Reportage Illustration

Reportage Illustration
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 22 August 2018; 4 May 2019
  • Course duration: Three days

Reportage is an exciting and growing trend in contemporary illustration, crossing into the world of politically-informed graphic novels that require immediacy and authenticity.

This course is aimed at those wishing to develop their observational drawing skills in a new and exciting way, beyond the parameters of a traditional drawing course.

Reportage illustrators are artist-journalists who work directly from life to document events as they unfold, incorporating spoken language and visual elements in their work.

The UK leads the way in reportage art, with news outlets frequently using artists to document social issues.

While some experience of drawing (not necessarily formal) is desirable, the primary requirement is a willingness to draw, a sense of curiosity and a desire to comment on an issue.

Anyone wishing to develop their portfolio, amateur artists, graduates and professionals illustrators are welcome.

What will I gain?

The course will enhance your creative practice through creating a body of reportage work.

You will add work to your portfolio, refine your observational drawing skills, increase your confidence in drawing in public, and develop professional connections.

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:


Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

On this course you will:

  • research topics such as people, social spaces, politics and social justice
  • look at work by reportage illustrators such as Guy Delisle and Joe Sacco
  • develop a range of different techniques including fast and slow drawing, drawing objects and people in situ, and drawing with shapes
  • draw in various public spaces around Nottingham city centre
  • produce work on the spot, without alteration
  • explore washes, line work, sight measuring, perspective, light and shade, and tone
  • incorporate text into image
  • be encouraged to develop your own ideas
  • compile your work into a portfolio
  • interact in a group and discuss themes that have arisen.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418