Politics, art, children's books, cooking categories, advertisements; everywhere you see illustrations. But also icons or facial expressions (think of the icons on your phone or on the internet) are illustrations. This course zooms in on different aspects of making illustrations.An illustration serves another purpose than an independent, autonomous work of art. Usual an illustration is linked to a written text and serves to enhance this or to put it into perspective. It is also capable to induce other thoughts into the viewer. An illustration can be a drawing but also a collage or a manipulated photograph. In these lessons, you are going to set out to investigate the possibilities to depict current events in a smart, funny or amusing way.
How for instance, could you represent the complexity of everyday news in an image that makes you think again or makes you laugh? How do you combine text and image? How do you depict your imagination as effectively as possible? An illustration can relieve a heavy message or a boring story light up and clarify a complex problem. With alternating drawing and painting materials, collage, or optionally the laptop, you will explore ways and means to ideas and to surprise yourself. Your work process will be supported by examples from the practice of contemporary illustrators.Under personal guidance you will learn to shape your own ideas. This can result in artwork at a self-fabricated story, drawings/paintings at a recipe book or e.g. a series of cartoons or caricatures.