Illustration: Traditional

Broaden your illustration knowledge and creative potential through a range of projects. Create detailed and stylized illustrations that communicate ideas, capture characters and envision imaginary spaces. Using pen and ink, conté, charcoal, and watercolour, you will learn to consider line, texture and tone. Future illustrators, animators, graphic novelists or fine artists are invited to learn traditional illustration techniques as they develop their individual style and grow their body of work.

Learning outcomes

Through successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze visual and conceptual intentions of traditional and contemporary illustrations
  • Create illustrative imagery to represent concepts or communications
  • Illustrate using diverse application techniques and visual styles
  • Utilize various media, tools, and materials for dynamic illustration
  • Define and employ personal illustrative style for professional practices

Materials & Resources

Due to the online nature of the program this year, students participating in SIT will be required to have their own access to the required software, hardware and materials for their registered studio.

Full list of supplies will be available by May 1st, 2021

Estimate cost of supplies: $100-$120

Required software: None.

Required hardware:

  • Computer with webcam to join BlueJeans or Zoom sessions.
  • Headphones and microphone
  • Tablet or a smartphone to document progress of your work.

About the instructor

Joni Taylor is an artist / illustrator / writer, whose work is deeply informed by the eclectic influences of MAD Magazine (from the 70s, now known as Classic Mad), SNL (Roseanne Roseannadanna), the chaotic satirical work of Ralph Steadman, and the dynamic duo of Roald Dahl— whose characters and plots are always a little on the naughty side, and Quentin Blake — whose illustrations are decidedly quirky.

Passionate about the plight of the underdog (takes one to know one), Joni’s subjects are those who are unknown and unseen yet have incredible amounts to offer. From feminism to ageism and global warming, Joni feels strongly about setting the record straight — even if it’s just in her own mind. Her work is imbued with her own hyperbolic sense of what’s funny and what’s possible to get away with.