This course will introduce you to the world of illustrated children’s books, focusing on the picture book (for younger children).
This is a very practical course involving drawing, writing and design.
It's suitable for everyone from beginners to the more experienced who wish to build their portfolio, and writers who want to learn how to illustrate.
It's also ideal for anyone wanting to explore the writing and illustration process so that they can create unique work for family and friends.
On this course, you will:
- have a combination of group and one-to-one tutorials
- learn about character development, storyboarding, visual language, structure, sequence, pagination and page design
- learn how to create your own roughs and dummy books
- define your audience
- get advice on working as a professional illustrator.
What will you gain?
You'll leave the course with an understanding of how to create stories and illustrate children’s picture books.
Where you'll learn: You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.
You'll find bright studios and workshop spaces to develop your ideas and create exciting work.
You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.
Here's what previous attendees have said:
"The course has been full of valuable advice and has enabled me to make significant progress with my book" IW
"Very informative, I've learnt a lot. I enjoyed all of it." NH
Entry requirement: No drawing or writing experience is required. An idea for a storybook is useful, but not essential.
Tutor Profile: Daisy Craven is an illustrator based in Birmingham who specialises in comic book and graphic novels, as well as children’s book illustration.
She has completed a degree in Fine Art and also has an MA in Illustration from Nottingham Trent University, where Daisy completed her comic book ‘Tales from the Uncanny’.
Her illustrations range from digital to traditional painting, watercolour and mixed media.
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Need accommodation for the summer?
You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms. Information on booking accommodation can be provided once your place on the course is confirmed.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
25 hours of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.
Certificate of attendance upon completion.
Indicative class size: 16
This craft course provider has been awarded Silver status for receiving 5 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.
They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.
Brilliant course. I enjoyed how thorough our tutor was in making sure we were happy. The schedule was well-defined, and I was able to get a large amount of work done that I am more than happy with. This has made me consider the MA Illustration course taught by the same tutor.
I really enjoyed the structure of the course – it really focussed my ideas! And the tutor is very passionate about what she does.