I am Katie Hodson and I have just submitted by final project, completing the online Illustration Art Course at the London Art College.
I have always loved art and design, choosing to complete an Art Foundation after my A-Levels and progressing to gain a BA Hons in advertising and graphic design. Years later, despite working in advertising, I have forged a career in Client Services rather than within the creative team.
About a year and a half ago, through the encouragement of colleagues, friends, and family, I started to regularly draw again. Being so out of practise, I can remember being a bit upset by the first picture I drew but I persisted and eventually everyone started to say that I should do ‘something’ with my drawings.
After doing some research I chose the LAC illustration course – I liked the variation of the projects offered on the course and thought it would introduce me to a nice range of commercially viable outlets; I am pleased to report that the course fulfilled my desires. You begin the course illustrating some lyrics and build up to an introduction to illustrating children’s books. You receive a comprehensive course support booklet which is full of tips for drawing, examples of creative work and advice on the industry. On top of this the course tutor, Spencer Hill, is encouraging and offers fair and supportive guidance. I had lost confidence in my illustrative ability and I am leaving the course feeling enthused and driven to do that ‘something’.
The examples below are from the final three projects; Editorial Illustration, Sequential Illustration and children’s books, where I really settled into the illustrative style that I would like to move forwards with.