Introduction to Illustration

The course will use the combination of both drawing skills, watercolour techniques as well as computer skills looking at both illustrator and photoshop. The course will be tailored to individual student’s styles so that they can develop and enhance their illustration techniques.

We will structure the course so that one week we will work on physical painting and drawing techniques and the alternate week we will then look at rendering the images in either photoshop or illustrator.

The course will give the students a sound introduction to illustration techniques as well as computer skills that are useful to render computer ready images ready for publishing.

Course Content

The course will be a project based course designed to develop the student’s illustrator skills.

We will look at both physical drawing and painting skills as well as computer generated techniques.

The physical skills will include:

1. Pen and ink illustration and drawing techniques. How to render light and shade using pen and ink shading.
2. Composition skills- composing a pleasing image
3. Watercolour techniques with the emphasis on hand colouring pen and ink illustration.
4. The computer skills will examine both the computer programs illustrator and photoshop. These are very large programs so we will concentrate primarily on skills specific to illustration techniques.
5. Colouring illustrations in photoshop.
6. Drawing vector images in illustrator
7. Creating digital images ready for web and print.

The project in the course will be tailored to the individual requirements and style of the student.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

No entry requirement although some art training would be an advantage

First Class Requirements

Ink Pen (or black Biro), pencil, A4 cartridge paper, rubber.

Assessment Methods

Group and self evaluation by discussion, observation and regular 1:1 feedback with the tutor.

Additional Information

As a result of the government’s closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses will be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

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This specialist course has been identified to run with fewer numbers due to either the student demand for the course and subject area or the need for increased one to one tuition. This course will be able to run with only 6 learners and will have a maximum of 10 in the class.

You will need to buy your own paper, paints/brushes

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