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Kids Illustration: Character Design II

(8-12) with illustrator & tutor Francesca Grech Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th July 10am - 12.30pm

  • Starts 17 Jul
  • 100 British pounds
  • Great King Street

Available spots


Service Description

A 15% discount is applied per course if more than one course is booked. In this two day workshop, children will explore how various visual elements such as colour and shape can be used to further develop an imagined character’s personality and story, and then bring their character to life! During this workshop, the children will learn how to create and develop their own illustrated characters. We will work on various exercises to explore and transform their ideas into a final character design which we will then recreate as a concertina character that they can proudly display. __________ Day 1: 10am – 12.30pm A brief analysis and a short observation-exercise on existing characters will be introduced to children, to help them understand what makes a character identifiable and unique (colours, lines, expressions, etc). Then dedicate time to some fun character-creating exercises that would help them to start visualising their character, and a visual bank of references, until we find a design that they would like to develop further and finalise. Day 2: 10am – 12.30pm The second session is dedicated to refining children’s ideas through character-building techniques, to give their character a more well-rounded personality and bring it to life. Children will finish off by creating a concertina with the character. An example of this is in the photos . Francesca is a Maltese illustrator and picturebook maker based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She received her MA in Illustration at the University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh College of Art). Her aim is to tell whimsical stories full of magic and emotion, driven by dynamic characters that help people to connect with the work in a meaningful and engaging way. The themes surrounding inclusivity, mental health and well-being are an important part of her practice. Fran often combines her illustrative work with material such as textiles, book art and paper cutting as an additional layer for her storytelling. Fran has illustrated 5 children’s books so far, including a Maltese adaptation of The House that Sneezed’ (2020) and the award-winning, Maltese children’s fiction series of ‘Irvin Vella, Virtual Investigator’ (2021, 2022).


Upcoming Sessions


Cancellation Policy

We will provide a 50% refund if you give written advance notice up to 30 days before the course start date. 0% refund 30 days before a course starts. Please note there is an administration fee of £5 payable in respect of such refunds to cover payment processing fees. You will need to inform a member of administration staff in writing by emailing EDS at info@edinburghdrawingschool.co.uk. Additionally, if you withdraw for any reason after the course has started you will not be entitled to a refund. We are a small business and we depend on every booking to ensure that classes can go ahead. If a student is unable to attend a class due to illness, then EDS must be informed immediately so that the tutor can be notified. If you are missing a class because you suspect that you have developed Covid-19, please let us know immediately so that we can alert fellow student and tutors. Non-attendance of classes/workshops does not automatically mean a refund, however EDS will assess the circumstance


Contact Details

  • 13A Great King Street, Edinburgh, UK


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