Digital Illustration Online Art Course (D11)

Tutored by  Monique Piscaer Bailey

The Digital Illustration Course is a Diploma Course

Digital Illustration Course

Student Artwork  (Detail) by Monique Piscaer Bailey - Me

Open the door to a new world of artistic exploration. Unleash your creativity with a new set of tools and techniques from the digital realm with the Digital Illustration Course from the London Art College.

With simple, clear tuition you will learn everything from making your first digital marks on a digital canvas to layers, effects, transformations and vectors. All of this with your experienced tutor by your side to guide you throughout and teach you shortcuts learned from years of working digitally.

The course includes:

  • Guidance on choosing your hardware and software
  • Bitmaps & Vectors
  • Using digital brushes, pencils and pens
  • Using colour, highlights, shadow and blending
  • Adding text
  • Layers, filters and transformations
  • Combining your real world art with digital techniques

And much more!

Whether you are looking for another medium to explore, or you are a professional artist seeking the digital advantage, this course provides all the detail you need to get started. Scroll down to read more about what the course entails.

Student Artwork by Nicola Senior

Student Artwork by Nicola Senior . Check out examples by our students for  'The Cottage Project'

Course Prices

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Course Content & Duration

The following is an overview of some of the areas that are covered in the course. The expected duration of this course is approximately 1 year although the college allows students up to two years to complete their studies. This course is suitable for all students.

Media: Equiment used

Subject: Areas covered

Techniques: Skills developed

Any Computer running Windows or MacOS
(this does not include tablets or mobiles)
Flatbed Scanner Connected to a Computer
Photo Editing Software -
(Gimp & Inskcape which are Free)
Graphics Tablet - See information below

Using drawing and painting tools
Working with colour
Manipulating your images
Using layers
Shapes and lines
Word and pictures

Transition from traditional to digital
Full understanding of digital illustration
Developing your technical abilities
Drawing and painting digitally.

You will require - Some Knowledge of Computers

This is not a computing course so we recommend brushing up on your technology skills before continuing. For example; we will ensure we give you all the information you need to scan your artwork into your computer so we can colour it, however we are unable to teach you how to connect your scanner and how to scan. 

You will require - A Computer

You will need a computer or laptop running Windows or MacOS to complete this course.  This does not include ipads, tablets or mobile phones. It is important that your hardware is up to running photo editing tasks and dealing with large files. The better your set up is, the faster you will be able to work. Something less than five years old is preferable but not essential. Don't feel you need to splash out on new hardwear specifically for the course.  

As long as your set up can run photo editing software like GIMP and Inkscape and you can attach a flatbed scanner and a Graphics Tablet to it, your set up should be fine.  These are explained in more detail below. You will also need room on your computer to store your files so you can save them for later. It might be handy to use an external storage device. 

You will require - A Scanner

We recommend using a flatbed scanner connected to your computer so that you can digitalise your hand drawn artwork. This can be any scanner / printer or a dedicated photo scanner. It can be purchased new or second hand. As long as you are able to scan your artwork into your computer, you will be fine. Scanners produce better results than photographs of your work as they will provide you with a flat, evenly lit version of your drawing or line art to work on in the computer. 

You will require - A Graphics Tablet and Pen

Using a mouse to manipulate your digital work is cumbersome and it can be done for this course, however a Graphics Tablet will be easier for you.  Graphic tablets give you the feel of a pencil or pen in your hand and are pressure sensitive. This means the harder you press, the darker the line just like a real pencil. They are much more precise than a mouse. You can purchase new or second hand, there are usually plenty avaliable at a variety of price points. Don't feel you have to buy the best or anything too expensive. You can always  upgrade in the future. 

You will require - Photo Editing Software - GIMP and Inkscape

The digital illustration course and worknotes are designed to be used with GIMP and Inkscape. Although most editing software is similar, we reccomend using Gimp and Inkscape while you are learning and working through the course. Other programs may be problematic if your toolbox, filters and settings are very different as your tutor may not be able to advise you. GIMP and Inkscape are free to download and use and you might find the following information helpful. 

If you would like to find out more about GIMP or Inkscape please visit our Student Help Section for more information, with links to download and videos to get you started.

If you have any questions about the requirements for this course please email and we will be able to guide you further. 

Critiques Online

Students are able to upload their artwork to the 'The Art Room' on our website. Each student is given a unique username and password on enrolment for their own private section in The Art Room. Students can upload their artwork for the tutor to collect and critique. The tutor will then upload feedback for the student to download. 

Digital Illustration Course

Student Artwork  (Detail) by Quayz Hippolyte - Mortal kombat

Tutor Support

All our courses are written to be complete in themselves. However we realise that students may appreciate being able to get clarification about various things as they work through their programme as well wanting reassurance that they are putting techniques into practice effectively. The tutors provide the technical support to deal with relevant queries.

Most courses have their own dedicated Tutor. The tutor keeps the course up to date and relevant to today's students. They are available to the individual student for advice and encouragement. Each course has regular exercises and assignments that are constructed in such a way as to give the student the opportunity to practice the techniques learnt on the course and to test themselves as they go along. The student is encouraged to submit the assignment work to the college for the tutor to critique. The student's work will be returned together with the tutor's personal critique. On many courses the assignment work may be suitable for inclusion in a student's Portfolio of Work that could be very useful later. The college will use the assignments submitted as the basis for any award of a letter, certificate or diploma.

Digital Illustration Course

Student Artwork (detail) by Debbie Norton - Button with the Bamboo

Samples pages from this course

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Sample Images from the course

Below are a few images from the course itself illustrated by tutor and artist Spencr Hill.

Original Bitmap IllustrationTraced in Inkscape Using ColorCourse Image

Testimonials from students

Hi Spencer Here is the final assignment, I can't believe i've got to the end of the course so quickly. It's been alot of fun and part of me wishes it wasn't over. I fully intend to carry on doing this kind of work and would really like to thank you for your wonderful encouragement, which not only push me to get through the course but also gave me the confidence I needed. Many thanks

Liana Dear

Hi Spencer. My assignments for part 6. I have really enjoyed the lessons & have learnt heaps. I am sad that this is the end, but only of lessons not of learning.

Elaine Richter

I feel like I have learned a lot from this assignment, so thanks very much. And thank you for your feedback, I really appreciate it. Cheers

Jenny Drew

Thanks so much for your brilliant friendly and helpful tutoring.

Eleanor Patrick.

Thank god for kind tutors, google and teenage sons. All three have come to my rescue today but you most of all. Greatly appreciated, hope you are enjoying your evening, I'm off to be a mum now and cook for my starving family! Thanks a million,

Nicola Senior

Doing the course at the London Art College just made me love it more. My tutor Spencer Hill is one of my heroes. He has been so encouraging, even after the course. He made the course so enjoyable. He is a great guy.

Tracey Thomas

Thanks for your comments on my first assignment - feeling very positive after them and excited about the second one.

Jamie Sanders

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