This course will concentrate on the process of book illustration and design, beginning with basic pagination and progressing into thumbnailing, reference gathering, development of finished sketches, and the creation of final art. The variety of approaches afforded by this art form will be stressed; students will be encouraged to seek out various inspirations within this wide ranging discipline, all the while refining and streamlining their studio work habits. We will begin with an overview of book illustration with respect to design, pacing, and visual style. Drawing from either song lyrics, a nursery rhyme, or a memory, we will thumbnail out an entire narrative, select 2‑3 images for development into tight sketches, and create one piece of final art.
What will you learn in this course?
At the end of this course, students will have learned to anticipate industry expectations in working on a children’s book project, and will have created no less than one stand-alone piece for inclusion in their portfolio, with a clear road map to produce others. Students will be exposed to various media and working methods, and will be more acquainted with the children’s book market and industry practices, both creative and business related.
What will you do in class?
What topics will be covered?
Suggested Readings or Links to other content
There is no required text for this course. Examples and handouts will be introduced to the class, and students are encouraged to bring in books and other inspiration (artists, individual works of art and photography, etc.) throughout the session.
A working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) would be beneficial, but not required.
Students will bring their own materials to class. Supplies will vary, and will likely build from week to week, but at minimum students should be equipped with:
Additional media to be considered: paint and brushes (oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor, etc.), supports (paper, canvas, board), collage materials, colored pencils, pastel, charcoal and conté crayon.
Suggested, but not required: laptop computer or tablet. The course will take place in a studio outfitted with computer workstations.
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