Start illustration

Course Dates: 30/03/22 - 13/04/22
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Enjoy drawing and would like to expand your skill set then this course might be just the ticket. Drawing underpins illustration and on this course you will experiment with a variety of media, materials, process, and techniques working towards finding your own unique voice.
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Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00

Course Code: VK336

Wed, eve, 30 Mar - 13 Apr '22

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

Drawing underpins illustration. With drawing at its core Start illustration provides the opportunity for you to expand your visual repertoire by 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 short course you will be taken on a creative journey of experimentation, exploration and play through drawing. Working from a self-selected object over the 3 weeks you will be guided through a number techniques and exercises to build a body of exciting observational drawings.

It is important for an Illustrator to have a unique an 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 portfolio.

What will we cover?

- Observational drawing using drawing exercises
- Exploration of media and materials
- Exploration 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.
- Through exploration and experimentation identify your own visual language.
- Understand 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?

You will be guided through a variety of image-making exercises and techniques to achieve a body of exciting work. There will be no set work outside the class, but we hope that you will be inspired to continue drawing and experimenting at home between the sessions and 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. For the first session you are required to bring a small object of your choice to work from.

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?

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.

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.