Illustration: Beginners

This course is an introduction to illustration. The course covers different aspects of illustration from editorial to book illustration. Students will be introduced to working on a varied range of briefs and work to a set time or deadline.

Who is this course for

Suitable for those with some creative ability but new to illustration, or for those students who have done a bit and wish to learn more and develop a personal way of working. You will benefit more from the course if you have done some drawing before.

What does this course cover

This practical course covers different areas of illustration such a books or editorial through briefs with a set time frame. You will build up confidence as you see a project through from idea to finished artwork. You will see examples of current illustrators working around the world, which will give you inspiration as well as an idea of professional illustration.

Students will be introduced to a range of different materials provided on the course and encouraged to experiment with different ways of working. Through experimenting with hand-made processes (not digital) such as pen and ink, coloured inks and different paints pencils etc, you will see your work develop. The aim of the course is to gain confidence in drawing and illustrating through exploring different techniques.

What will it be like

You will work individually on projects set by the tutor, or have time to develop your own (such as a children's book) During the class you will have one to one individual advice and support from the tutor. A typical class begins with a quick 'round the table' look at students work in response to the current brief. This is a chance to talk about your own work in front of your peers and gain inspiration from each other.

Your tutor, Sophie Ambrose is a published children's book author and illustrator who has worked with leading UK publishers such as Walker Books and Heinemann, as well as experience illustrating for design and advertising briefs.

What else do you need to buy or do

All materials are supplied but you will need to pay for some of the more expensive specialist papers if you wish to use them such as watercolour paper. You may wish to supply your own good quality paint brushes if you require them and so that you can continue to work on projects in your own time. You should also be prepared to buy and use a good quality A4 or A3 size sketchbook (preferably hard backed and bound not spiral) for personal development and research which should be brought to each class.

What this course could lead to

Some students continue on the Introduction to Illustration course for a second or third term before progressing to the more advanced 'Illustration for Students with Experience' course. Or gone on to Life drawing or print courses at Mary Ward or elsewhere.

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