llustrators create imagery to make ideas visible.
During this course we will research concepts, explore ideas and experiment with creative processes, techniques and materials to devise short illustrated projects.
We will explore the ‘lifecycle’ of an illustration project, from idea generation and thumbnail sketches, through to final designs. And each week we will undertake short drawing exercises (from observation and the imagination) as a starting point to our projects.
Additionally we will look at the constantly expanding discipline of illustration and how this can be applied to various projects, including sequential imagery (e.g. storyboarding, comics and graphic novels), album cover design, wall murals, etc.
This course promotes a safe, friendly and constructive learning environment where learners will gain valuable knowledge, skills and experience from peers and one to one tutorial advice.
Beginners in illustration are very welcome, as well as returning students.
- Cheap cartridge paper / sketchbook
- Heavy weight cartridge paper (A2 if possible, no smaller than A3), a pad or around 10 sheets.
- Wet and dry drawing medium including (but not limited to):
- Pencil (no softer than HB)
- chunky graphite pencils or sticks
- Indian ink (such as the Winsor and Newton one with the spider on the packaging)
- dip-pen holder and a couple of nibs for drawing (not calligraphy). The post office nibs and the copperplate nibs are good
- a brush pen (preferably black, or a very dark colour).
- a white pencil (the Derwent 'DRAWING' pencils are very good, or anything similar)
- acrylic and/or gouache paints (small tubes of student quality are fine and you don't need many colours: red, yellow, blue, white and black).
- 1 or 2 watercolour brushes, preferably round, size around 5 to 9
Please note that the first two weeks of this class will be taught by tutor & illustrator Cécile Simonis.