Fundamentals of Illustration

with artist and tutor Marie-Alice Harel

Mondays from 6.30pm - 9.00pm

10 Weeks from Monday 13th January

to Monday 23rd March

(No class on Monday 10th February)


13a Great King Street, EH3 6QW


Illustration encompasses many forms of visual communication, from narrative images, book and magazine illustrations, to posters 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 to the 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 theory and then building 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.

We will work on a series of assignments, then you will be able to develop a personal project over the final 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.

Materials List

  • paper sheets or sketchbook (A4, or larger)

  • pencil and eraser

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

  • heavyweight white paper (for mixed media)

  • 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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