Fundamentals of Illustration

with artist and tutor Marie-Alice Harel

Fridays from 6.30pm - 9.00pm

From Friday 20th September to 

Friday 29th November

(No class Friday 18th October)

13a Great King Street, EH3 6QW


Illustration encompasses many forms of visual communication, from narrative images, book and magazine illustrations, to product design and advertising. The aim of this course is to give you an introduction and develop your understanding of illustration, building on technical skills to grow your creative practice. We will learn how images work and how to construct an illustration from research through final artwork to support an idea or a story.


Each week we will focus on a specific subject (composition, colour, character design …), starting with a little bit of basic theory and then build up on those concepts with a practical exercise. You will be encouraged to develop your own visual language by experimenting with various techniques and materials in a positive environment, with lots of one-to-one support. While you will work individually, group feedback and discussions will also be encouraged, taking this chance to be inspired and learn from each other.

After a series of assignments, you will be able to develop a personal project over the last three classes.


Previous drawing experience is desirable but not essential. This course is suited to complete beginners, as well as students who wish to brush up on the basics of illustration or develop their creative practice. Marie-Alice teaches a 'Developing Illustration' class for more advanced students, on Thursday nights.

Materials List

Please have the following materials for the course:


(please note that Greyfriars art shops (Candlemaker Row & Dundas St) and the Art Shop in Tollcross offer 10% discount to those taking classes at EDS)

- paper sheets or sketchbook (A4, or larger)

- pencil and eraser

- your preferred materials to work with colour (pencils, pens, watercolour, pastels... no oil or acrylic for practical reasons)

- heavyweight white paper (for mixed media)

- masking tape

- black indian ink and some brushes. 

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The Edinburgh Drawing School,

13a Great King Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6QW

0131 556 0971  |   07791 121313

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