Illustration For All Levels – ONLINE
This six week zoom course is ideal for students of all levels. If you are new to illustration it is important that you have done a bit of drawing before: More experienced students might wish to develop a personal style, make work for a portfolio or just learn more about illustration. We'll be focusing on book illustration in different forms such as children's, character design, adult fiction, graphic novels and zines.
Tutor Bio: Sophie Ambrose is a published children's book author and illustrator. Her first book, The Lonely Giant was published in 2016 and Bedtime for Albie was published in 2019, both with Walker Books. Sophie enjoys teaching illustration and drawing to adults and running author illustrator workshops in schools.
The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class. Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle.
If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: MWEnquiries@marywardcentre.ac.uk or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu
Who is this course for
This course is ideal for students of all levels. If you are new to illustration it is important that you have done a bit of drawing before: More experienced students might wish to develop a personal style, prepare an illustration portfolio or just learn more about illustration.
What does this course cover
We'll be focusing on book illustration in different forms such as children's, character design, adult fiction, graphic novels and zines. Each week we'll look at examples of professional illustration and demos of different techniques. We'll use hand drawn processes, not photoshop.
Week 1: Character creation
Week 2: The storyboard. Learn how to pace a storyboard using a story provided or your own
Week 3: Colour and composition
Week 4: Comics and graphic novels
Week 5: Non-fiction illustration
Week 6: Completion of projects and celebration of course!
By the end of the course you will be able to:
1. Have some knowledge of constructing narrative illustration in a storyboard.
2. Some knowledge of how text and image work together to create effective book illustration.
3. Use your imagination and creativity to create a character for a story.
4. Have produced development ideas and illustrations for a given story, or your own.
What will it be like
The learning atmosphere is friendly and relaxed in a small class. You will learn through self-directed exploration and development with the encouragement of a practicing illustrator and your peers. You will be working on drawing and painting exercises and individually on briefs that are set or are welcome to develop your own personal projects, such as a children's book. During each class you will have some individual advice from the tutor using the breakout room facility. Each week we look at each other's work and this is a chance to bond as a group and learn from your peers in a positive way, as well as being inspired by others' work. Your tutor, Sophie Ambrose is a published children's book author illustrator who has worked with leading UK publishers such as Walker Books and Heinemann, as well as experience illustrating within the design and advertising industries.
Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.
What else do you need to buy or do
You'll need an A4 or A3 hardback sketchbook (preferably bound, rather than spiral for durability) or pad of paper, selection of pencils, coloured pencils- Prismacolor and Faber Castell are good brands. Eraser and sharpener.
Paintbrushes, - one round medium size and one larger 'mop' brush. Waterproof black ink, colour media of your choice - inks, gouache or watercolour. Paintbrushes.
The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:
You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.
You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.
Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.
By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.
What this course could lead to
Other illustration courses such as the Drawing & Painting skills for Illustration, 3 day Children's Book Illustration Course, or other drawing and print courses at Mary Ward Centre or elsewhere.
Some students have gone on to study MA, sometimes choosing to maintain links with the course whilst working. Exhibiting/selling work. Individual advice will be available.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre. Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: www.learndirect.co.uk and from the following websites: www.floodlight.co.uk; www.hotcourses.com; www.citylit.ac.uk; www.wmcollege.ac.uk; www.morleycollege.ac.uk
I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.MWC student
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Why choose Mary Ward?
Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course
Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’