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Learn traditional and digital illustration techniques whilst working on your own illustrations and exploring the medium.

What will you learn on this course? 

On this course you will be introduced to traditional and digital illustration techniques when working with written texts and new concepts. 

To create your own narrative images, you will explore the entire process from text and concept to drawings and finished illustrations. The course will cover the following topics:

·       Drawing with pencil, pen and ink

·       Drawing using graphics tablets and creative suites

·       Colour studies and techniques

·       Perspectives

·       The human form

·       Compositions and thumbnails

·       Interpreting text and creating visual narratives

·       Concept artwork and developing ideas

·       Personal work vs working on large-scale projects

·       Illustration for growth and change

The principles of practicetheory and experimentation will be used to both introduce illustration techniques and encourage a strong foundation for further work: each topic will be introduced through demonstrations, practice and observational drawing; the theory behind the techniques will be discussed alongside the work of other illustrators, such as Will Eisner, Jean Giraud (a.k.a. Moebius), Osamu Tezuka, Gustav Dore, Walt Stanchfield, Katsuhiro Otomo, and many others; personal exploration of your own ideas will be encouraged with signposting to more advanced resources that may prove helpful.

On completion of this course, you can expect to have completed your own illustrations and to have developed a range of techniques to approach future illustrations.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to learners of all levels. Beginners who have no illustration experience will be taught the basics. Students with previous drawing and painting experience can develop their skills further and learn traditional illustration.  

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who can undertake practical drawing activities. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. 

Do you need to bring anything?

Facilities are available to work in both traditional and digital mediums during the course, however you may want to bring your own materials if they are preferred. 

The drawing and painting studio is equipped with easels and drawing boards. Paper is provided that can be used during the lesson, and some basic art materials that may be borrowed on the day, such as paints, pencils, graphite sticks, erasers, sharpeners. 

MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 

Computers will be available when working digitally, including graphics tablets and creative suites. 

Are there any additional costs?

 Any additional materials are provided at your own expense. 

Who teaches this course? 

Adam Bolton

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Dates & Times

    Introduction to Illustration Techniques (VA46 Spring)