Book illustration at Chelsea College
Today is my first Saturday since I finished the book illustration course at Chelsea and I’m missing it!
It was a fabulous 6 weeks which I feel got some really good work out of me. We were given some briefs to help us create a story and then worked our story up to a dummy book and some finished artwork.
I already had a story and so developed that alongside one of the briefs which was on a day in my life (basically endless school runs, and feeding children…)
Each week started with a show and tell crit session as a group, then we worked independently whilst Carolyn Dinan came round and gave us individual advice.
The third week featured a talk from Zehra Hicks who once did the course, then went on to get a highly commended in the Macmillan book prize and is now working on her fourth picture book!
I didn’t realise until a week before the submission date that the course made me eligible to enter the Macmillan prize, so I then spent a mad week developing my tiger story to enter. I didn’t get anywhere in the contest, but it was a really great experience to produce a full dummy book and finished art work. I now have something to work on, I know many ways I can improve it now.
If you are considering doing the Chelsea course then I’d definitely recommend doing the version that is run over six Saturday’s, you can do the whole thing in a week but I think it would be really hard to make the most of it in a week, you really need the time in between to develop your stories and drawings.
I’m now looking forward to my week in Cambridge at the Anglia Ruskin summer school!