Character and illustration drawing course
about the course
The aim of this class is to teach beginner artists the basics of good character design. Character design isn’t purely limited to games and comic books but also covers children’s books, general book illustration, comic strips, greeting cards and advertising as well. I will guide members through the basic theory and reinforce this basic knowledge with drawing exercises and projects. These sessions will culminate in members having their own stylised characters and the knowledge to confidently create more on their own. It is important to note that this class is meant as a fun and relaxed leisure activity open to people of all ages with an interest character-based illustration.
From as far back as I can remember I have always enjoyed drawing. As a child I was very imaginative and often did better at creative activities than academic ones. When I left school, I started work as an apprentice gardener, I enjoyed the work but really wanted to try my hand at drawing properly. I met Roy when I was 18 and up until this point, I had had no formal art training. Roy taught me the basic skills that allowed me to create a portfolio, which I used to get accepted at Chester University to study foundation art and later illustration and animation. I graduated from Chester with a distinction grade for my foundation course and a first-class degree with honours in illustration and animation. After university I got back in touch with Roy, who suggested I put my degree to good use and learn to teach.
My Art is still developing as I continue to search for and hone my own style. I currently enjoy drawing with ink and strive to create expressive and textured gestural drawings. My favourite subject is people, I like drawing people from different times in history or from different cultures or simply because a particular person or image catches my imagination.