Discover the rapidly-changing world of non-fiction illustration in an afternoon with award-winning illustrator Owen Davey.
Non-fiction illustration has changed substantially in the last decade. Visit a bookshop today and you’ll find more non-fiction titles filled with exciting artworks and information than old-school photo-realistic textbooks.
In this masterclass you’ll explore ways to use your own process and style to create playful, fun and engaging non-fiction illustration.
You’ll take time over the preparation work – exploring ideas, displaying information and designing compositions – before starting on a final version.
What you’ll do
- Learn about Owen Davey’s process.
- Explore the importance of using thumbnails to streamline your process.
- Find interesting and creative ways to display information visually.
- Design a draft double page spread for a book.
- Start turning this spread into a final artwork.
- Receive feedback on your final artwork on Padlet for up to 2 weeks after the masterclass.
What you’ll need
- Your research notes and references
- Paper or sketchbook
- Pen or pencil
- A4 or A3 paper folded in half
- Preferred art materials for your final artwork (optional)
Some experience of drawing or creating artworks required.
Need to know
Before the masterclass, you will need to do a little bit of research on a chosen subject, from history to technology to nature to cookery, ideally something you find interesting or already know a bit about. Your subject needs to be fairly niche, for example, ‘hornbills’ rather than ‘birds’. Bring a few facts and a few visual references on this subject to the class. Please be mindful of potentially sensitive subjects.
Participants will receive handouts a week before the masterclass and login details the day before – these will be sent to the email address linked to your Paypal account so please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible from your contact email address if this is different to the one linked to your Paypal account.
About the tutor
Owen Davey is an award-winning illustrator who has worked with clients including Google, Facebook, Sony, Lego, WWF and National Geographic. He is the lead illustrator on the award-winning app Two Dots. His picture books have been published in over 17 languages. His Fanatical About Books was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards and longlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal in 2020, while Bonkers About Beetles won Best in Show in the 3x3 Professional Show 2019.