Introduction to illustration

Course Dates: 19/02/24 - 25/03/24
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Our 'Introduction' courses provide a perfect way-in to a creative field.

Illustration is a form of visual communication which often exists alongside text. Illustrations can help to explain or clarify (or sometimes contradict) the words on a page. Most of all, you could say, they bring the message 'alive', by making it more immediate and exciting. For this reason, illustrations are found across books, magazines, newspapers, websites and social media channels.

Learn how to create powerful illustrations on our exciting range of Illustration courses.
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  • Course Code: VZ405
  • Dates: 19/02/24 - 25/03/24
  • Time: 14:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Mon, Daytime
  • Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Adam Graff

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Started Mon, day, 19 Feb - 25 Mar '24

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course is an introduction to the practical and conceptual (thinking) skills integral to the discipline of Illustration. Beyond this, learn about the movements and styles which have shaped the field of Illustration over the years, and how to find your place there.

What will we cover?

• The key elements of illustration: line, tone, colour, texture, shape, pattern.
• A variety of dry and wet media; pencils, paints, collage, etc.
• How to create images which communicate simple information/narrative.
• Researching, developing and realising simple illustrations in response to a brief.
• The different applications of illustration, from print media to digital.
• The key movements and styles within the subject area.

• No computer software is taught on this course.

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

• Manipulate imagery to communicate simple information /narrative.
• Research, develop and realise simple illustrations in response to a brief.
• Discuss the different applications of illustration and the key movements and styles.

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

This course is suitable for beginners.

English-language competency is required: you should be able to follow verbal and written instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information. You may need 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?

- Presentations
- Demonstrations
- Practical work
- Individual and group tutoring
- Group discussion

Additional/extension activities may be set for you to complete at home or outside of the course hours. Completion of additional tasks is encouraged to help you get the most out of the course. Where required your tutor will discuss these with you.

This course is supported by Google Classroom as a Virtual Learning Environment. When you log on you will be able to access course material, presentations, and handouts etc. and may be asked to complete learner progress records. You can find help via the student help centre on the City Lit website.

Please note it is important that you sign up and log in to your course Google classroom prior to the first session. Joining detail will be sent to you via email (check your junk/spam folder).

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

At City Lit, access to basic materials and resources are available as part of this course. We advise you to bring a A5/A4 sketchbook for the recording of ideas and an A3 folder and/or a USB drive, to transport work to and from City Lit. Additional materials required as part of the course will be discussed by your tutor if required.

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

To get 15% LGC discount, you will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment and being a student at City Lit. You can apply in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. 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?

We recommend looking at our Developing Illustration course as a next step in your progression. In addition, we offer a range of courses and specialist workshops within graphic design, illustration, children’s book illustration and graphic novels.

For more information about any of the courses on offer, please visit our website.

Adam Graff

Adam Graff is an educator and award-winning illustrator with a wealth of industry experience. Adam's time is divided between his professional/personal practice and teaching. He is a senior lecturer with over 25 years teaching experience currently heading the BA illustration pathway at the University of Hertfordshire and has taught, lectured and spoken on the subject across the country. Having served 12 years on the Association of Illustrators board 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 and received a variety of industry awards most recently World Illustration Awards 2023 longlisted artist. His impressive client list include: ANORAK magazine, BBC Worldwide, BT, The Guardian, Lazy Oaf, MTV, Sainsbury’s, Science Museum, Time Out London, and The Times. He is also co-director of the Illustration collective Hero of Switzerland who have exhibited at The House of Illustration; London Illustration Fair; PICK ME UP, Somerset House, and We Built This City. Adam has some rather unusual collections, but you'll have to ask him about those.

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.