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Art of Illustration

Illustration creates a visual solution and communicates our ideas in a visual way, allowing us to express our understanding of the world around us. On this practical course you’ll receive a comprehensive introduction to the world of illustration, from brief to concept to final artwork, with the aim of developing your personal style of image making.

Course overview

This practical course is available to study in either our spring or autumn term. Check out the term dates and different course options below.


Wednesday 5 October – Wednesday 7 December 2022

Duration and times

10 Wednesdays 18.00–21.00


Toby Fox Drew




Wednesday 18 January – Wednesday 22 March 2023

Duration and times

10 Wednesdays 18.00–21.00


Toby Fox Drew



Course details

On this course you’ll look at different approaches to art, design and illustration to help inform the development of your artwork and to understand illustration in the context of visual culture today.

You’ll use time-honoured tools, cutting-edge contemporary software, and develop a variety of techniques to allow you to explore new ways of image making and develop your personal style.

You’ll be encouraged to visit and record exhibitions and collect images and materials to inspire your practice. Sketchbooks will be used to help build your confidence in the process of visual problem solving, drawing, gathering research and thinking through ideas. By the end of the course, you’ll have a bank of visual knowledge, curated to your own interests and style, that will lead to new ideas and exciting outcomes.

In your sessions you’ll have the opportunity to develop your illustration practice using the creative process, including mind-mapping, research, and development, in order to create illustrations with confidence while responding to a variety of briefs. 

  • Narrative illustration 
  • Illustration for picture books and publishing
  • Decorative illustration (products and packaging)
  • Visual sequencing 
  • Editorial illustration 
  • Using drawing, digital, and analogue painting, collage, linocut and more 
  • Working to a brief 
  • Using Photoshop and/or Procreate 

The course aims to:

  • Develop your understanding of how to approach illustration
  • Create illustrations to a professional standard
  • Develop your style and creative voice
  • Explore ways to tackle a brief and create interesting solutions
  • Encourage you to learn new ways of working with industry standard software

Toby Fox Drew is an illustrator and educator living and working on the south coast. Toby’s work is largely character-driven fantasy illustrations, made with either digital or analogue paint. Toby attained a masters in illustration which he completed at AUB, and he's made work for video games, trading cards, picture books, album covers and more.

You can see examples of Toby’s work on his website.

  • You’ll feel confident approaching illustration in a range of mediums and techniques
  • Group share your work at the end of each session with the intention to support, inspire and encourage each other’s learning
  • You’ll develop a sketchbook of experimental and finished works in a variety of mediums. This could be a bridge to further courses
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate get in touch with the course team at

This course is suitable for complete beginners as well as those looking to enhance their existing illustration skills. No prior illustration experience is required, we simply ask that you come with plenty of enthusiasm and a desire to learn and communicate visually. Suitable for creatives aged 18+.

  • A4 or A3 sketchbook
  • Laptop or iPad with either a drawing tablet/apple pencil
  • Photoshop/Procreate/similar digital painting programs
  • Drawing pencils
  • Drawing pens
  • Coloured pencils or pens
  • Watercolours or inks
  • Watercolour brushes
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener
  • Pair of scissors or a craft knife

All additional course materials are included in the course fee.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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How to Enrol

Looking to book onto one of our Evening and Saturday courses? You’ll find everything you need to book your place here.

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Short Courses Booking Terms and Conditions

Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking onto our Evening and Weekend courses.

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