Illustrating People Summer School

Up your game in illustrating the human face and figure.

When, Where

Through a series of lectures, demonstrations and varied practical activities from Monday 12 – Friday 16 August, you will be guided through ways to illustrate people from observation (using live models and photographic reference) and from your imagination.

We will break down the subject into key sections: the geography of the head, body proportions and body types, depicting eyes and other features, conveying different ages and genders and capturing gesture and movement.

We will move gradually through the week from basic activities to more complex challenges, encouraging experimentation and broadening your illustration experience.

Taking inspiration from the work of illustrators past and present, we’ll be exploring the subject hands on via different materials and techniques, from water soluble pens and pencils to dip pen and ink, from ink wash to watercolour and collage.

The course will suit anyone with some recent or past experience of drawing and image-making, whether professionally or purely personally, but who is relatively new to this particular subject matter.

Please bring:

  • A range of graphite pencils, specifically 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B
  • An eraser (the softer it feels in your fingers the better it is at picking up graphite)
  • A pencil sharpener
  • An A4 cartridge paper sketchpad (130gms), preferably with detachable pages (useful for scanning, photocopying and displaying)

All other materials supplied by House of Illustration.

About the tutor:

Sion Ap Tomos is a Welsh illustrator, designer and educator based in London. Over many years he has illustrated for a wide variety of clients, covering an eclectic array of subject matters: reportage for news outlets, storyboards for advertising and television and historical illustration for museums. He has tackled subject matter ranging from the sciences and sport to urban development, historical weaving techniques and comedic penguins. Additionally, he regularly collaborates on illustration-based projects with schools, museums and hospitals.

This has given him a wealth of experience which he has been able to draw upon in his education work which began in 2000. Sion has taught at Foundation, BA and MA levels predominantly for Central Saint Martins, UAL and has also been devising and running practical short courses for 16 years. He gained a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design/Illustration at Central Saint Martins college of Art and Design and an MA in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, London.

Course dates:

Monday 12 – Friday 16 August 2019 from 10am-4pm


The price refers to the whole course, not to individual sessions.

For more information, please download the document below.


Tickets Price Number Total price
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Adult ticket with gift aid£440.00 £440.00
Adult ticket£400.00 £400.00

The price refers to the whole course, not to individual sessions.

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