Illustration: from pencil to pixel

Course Dates: 21/02/19 - 07/03/19
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Stelios Stylianou

An experimental course challenging illustrators to work with a variety of ideas and materials. Create traditional works and transform them into exciting new forms using digital media. Suitable if you have some knowledge of drawing and basic computer skills.


What is the course about?

The course is intended to introduce students to the main aspects of Photoshop and the use of a digital stylus in digital drawing techniques.
Students will be asked to bring in their own original hand drawn artwork which they will then enhance through digitising and manipulating it in photoshop.
The course will be split into learning Photoshop and practicing, developing and applying these skills to individual projects in a supported workshop.

What students liked most about this course run in 2016/17:

"This course challenged me and gave me a lot more than I expected out of it, I have gained more confidence with combining my handrawn images and photoshop." I>


What will we cover?

- Working with digital tools to mix, layer and manipulate your artwork
- Scanning images and textures
- Manipulating images to create collage or photomontage
- Superimposing and mixing images
- transforming and resizing hand-drawn elements,
- Adding hand-created colours or texture to an illustration
- Editing line work and adjusting colours.

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

- Make your own digital illustrations by manipulating your original artwork
- Use layers to edit elements independently
- Use Photoshop to combine image and type
- Scan images
- Develop your own projects using both digital and traditional processes.

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

This course is for beginners but has much to offer those with some experience who want to develop their personal projects.

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?

You will be taught through demonstrations, discussion, group and one to one assistance and notes. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Digital arts & Graphics.

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

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 further develop your skills and interest in Illustration and Graphic design through a range of courses at the City Lit in illustration, graphics and Photoshop.
You can download a PDF of all the Graphics and Illustration courses on offer at:, search on the web site or request a printed prospectus from the City Lit home page.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Book your place

Course Code: VK438

Thu, day, 21 Feb - 07 Mar '19

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £149.00
Concession: £149.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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