- The course helps prepare students to learn to confront the creative challenges of elaborating illustrations with content and form.
- The course covers two parallel processes: firstly, developing the dexterity of drawing in each of the course projects, from the beginnings in brainstorming sessions, with thumbnails, to later finished hand made illustrations; and secondly, developing each student’s work with content and meaning; its elaboration with visual metaphors and creative invention.
- The course stresses the importance of content and meaning in image making. That is why it contains classes that analyze myths, archetypes, and symbols. These empower us with an ability to communicate with images, and are found everywhere in a broad cultural realm of our society.
- The course invites student to experiment with different traditional artistic materials and handmade techniques, and also create work with an emphasis on personal style.
The course begins with a brief history of illustration. And also with an analysis of the theoretical and symbolic sources that provide us with conceptual tools for interpreting ideas with images. These help find the solutions for better developing imaginative projects. After that, students attend workshops that introduce basic important illustration materials and techniques: pencil, watercolor, and collage. These techniques are worked in project-workshops with an emphasis on the many possible professional applications in areas such as fashion, publishing, children’s stories’ books, etc.
These workshop sessions rely on two important dynamic illustration work aspects:
- Drawing on physical supports such as paper, and discovering the major creative differences this marks with digital creations processes and their own limitations.
- And of course projects! (differents projects with daily exercises, weekend work and a final project).
This course is for students interested in design areas such as illustration, graphic and visual arts and other image related activities, and that have some background and experience in drawing and painting. It is also for those that are interested in learning how to create and elaborate handmade art-material illustrations with a special emphasis on drawing, as well as the use of inventive resources. It is for helping to explore processes that generate illustrations as visual metaphors.
Is an illustrator, printmaker, painter and teacher born in Santiago de Chile. He studied fine arts and CA in the United States and received a Visual Communication’s degree from Delgado College in New Orleans. After settling in Barcelona in 1983 he has continued developing his work and exhibiting in different countries, illustrating freelance for newspapers like El Pais and La Vanguardia in Spain, and other newspapers, magazines and book publishers in Europe and the United States. He has experience and participated in design projects in Spain, Denmark, Germany and the United States, as well as art therapy workshops and classes in Barcelona. He has written on art for different publishers and has work in different private collections, as well as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Some of his works were selected by the WID Word And Image Department for the museum’s permanent collection. He created the course Creative Illustration: Idea, Concept & Image, which has been running since 2010 at the IED in Barcelona, and has had students attending from over 25 countries from all over the world.
Duration and frequency:
1st of July 2019
Frequency: 4 weeks
Timetable: Monday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.
* The educational planning for all IED Master courses is aligned with the criteria established by the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). The IED Master program has adopted a credit structure that follows the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The IED Master issues private degrees.