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The Art of Book Illustration

The Art of Book Illustration

This exciting one-week workshop gives you the chance to delve into the world of illustrated publishing and explore its many forms and genres.

To book your place today, simply click 'Book Now' to be taken to AUB's secure online store where you can complete your booking.

What you need to know

Monday 14 August – Friday 18 August 2023


At the point of booking you can choose to add accommodation and/or our popular half-board catering package. See below for the cost of different options.

Course only


Course fee plus accommodation


Course fee plus accommodation and half-board catering package


  • Your design ideas, concepts, plans or rough drafts
  • Enthusiasm and a desire to learn and progress amongst like-minded students

  • A4 and A3 sketchbook
  • All course materials and resources
  • Access to industry-standard software, equipment and studio spaces

To take advantage of our economically priced accommodation, simply select the appropriate accommodation and/or half-board catering option when you book your place.

Accommodation includes

  • Single study bedroom with private en-suite bathroom in AUB Halls of Residence, situated on AUB's campus
  • Halls of Residence Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour on-site security staff and live-in AUB residential staff (help is available 24/7)

Take a look at AUB’s Halls of Residence, just click on the Campus Halls option.

Half-board catering package includes

  • Half-board catering (breakfast and lunch)
  • Single study bedroom with private en-suite bathroom in AUB Halls of Residence, situated on AUB's campus
  • Halls of Residence Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour on-site security staff and live-in AUB residential staff (help is available 24/7)

Take a look at AUB’s Halls of Residence, just click on the Campus Halls option.

  • All specialist tools, equipment and course materials are included in your course fee
  • Come away with increased confidence in your drawing and illustration skills
  • Have the opportunity to experiment and develop your ideas whilst discovering new approaches to creating
  • Gain hands-on experience learning the fundamental knowledge of illustrated publishing and the various genres within this, and to achieve a potential book topic and genre, sample spreads and cover design or concept
  • Receive industry-insights from visiting industry professionals providing specialist subject knowledge
  • Receive expert support and guidance from a practising professional artist, including feedback on your ideas and work
  • The opportunity to network and share ideas with other students from around the globe
  • Access AUB's industry-standard studio spaces, including the specialist equipment and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Leave with skills and foundations that you can use at home to continue creating beyond this course
  • Study alongside up to 16 like-minded students and have fun

About this course

This highly practical workshop has been designed to allow you to delve into the world of illustrated publishing and explore its many forms and genres, from adult graphic novels to children’s non-fiction and picture books. Specifically aimed at illustrators and artists of any level who are interested in applying their work within the world of illustrated publishing.

Taught by Jake Williams, New Designer of the Year 2017 and Edward Stanford Children’s Travel book of the year nominee, this workshop starts by breaking down the major areas of artistic publishing and the essential processes of working on an illustrated book from start to finish. This will help you to build a fundamental understanding of indispensable creative process and the subject matter. You'll explore routes of work opportunities, understand how the market works, and how illustration styles and processes can vary depending on a wide range of genres.

You'll also benefit from visiting lecturers; from industry specialists who shall help to inspire, and to demonstrate the nuances of their practice and book development as well as providing specialised subject experience.

During the course, you'll progress through a range of guided practical workshops and research tasks to explore and develop your own ideas and processes within illustrated publishing. A structured series of workshops will take you through the crucial early stages of preparing an illustrated book and assist in finding a path and topic that aligns with your interest or current practice.

The aim of the course is to provide you with the essential building blocks necessary to start your own illustrated book journey. You'll work towards creating a selection of sample pages, a rough contents list and that all important cover design which could then be used when pitching to real-world publishers or continued upon within a self-publishing format. Whatever the outcome, you'll have a series of completed illustrated pieces to add to your portfolio.

In addition to course teaching hours, you'll be able to access our maker workshops in the early evenings to continue working on your creative pieces, if you wish.

  • Illustrated publishing theory
  • Fundamental knowledge of illustrated publishing and the various genres
  • Different approaches to creating
  • Research and development techniques to work towards the development of personal publishing projects
  • Work towards a pitch-able book consisting of sample spreads, rough contents and cover
  • A range of demonstrations, and insights into famous artists and styles/genres

The minimum age for this course is 18 years.

This is an introductory course, therefore no previous understanding or experience is required, some basic illustration or drawing skills will be valuable.

This workshop is ideal for individuals currently working in a related field who are looking to develop or diversify your skillset within illustrated publishing.

Please get in touch with us if you wish to check your suitability for the course.

All course materials and resources, software and equipment are included in your course fee.

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate email the team at

After this course you could:

  • Study a Visual Communication short course to expand your illustration and creative skills further
  • Continue to harness your creativity; explore our full range of evening and weekend courses courses to see where your creative journey will take you next
  • Use your new skills to further your career or change direction
  • Continue to develop your skills at home as a hobby
  • Continue your illustration for publishing journey by working towards pitching to real-world publishers or pursue self-publishing

  • You'll study at a leading specialist university – so we know what we're doing when it comes to providing unparalleled courses
  • Your tutor, Jake Williams, is an industry professional, so you'll learn from the best
  • We cater for all abilities and have no formal entry requirements for this course, so there's nothing holding you back
  • You'll learn in a safe and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • Benefit from our incredible campus and its industry-standard studios, plus use state-of-the-art equipment and software to unleash your creativity
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Meet your tutor

The Art of Book Illustration tutor Jake Williams

Jake Williams

Your Art of Book Illustration tutor, Jake Williams, is a freelance illustrator and designer with over 5 years of industry experience.

Example book illustrations

See below for a selection of examples of the type of work you'll undertake on this course. You'll explore the full spectrum of illustration techniques as well as genres, from adult graphic novels to children’s non-fiction and picture books. All work featured in this gallery is by your tutor, Jake Williams.

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