Short Course: Illustrating People with Sion Ap Tomos

A bursting-at-the-seams exploration of ways to illustrate the human face and figure

When, Where

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

The subject will be broken down into key aspects including ways of depicting eyes and other features, the geography of the head, body proportions and body types, depicting different genders and ages and capturing movement and gesture.

This is one of our best-selling weekend courses – which we are running as an evening course for the first time!

We will take inspiration from the work of illustrators past and present and be very hands on as we explore the subject through different materials and techniques, including water soluble pens and pencils, dip pen and ink, ink wash, watercolour and collage.

Packed full of inspiring approaches and helpful tips and tricks, this course will suit anyone with some experience of drawing and image-making, whether that experience is recent or past, professional or personal. Ideal for people wishing to gain more experience, new ways of working and a deeper understanding of the subject from an expert.

A ten-session evening class on Wednesdays 12 September-21 November (no class 24 October, half term). 6.30-9pm.

£320 paid in advance, non-refundable

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“A brilliant course. I have attended various adult learning courses and this was by far the best. Sion was extremely helpful and gave personal attention that enabled each of us to develop at our own pace. I was also impressed by the range of techniques covered and the whole range of resources offered” – former student.

About the Tutor

Sion Ap Tomos is a Welsh illustrator/designer and educator based in London. He has worked for many years as a freelance illustrator for a great variety of clients in an eclectic mix of subject matter. He has worked in editorial illustration, historical illustration for a museum, reportage illustration for a variety of clients and outlets, storyboarded and and concept illustrated for advertising and television and tackled subject matter ranging from the sciences and sport to urban development, comedy and historical weaving techniques. 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 15 years.

Sion 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.

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