Online Masterclass: Editorial Illustration

Go from brief to finished illustration in an afternoon on Zoom with editorial illustrator Joanna Layla.

When, Where

  • Zoom


Respond to a real-life editorial illustration brief at this fun, inspiring and experiential online masterclass with Joanna Layla.

Whether you’re a keen beginner or an illustrator looking to build an editorial portfolio, get a taste of the editorial illustration process from beginning to end, tackling everything from composition, drafting and layout to working with art directors.

This structured session will use case studies and examples from Joanna’s own body of published editorial work to inform a series of hand-drawn illustration exercises and introduce new techniques.

During this masterclass you will:

  • Learn key techniques for creating striking editorial images.
  • Get real-life practical experience and knowledge.
  • Work through helpful exercises to develop and refine your editorial illustrations.
  • Build a series of works to add to your portfolio.
  • Leave with valuable tips and advice to help you develop further.

How the masterclass works:

  • The live online masterclass will take place on Zoom.
  • Participants will receive handouts a week before the masterclass and login details the day before – these will be sent to the email address linked to your Paypal account so please email as soon as possible from your contact email address if this is different to the one linked to your Paypal account.

You will need:

  • At least 6 sheets of A4 drawing/rough paper
  • At least 5 sheets of A3/A4 watercolour/cartridge paper
  • Black card
  • Coloured paper (optional)
  • Pencils in a range of weights
  • Coloured pencils/conte/pastels/inks (as available)
  • Charcoal
  • Black ink
  • Watercolour set
  • Palette
  • Water pot
  • Brushes in a range of sizes
  • Drawing quill (optional)
  • Scalpels/scissors
  • Rubber
  • Ruler
  • Collage materials (optional)

This masterclass will focus on hand-drawn techniques but you’re welcome to use any other materials or technology you’d like to for the final artwork.

Experience: No prior experience needed.

About the tutor:

Joanna Layla is an editorial illustrator working across digital and print platforms on a range of themes, from Jeanette Winterson’s fiction to the Calais Jungle. She currently has a solo exhibition on in Sweden and will have her debut London solo show in 2021. She is particularly passionate about fashion and was a featured illustrator on Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week 2020. She has run editorial illustration workshops for magazines and institutions including Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion. Fida has named her One to Watch in 2021.

Feedback from Joanna’s previous masterclasses:

“I had an absolutely wonderful experience at the workshop. It helped me develop by exploring different approaches. I found the support highly encouraging and enriching. Thanks so much!”

“Such an expressive teacher, imparting so much knowledge and energy.”

Course date and booking:

This masterclass takes place on Saturday 23 January 2021, 1-5pm GMT. This masterclass is for those aged 18+ only.

IMPORTANT: Your ticket confirmation will go to the email address linked to your Paypal account. Please email from your contact email address if this is different to the one linked to your Paypal account.

Any questions? Please check our FAQs.


Tickets Price Number Total price
Total amount £0.00
Afternoon online masterclass for adults with Gift Aid£71.50 £71.50
Afternoon online masterclass for adults£65.00 £65.00

Tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable and subject to our general terms and conditions. Age 18+ only.

Your ticket confirmation email may go to the email address linked to your Paypal account. Please contact immediately if you do not receive it.

Gift Aid

The Gift Aid price includes a voluntary 10% donation which allows us to claim back 25% of the total price paid. This small donation makes a huge difference to a charity like ours which receives no public funding – thank you! UK taxpayers only. Find out more at our Gift Aid page.