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Plymouth College of Art - 5 Week Illustration for Improvers

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 at 18:00 - Tuesday, 22 May 2018 at 21:00 (BST)

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5 week Illustration for Improvers

This course is aimed at people interested in learning and developing skills and techniques to communicate visually. Throughout the course you will learn about some of the key skills involved in being an illustrator. You will also get the chance to work with unique mark making tools and techniques to create an array of illustrated outcomes!. Sessions are a mixture of tutor-led talks, demonstrations, experimentation with artist's materials, drawing techniques, one-to-one support and sharing/communicating with peers.

Although you will practise drawing and painting skills this is not exclusively an instructional drawing/painting course. At each level learners are encouraged to develop at their own rate through practising tutor-led tasks. This course is suitable for those looking to improve their Illustration skills, as well at those who have little or no illustration experience.

Location: Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place

Start Time: 18:00

End Time: 21:00

Start Date: 24/04/18

End Date: 22/05/18

Day: Tuesday

Fee: £150

Course Content

Week 1 -  Welcome to Illustration

An introduction into the world of digital illustration and the tools of the trade. Workshop to follow involving graphics tablets, Adobe Photoshop and graphic motives created using a limited colour palette! Digital artwork made easy!

Week 2 -  Mask it off!

This session will see students creating textures and layer masks to add a new level of detail to their digitally created images. This session expands on from the previous week and gives the students a chance to build their own digital landscape.

Week 3 - Digital doodles - Part 1

Having sourced a photograph to work with (previous session homework) students will then use lightboxes to draw a character interacting with the photograph background.


Week 4 - Digital doodles - Part 2


Preparing the sketch for digital colouring, this will include a cleanup, level modification and background elimination! This is an essential practice for an illustrator, regardless of your process!


Using the magic wand students colour their characters digitally, using texture implementation if needed.  Students will also learn the simple method of colouring using clipping masks. Graphics tablets can be used here too!

Week 5 - The last step!


Students will now superimpose their image onto their photograph and make any necessary tweaks they need. Each student will get a high quality digital print of their image which will get mounted and wrapped.


We then Celebrate the 5 weeks with some nibbles and a reflection period of next steps.


Finally students will be invited to a miniature private view for the following weeks to come!


Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for improvers, who have studied illustration in the past of have a good basic knowledge.

Materials and Equipment

You will need to bring a sketchbook, black fineliner, pencil, rubber, pencil sharpener and any art materials you have an interest in experimenting with such as ink, watercolours, acrylic paints, gouache, pencil crayons, etc.

You may also benefit from having a google account so that handouts can be sent through the google drive, can also email them if required. Ultimately if you have neither an email address or a google account then hard copy handouts can be provided, think of the trees though!

Please note that all courses are subject to student numbers and will only run if sufficient numbers are achieved. Plymouth College of Art reserves the right to cancel a course if insufficient student numbers are recruited.


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Plymouth College of Art

Tavistock Place
PL4 8AT Plymouth
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 at 18:00 - Tuesday, 22 May 2018 at 21:00 (BST)


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