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Introduction to Children's Book Illustration

Introduction to Children's Book Illustration



The current Children’s book illustration market is highly vibrant and dynamic and the art of visual storytelling is an ever-evolving tradition that is constantly being added to and redefined. Children’s book illustration is one of the most fully rounded visual art traditions encompassing a vast array of skills that are highly transferable across creative industries.


Detailed Description

This course will introduce you to different approaches and styles of illustration, and through experimentation with a variety of media youwill learn how to tackle the development of ideas and character. During the course we will explore the relationship between illustration and text, explore research strategies and begin to develop a personal visual language. We will also discuss and explore current publishing demands and global markets.

  • Drawing, materials and mark making exercises.
  • Creating Characters: Introduction to methods of creating a character. Students will research and create several animal characters in different shapes.
  • Creating Characters: Explore facial expressions, simple methods of drawing children and character consistency.
  • Materials 1: Create characters using watercolour and coloured pencil and pen and ink
  • Materials 2: Create characters using oil pastel and collage.
  • Narrative: Break down a simple story into 8 images, then using a story they want to work with for the rest of the course, students break the story down into a 32 page story board.
  • Layout and composition: Select a page or double page spread from their story board and sketch out and plan a final illustration.
  • Students will work individually on their final illustrations
  • Overview and discussion of contemporary Childrens’ book Illustration Market. Students continue with their illustrations.
  • Group critique of final illustrations and final questions of the course.

By the end of the course, students will be able to;

  • Understand the relationship between illustration and text
  • Explore and develop character, narrative, and research strategies
  • Generate ideas in response to a given brief
  • Use a range of relevant media
  • Understand some of the varying demands of publishers in relation to age range, gender and markets

The course is suitable for beginners to children’s book illustration but you will gain the most from this course if you have basic drawing skills.

Dates: 17.01.18 - 21.03.18

Day: Wednesday, 17.30 - 20.30

Duration: One evening a week for 10 weeks