a number of courses in children’s book illustration and illustration. He’s thrilled that a some of his past students from his courses have gone on to gain recognition in the highly esteemed Macmillan Prize competition, including a second place win for Harriet Lynas in 2016. Tim’s past students have also gone on to get artists agents (United Agents, Bright Agency, Plum Pudding, Advocate) and have had picture books, early readers and non-fiction books published (Nosy Crow, Andersen Press, Oxford University Press, Hodder Children's Books, John Lewis, Caterpillar Books, Child’s Play Library, Orangutang Books, Sky Pony Press, New Frontier Publishing and Little Simon). Tim studied illustration at Anglia Ruskin University and Central Saint Martins. Since graduating, Tim been working as an illustrator and teaching, with commissions across editorial, design and advertising. Select clients include The Guardian, The Financial Times, Penguin Books, Make a Wish Foundation, BBC, BT, Orange Mobile, and Honda. Tim’s illustrated debut novel Harklights will be published by Usborne Books this autumn.

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.