What is the course about?
On this practical course you will explore, experiment, collect reference material, make sketches and develop illustrations from popular culture images. You will create work in response to a range of media including film, music, album covers, book covers, magazines, advertising images, photography and poster art. You will learn the principals behind illustration style, looking at a wide range of examples. By the end of the course you will have an insight into how to develop or further develop your style, and how to successfully create illustration work inspired by films.
What previous students liked about the course: .
“Friendly environment and supportive tutor who offered lots of support and advice. Realty fun to participate in this!”
“Discussion and examples of different styles of illustration and how illustration has been used in different ways eg. Abstract, conceptual etc. Chance to try out different mediums and techniques.”
“This course is very interesting and Tim is a good teacher.”
What will we cover?
- Creative exercises to explore style
- Using visual research for inspiration
- Experimenting with different image-making techniques
- Using lightboxes as guide for final artwork.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the characteristics of style
- Research and develop ideas in response to a given brief
- Recognize the skills to further your illustration style
- Create illustration work inspired by film.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is for all levels, whether you’re a beginner, have some art and design background or are a practicing illustrator.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
TThe course will combine demonstration, gathering research with follow up studio work, workshop tasks, group discussion and critique, and individual tuition. You will be encouraged to contribute ideas and present your work.
You will examine different approaches and styles of illustration, and through experimentation, will learn how to tackle developing, or further developing a style. Homework will include research and image development.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The course fee covers basic materials and equipment. It would be very useful for you to bring the following: an A4 or A3 sketchbook, a notebook, B and 2B pencils, an eraser and a sharpener. A USB memory stick and digital camera would be useful though this is not essential.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can progress your skills in illustration further on VK554 Illustration: stage 2 and VK400 Children's book illustration: advanced practice. You can also develop your skills on a range of illustration and design courses and Adobe photoshop and Adobe illustrator courses.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details