Illustration for beginners

Course Dates: 03/03/22 - 07/04/22
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Learn to communicate ideas through image making. Create a body of illustration work using a variety of traditional and contemporary tools and techniques including collage, cut outs, drawing, paint, 3D objects and digital.
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Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00

Course Code: VK405

Available start dates 

Thu, day, 03 Mar - 07 Apr '22

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

The course is about learning the processes and techniques to communicate ideas through image-making. You will be guided through the process of answering to a brief. You will learn ways to research a subject, and how to begin generating and communicating ideas visually. You will be introduced to a variety of traditional and contemporary tools and techniques including collage, cut-outs, drawing, paint, 3D objects and digital, and will be encouraged to evaluate the context in order to select the most appropriate. You will explore the relationship between text and image. You will be introduced to different approaches in visual story-telling. You will start to create a portfolio of work using a range of media and will learn about the priorities of setting up your own illustration practice.

What previous students liked most about their course:
“The teacher was very encouraging and there was a good, friendly and supportive atmosphere in class.”
“The tutor was brilliant – she helped us explore our ideas and become more confident in our techniques.”
“Learning so many new things. The freedom to create in a supportive environment.”


What will we cover?

- Communicating an idea
- Material exploration
- Text and image
- Narratives
- Practicalities of the illustration practice.

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 wide range of media, select medium appropriate to subject matter
- Explore the relationship between text and image, evaluate context
- Communicate a narrative through a single image and sequential narratives.

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

This is a beginners course and is aimed at those who are new to the field of illustration. No particular skills are necessary.

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?

Learners will be taught via practical demonstrations supported by 1:1 guidence. Learners will have access to a course Googleclassroom to support additional information including extention activities. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers and the latest versions of Adobe Creative suite.

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

The course includes all basic materials and equipment. Learners are advised to bring a sketchbook of your choice and a selection of pens and pencils. Any additional materials required as part of the course, will be introduced to you by the course tutor.

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 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?

Develop your skills further with our Illustration projects course. For further details and the full range of courses availble within illustration and graphic design, please visit our website.

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.