In this introductory studio course, we will delve into aspects of illustration through drawing exercises that involve contemporary themes, styles and techniques. While there are many genres you are welcome to explore, your instructor will focus on two types in particular: illustrating children’s books and editorials for magazines. You will learn a bit about the industry and marketplace, however, this is primarily a studio course.
Your instructor will offer an analysis of illustration styles through PowerPoint lectures featuring contemporary illustrators, one-on-one discussion and critique, demos and in-class drawing exercises meant to expose your individual interests and to develop imagery.
While this class is designed for beginners, it can accommodate all skill-levels. We will begin with several exercises to build confidence and develop our drawing skills. Materials are the choice of the student but please bring along your favourite media to class, such as, pencil, marker, paper, pen & ink or watercolour. Course materials can be as inexpensive as you wish. Our first demo/workshop will begin with frottage/mixed media/collage.
Over the six classes, you will learn to appreciate how illustrators interpret text by enhancing or exposing meaning using visual language. It is a marriage of both text and image when successfully accomplished and it is the illustrator’s job to help entice a potential reader.