Hilarie Stelfox

Having completed the Drawing and Painting Diploma course last year, I was looking for another challenge and decided to tackle the Illustration course. 

The fact that I’d recently studied perspective, figure drawing, composition etc proved to be a huge plus, as they gave me the confidence to tackle the assignments.  I suspect this course would be a struggle for someone without any of the skills and techniques I’d previously learned.

I really enjoyed the first few modules, illustrating songs and poems, as they posed practical challenges requiring research and problem-solving, as well as creativity.  I spent hours on the internet searching for appropriate source material – and taking my own photographs – as well as sketching from life. 

There are also modules on graphic design, magazine article illustration and children’s book illustration.  The final module involves illustrating an entire book, which was a big project and gives students a taste of what a real-life assignment would demand of them.  I don’t mind admitting that I found it difficult and it really pushed me out of my comfort zone.

During the course I found that my style was developing and by the final assignment I realised that I enjoyed working in pen and ink with watercolour, a technique that I now intend to focus on.

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