Join illustrator and artist George Butler for a masterclass focusing on observation and location drawing and on how these relate to creating finished work and, of course, commercial work.
Spend time outside looking at subjects, deciding how to approach them and working on pieces which engage and offer empathy, accuracy and an understanding of the scene in front of you. The particlar focus will be on the immediacy of drawing in situ, and there'll also be opportunities to debate the 'rights' and 'wrongs' of reportage illustration and to find out more about George’s own work.
George Butler is an artist and illustrator specialising in travel and current affairs. His drawings, done in situ, are in pen, ink and watercolour. In August 2012 George walked from Turkey across the border into Syria, where as an unofficial guest of the rebel Free Syrian Army he spent four days drawing the civil war-damaged, small and empty town of Azaz. Six months later he made a similar trip back to Syria to record the refugees' stories. These drawings were reproduced by the Times, the Guardian, Evening Standard, Der Spiegel, ARD television Germany, NPR (USA) and were reported on the BBC World News, BBC World Service, CNN twice, Al Arabiya and Monocle Radio.
However, his sense of adventure did not start here. Since leaving Kingston University, drawing has taken George around the world, depicting the oil fields in Azerbaijan, soldiers in Afghanistan, reconstructive plastic surgery, G20 riots, the New York Fire Department, Asian elephants, murder trials and even an oil rig in the North Sea.
Recently he published a book called A Year of Drawing, cataloguing his time in Syria, Turkey, India and Myanmar. It is available from the Illustration Cupboard.
George Butler also set up a registered UK charity with three of his friends in April 2014 to remind their friends in Syria that they have not been forgotten: http://www.handsupfoundation.org