Illustration projects 1
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VK522A
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
Illustration is about image-making in context often aligned with graphic design to impart information to an audience. This course, delivered in 3 parts will primarily give you a deeper understanding of what illustration is, what it can be, and the context in which it exists.
Throughout the course, you will explore a variety of image-making processes and through experimentation and play identify and develop your authentic voice, which can be utilised to respond to set assignments and ultimately commercial projects.
Part 1 lays the foundations of your practice equipping you with the essential skills necessary to tackle illustration assignments. It provides an understanding of illustration as a discipline and it’s ever expanding professional context. You will be exposed to a variety of image-making processes, techniques and methodologies to expand your visual repertoire and begin to engage with your unique voice.
What will we cover?
- What is illustration?
- The design process – the structure for the creative journey.
- Creativity – what it is and how to stimulate and tap in to your own creativity.
- Experimentation & exploration of materials, media, processes and techniques
- Creating mood, flavour and atmosphere through colour, texture and form.
- History of illustration up to 20th Century.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify what illustration is and how it is used in industry.
- Implement the design process, the industry standard structure required to answer assignments.
- Implement creativity to generate a range of appropriate, original and effective ideas in response to set assignment briefs.
- Apply a variety of techniques, processes and technologies to generate imagery.
- Demonstrate your unique visual perspective or voice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for any skill level from ‘picking up’ from high-school Art to experienced artist.
There is no prerequisite with regards to your perceived ability, but that you come with curiosity and an openness to explore, experiment and play.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be led by an experienced practicing illustrator and senior lecturer supported by expert practitioners with advanced skills in image-making.
Content will be delivered via illustrated presentations, creative exercises and practical workshops. Project assignments will be set to apply your knowledge and develop you skills with group tutorials and critiques to monitor your progress, and enhance your skills in critical judgement and creative awareness.
Each Part of the City Lit Illustration course requires a high level of commitment, and therefore independent study outside the studio is strongly encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Students will need an A3 sketchbook for drawing, experimentation, recording ideas etc.
A good selection of artist’s materials including some but not all of the following (see attached list)
An A3 size plastic folder/ portfolio to transport work.
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/studentdiscounts/.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Continue your progression and development with Illustration projects 2. We also offer long course projects in printmaking, graphic design and photography.