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Introduction to Illustration

Introduction to Illustration



In our highly visual contemporary culture, communicating ideas through visually arresting images is becoming an increasingly essential skill. Learning to visualise text and ideas in both single images and in narrative form is essential for aspiring illustrators and also provides highly transferable skills to those involved throughout the creative industry and beyond.


Detailed Description

The course is about learning the processes and techniques to communicate ideas through image-making. You will be guided through the process of answering to a brief and you will learn to research a subject, generate and communicate ideas. During this course you will be introduced to a variety of traditional and contemporary tools and techniques including collage, cut-outs, drawing, paint, 3D objects and digital and will evaluate the context in order to select the most appropriate. You will also explore the relationship between text and image and be introduced to different approaches in visual story-telling.

During the course you will create a portfolio of work using a range of media and be given an insight into what's involved in setting up an illustration practice.

  • Drawing exercises and a self portrait exercise.
  • Materials and mark making: experimenting with pen and ink, collage watercolour, pastel and mixed media in order to create imagery.
  • Editorial Illustration: Analysis of existing editorial illustration, survey of contemporary editorial illustration, exploration of relationship between text and image, working on an editorial brief.
  • Editorial Continued: Completing mixed media editorial brief including analysis and discussion of selecting appropriate materials and colours.
  • Narrative Illustration: Exercise involving converting a written story into a panel or 8 images. Narrative illustration brief where students use randomly selected words to create a simple narrative which will be developed into a 6 page book.
  • Narrative Illustration: Work continued working on completing book project
  • Narrative Illustration: Completion and group critique of book project. Then demonstrations on book cover illustration, hand drawn type and model making.
  • Book cover/ 3d illustration: students to work individually to create either a book cover image or a model based on their book.
  • Overview and discussion of contemporary Illustration Market, Self editing and creating a portfolio.
  • Photoshop basics: scanning and cleaning up work to create a series of jpegs for a web/print portfolio. Final Questions

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

  • Research, generate and communicate ideas to answer a brief?
  • Explore working with a wide range of media, select medium appropriate to subject matter?
  • Explore the relationship between text and image, evaluate context?
  • Communicate a narrative through a single image and sequential narratives?
  • Develop a print/ web portfolio

The course is suitable for beginners and those wanting to improve drawing and visual communication skills.

Dates: 17.02.18 - 24.03.18
Day: Saturday, 11.00 - 17.00
Duration: One day a week for 6 weeks