Illustrating the Animal Kingdom with Sion Ap Tomos

Explore a fascinating subject matter through a variety of techniques.

When, Where

Illustrating the Animal Kingdom is an opportunity to explore a fascinating subject matter through a variety of methods, styles and techniques, discovering ways to capture animal form, movement and detail.

On Wednesday evenings, we will explore land, water and air, working mainly from photographic reference and some taxidermy specimens in the studio at House of Illustration. On two additional Saturday field trips, we will also depict the subject live at one of London’s city farms and at London Zoo (admission fee included in course price).

From wild mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and creatures of the oceans and rivers to the beloved domestic pet, you’ll have the opportunity to both depict your favourite creatures and develop an understanding of species you are less familiar with through image-making.

We will take inspiration from the work and methods of illustrators past and present and be very hands-on as we explore the subject via different materials and techniques including various drawing materials, watercolour, ink and collage.

The course will suit anyone with some experience of drawing and image-making, either recently or in the past, whether professionally or purely personally, but who wishes to gain much more experience and understanding of this particular area and is open to experimenting and exploring different ways of doing it.

Please bring:

  • A range of graphite pencils, specifically if possible: 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B
  • An Eraser (generally the softer the eraser feels in your fingers the better it is at picking up graphite)
  • A pencil sharpener
  • An A4 cartridge paper sketch pad (130 gms) preferably with detachable pages (useful for scanning, photocopying and displaying)
  • An A3 drawing pad, again with detachable pages, but also heavier weight of paper (200 gms +)

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:

Wednesdays 1 May – 26 June from 6.30-9pm (no class during half term on 29 May) at House of Illustration

 There are two additional Saturday field visits:

  • City Farm, Saturday 18 May, meet there at 11am
  • London Zoo, Saturday 8 June, meet there at 10am (admission fee included in course price)


Please select the first date to book the course. The price refers to the whole course, not to individual sessions.

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