Short Course: Illustrating with ink, watercolour and gouache

A ten-week, hands-on guided exploration of three popular illustration material with Sion Ap Tomos

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About the course:

Ink, watercolour and gouache can be used in many different ways to create a great variety of effects.  However, they can be tricky to get to grips with at first, especially if you are largely used to using dry materials only.

This course is designed to give you the practical knowledge and confidence to get the most out of these versatile materials which can be used expressively with dynamic results and in a very controlled way to create subtle, detailed illustrations.

Focusing on brushwork, you will experience a range of exercises designed to give you an understanding of the properties of each material and the techniques that can be applied with them. You will learn what the materials have in common and where they differ and the variety of ways illustrators use them in their work.

Your skills with these materials will be developed by applying them to a variety of subject matter throughout the course. We will explore light and shade in objects, depict plants and flowers and create atmospheric scenes and figurative illustrations. You will also have the opportunity to apply the materials to your own ideas and choice of subject matter.

As well as learning techniques you’ll also be guided through other important technical aspects such as what papers to use; what brushes to use and when; basic colour theory and mixing; and using the brush as a drawing tool.

About the Tutor

Sion Ap Tomos is a Welsh illustrator, artist, designer and educator based in London. He has worked for many years as a freelance illustrator for a great variety of clients depicting an eclectic mixture of subject matter. He has worked in editorial illustration, historical illustration for museums, reportage illustration, storyboarded and concept illustrated for advertising and television and tackled subject matter ranging from the sciences and sport to urban development and comedy. Additionally he regularly collaborates on illustration based projects with schools, museums and hospitals.

This has given him a wealth of experience which he has been able to draw upon in his education work which began in 2000. Sion has taught at Foundation, BA and MA levels predominantly for Central Saint Martins, UAL and has also been devising and running practical short courses for 15 years.

Sion gained a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design/Illustration at Central Saint Martins college of Art and Design and an MA in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, London.

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Course details:

Time: 6.30 - 9pm
Dates: Wednesdays, 23 January - 3 April 2019 (no class during half term, 20 February)

£300 paid in advance, non-refundable

For more information, download the course information PDF.

How to book your place:

To book, please purchase your ticket below. If you have any queries please contact



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