Developing Book Illustration

Creative Learning |
31st October 2018 – 27th February 2019

Tutor Sophie Martin | Fee £63 | 5 weeks

This course will give participants the opportunity to further explore the medium of book illustration. Participants will be given a book illustration brief at the start of the course and will work to create a narrative book in response to the brief.

What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?
The course is most appropriate if you have already done the beginners course and would like to continue your creative explorations or if you have some prior experience and would like to further hone your skills in a supportive environment. Those without specific prior experience but with a focussed idea and lots of enthusiasm are welcome too.

Exploration of different types of book illustration
• How to approach a brief
• Researching and sketching ideas
• Communicating visually using chosen media
• Working from an initial idea to a finished artwork
• Using storyboarding to develop and pace a narrative
• Page layout and composition
• How to receive and build on feedback

This is a practical course and participants will be working as a class in some tutor led activities but there will also be plenty of opportunity for independent working with tutor guidance and feedback when desired. There will also be some class sharing of ideas and inspirations and informal group critiquing of work to develop skills in giving in receiving feedback and to help each other develop ideas. There will be a brief given at the beginning of the course to develop a book based on a given theme but if participants already have a project in mind then they are welcome to adapt this to fit the brief.

By the end of the course/workshop you will:
• Generate ideas in response to a given brief
• Explore and develop narrative and research strategies
• Understand the relationship between illustration and text
• Have an understanding of composition and layout of pages
• Be able to use a storyboard to break down a narrative
• Develop visual communication skills
• Create an illustrated narrative from start to finish

What do I need to bring with me?
Please bring any particular drawing pens and pencils you may want to use, a notebook and your glasses, if you need them.

Are there any additional costs?
£5 per person for materials.

About the tutor
Sophie Martin is a local artist, illustrator and educator who specialises in lively pen and watercolour illustrations often drawn on location. She studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art and has been working since as a freelance artist and illustrator undertaking numerous commissions and exhibiting locally and further afield as well as self-publishing a number of books. She has a PGCE in Post compulsory education and has experience running creative workshops in many places including schools, colleges and for refugee groups in India and Nepal. You can see examples of her work on her website:

If you have a query or are unsure whether the course is right for you please get in touch with the Creative Learning Team who will be happy to contact the tutor on your behalf.


31st October 2018 – 27th February 2019

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