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Illustration: Developing Books

Course overview

This course runs over 10 weeks during term time only. The focus will differ each term so that you can try new approaches and build a varied portfolio.

Illustration: Developing Books is all about developing illustrations for books. Perhaps you have written your own story or just want to try book jackets, or a graphic novel? This course will help you to explore all possibilities. It may open you up to areas that you perhaps didn’t think you could do and enable your confidence to grow.

You’ll experience firsthand the array of techniques, from traditional drawing and painting to experimental mixed media and collage, with a dash of printmaking to ignite your creativity. Through hands-on exploration, you’ll not only master the fundamental principles of illustration but also cultivate your own distinctive style and artistic voice.

As you progress through the course, you’ll build a diverse portfolio and lay the groundwork for future endeavours. Whether you’re illustrating for pleasure or aiming to pursue further studies, our Illustration courses offer a stimulating and enriching learning environment tailored to your aspirations.

Tutor Linda Newcombe is an award-winning illustrator and artist whose illustration work is built around drawing, exploring a specific interest in storytelling.

 

We will work through some relevant tasks and exercises before embarking on a longer book project, during which we can test different approaches.

Which techniques will be covered?

  • The main techniques will be drawing, painting, mixed media and collage, with a focus on personal preferences and methods. You can work on your own ipad if you have the necessary skills and equipment.
  • This is a hands-on course involving plenty of practical, creative drawing and painting work.
  • There will be slide lectures, discussions, and handouts covering the basic principles of visual ‘literacy’ with exercises and optional homework for you to test your understanding.
  • You will be given set exercises and mini-projects early on, and later in the course you will be able to take on a more personal project.
  • There will be opportunities to use different techniques and methods.

Basic materials are supplied, but if you want the best results and experience developing your illustration style, we encourage you to have:

  • your own sketchbook
  • a set of your own brushes
  • your own artist-quality paints: acrylic, gouache, drawing inks etc
  • a palette
  • some good quality watercolour paper to continue exploring at home.

And don’t forget your old clothes or overalls for those particularly messy sessions!

This course runs over 10 weeks during term time only. The focus will differ each term so that you can try new approaches and build a varied portfolio.

Discover the endless possibilities at City of Oxford College and embark on a creative journey.

Tutor: Linda Newcombe

Linda Newcombe is an award-winning illustrator and artist whose illustration work is based on drawing and explores a specific interest in storytelling.

Artist Linda Newcombe

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