Introduction To Book Illustration

Creative Learning |
19th September 2018 – 16th January 2019

Tutor Sophie Martin | Fee £63 | 5 weeks

Delve into the fascinating world of book illustration. You will be encouraged to think visually and experiment with different art materials in a fun and supportive environment.

What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?

You will be guided through making a series of simple books exploring visual narratives and the interplay of text and imagery. No previous art or drawing experience necessary as we will be experimenting with collage and simple printed imagery as well as more traditional art techniques but an interest in the creative and imaginative is a must!

Course content:
• Experimenting with different mediums to communicate ideas visually
• Interplay of text and imagery
• Layout and composition of a page
• Breaking down a narrative using storyboarding
• Use of colour and black and white imagery

This is a practical course and participants will be working as a class in some tutor led activities as well as plenty of independent working time 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 help each other in developing ideas.

By the end of the course/workshop you will:
• Create at least 2 simple illustrated narratives
• Explore 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
• Experiment with a range of relevant media

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.

“Appreciated the small group and the tutor, Sophie, spending time individually with us” Course attendee 2018

“Sophie was a fantastic teacher and really inspiring” Course attendee 2018


19th September 2018 – 16th January 2019

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