Illustration Techniques

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Develop your illustration portfolio and build your confidence in responding creatively and effectively to illustration briefs using a wide range of media.

This course helps you to improve your techniques and confidence in being innovative in your approach.

This six-week course is a fantastic creative opportunity giving you an insight on techniques used to create illustrations.

You will be given exercises and projects that provide an understanding of how to use materials and techniques.

You will look at examples of illustrators within different fields of illustration to inspire you and develop an understanding of how they use their materials and techniques.

You can progress to the next Illustration course or Book Illustration to begin to develop an illustration portfolio, or investigate the other Art and Printmaking courses at Reading College.

What I'll learn

You will gain an understanding of how illustrators make work, and an overview of some of their techniques.

You will experiment with a range of methods that you can use in illustration projects, and begin to plan your own project.


How I'll learn

The learning atmosphere will be one of exploration and development with the encouragement of a practicing illustrator alongside your peers.

You will be introduced to a range of different materials and techniques provided on the course and encouraged to experiment with different ways of working.

Through experimenting with hand-made processes (not digital) including black and white, coloured media and mixed media, you will explore these techniques.

The group will be taught in an informative and supportive atmosphere, and you will be encouraged to share your work with others and discuss your findings. 


Entry Requirements

Basic materials will be provided, such as pencils, paper, inks, paints and brushes but you should bring a sketch book.

Those with more experience are welcome to bring your own items if you have preferences, such as good quality brushes, materials etc.

You do not need an idea for an illustration project; however you might like to develop one!


How to Apply

You can register for this course online. Click on ENROL NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register your contact details online and verify your account
  • Go to your desired course page and click again on ENROL NOW. Follow the link to pay for your course

Course places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. We would encourage you to enrol on your chosen course as soon as possible. If you prefer to enrol in person please visit us at one of our college Advice Centres or enrol over the phone via 0800 612 6008.

This course will be run subject to demand. If you wish to enrol within one week of the start date, please call us on 0800 612 6008 first to check the course is running.