Adult Masterclass: Colour and Composition

Practical advice on roughs, palettes and stronger illustration.

When, Where

Whether you’re designing a single illustration, a book cover or a series of images, colour and composition can help bring a sense of focus and balance to your work.

This workshop will provide grounding in the art of developing roughs and colour palettes, as tutor William Grill shares image-making advice for those looking to improve their grasp of these fundamentals of illustration.

Instead of focusing on making a polished final piece, Grill will guide you through practical exercises that will transform what seem like limitations into opportunities for improvement. We will be working primarily with gouache and ink.

Materials will be provided but students are also welcome to bring their own gouache, watercolour and colouring pencils.

About the tutor:

William Grill is a freelance author and illustrator based in London. He has worked for clients including The New York Times, Harrods, Shelter and Amnesty International. William’s books Shackleton’s Journey and The Wolves Of Currumpaw have won a number of awards – the Kate Greenaway Award, AOI New Talent & Children’s Book Award, SLA Information Book Award, Wall Street Journal & NY Times Best Illustrated/Children’s Book Award, and the Bologna Ragazzi Award for non-fiction – and both books have been translated into over 15 languages. He also enjoys teaching; sharing what he has learnt from his experience of being a professional illustrator.