Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VK336
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
Drawing and image-making underpins an illustration practice. With drawing at its core Explore illustration provides the opportunity for you to expand your visual repertoire by stepping out of your regular practice and experimenting with a variety of media, materials, process, and techniques.
Observational drawing encourages you to see like an artist, seeing what is really in front of you rather than what you think is there. On this taster course you will be taken on a creative journey of exploration, curiosity and play through drawing. Working from a self-selected object you will be guided through a number drawing exercises to build a body of exciting observational drawings.
It is important for an Illustrator to have a unique and identifiable visual language or style and by exploring a variety of image-making techniques you will be able to identify a way of working that feels right for you with the view to building a body of work that could form part of your illustration portfolio.
What will we cover?
• Observational drawing using drawing exercises
• Exploration of media and materials
• Experimentation of techniques and processes
• Illustration practice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Draw from an object using a variety of media, materials, techniques, and processes.
• Feel confident using drawing to describe an object in multiple ways.
• Identify your own visual language through exploration and experimentation.
• Explain how drawing supports your illustration practice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
All are welcome - this course is suitable for all levels of ability and experience. You do not need any prior training or experience to engage with the course content.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This course will be led by an experienced practicing illustrator and senior lecturer. You will be guided through a variety of image-making exercises and techniques to achieve the best outcomes. Although there will be no set work outside of the class, we hope that you will be inspired to continue drawing and experimenting at home following the completion of the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no further costs. Basic materials and paper are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own materials and sketchbook/ paper. You are however required to bring an interesting object of your choice to work from, some cardboard (a cereal box or similar to cut up is fine) and tape (masking).
Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencil to printing services, at 15% off.
To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing email@example.com 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?
This course provides a taster for further illustration courses. You can progress onto a longer course to support your drawing/ illustration practice such as illustration for beginners. For full details about courses on offer, please visit our website.
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.