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Illustration Skills And Techniques

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 179 Conc £72 Full £351 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Monday 18:30 - 21:00 11 MAC 17/09/2018 03/12/2018 AB1240
Monday 18:30 - 21:00 11 MAC 29/04/2019 22/07/2019 AB3240

What will the course cover?

If you are interested in pursuing a career as an illustrator, this class will teach you how to achieve this. You will learn about the wide range of markets that use illustration. Examples of work done for magazines, publishing companies, design firms, newspapers, fashion houses, store windows and advertising campaigns will be given. You will learn how to promote yourself and find work as an illustrator. Trisha Krauss’ career as an illustrator spans over 2 decades. Half of which was spent in New York city working for a wide range of magazines and newspapers such as The New Yorker and The New York Times. She has spent the past 10 years in London and has concentrated on picture books. Her first illustrated children’s book, Maude, The Not So Noticeable Shrimpton was written by Lauren Child and published by Puffin UK. Trisha is well versed in many techniques including Adobe Photoshop. For those of you who are interested in working digitally, please bring your own laptops.

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for anyone who would like to learn about the profession of commercial illustration or just improve their drawing skills. Beginners to advanced students are all welcome.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

Some experience of drawing and illustration is an advantage, but beginners are very welcome.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

You should know how to fulfil an illustration brief from understanding the assignment, to interpreting this visually. Illustration is a visual means of depicting a story, an article, an advertising campaign or a book cover, as examples. You will learn how to make sketches and illustrate final art. You will also learn about techniques and well known illustrators.

How is the course organised?

Each week you will be given a job to do. You will read an assignment, gather reference, create sketches and make final art. Trisha will encourage each student to try a wide range of artist mediums. Techniques with be demonstrated in class and you will see lots of examples to assist you. You will also learn how to find work as an illustrator and how to promote yourself.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Continued sketching in a sketch book and trying different techniques at home.

How will my progress be assessed?

One to one verbal feedback, group discussion and evaluation, progress reported on ILP. The class room assignments will be good examples of your understanding of briefs and your ability to depict what has been asked of you.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Further study at more advanced level in this subject to develop technique. Portfolio Preparation courses, Foundation courses in FE/HE. Approaching art directors and finding work as an illustrator.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

Bring pencils to the first session. You will need to bring a sketchbook. Basic paper and art supplies are available but be advised by the tutor for best sources to purchase any other materials.

What support is available?

Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.