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Illustrating a Narrative

Course Overview

Illustration is the art of storytelling through images. Illustrating a narrative creates a subtext for words while communicating and orchestrating an emotional response and enhancing the duplicity of words and pictures. Like theatre, it allows the reader a glimpse into another dimension beyond the words.

This course is designed to develop perceptual, imaginative and technical skills to illustrate a story, a personal prose, a poem, a book cover, a children’s book, an essay, a graphic novel, a travel diary or a personal narrative project.

During the course, Nettie will guide the participants through the steps, techniques and imaginative processes necessary to create and illustrate an individual narrative text, tailored to the specific style and needs of each participant.

 Each week she will set home exercises to focus on particular skills and techniques, demonstrated and experimented within the class, which will provide a “tool kit” of ideas. Each class will involve exercises in ideas generation, general drawing, ( both technical and creative), and a class critique of the homework, encouraging class participation and an exchange of ideas.

 In each class, Nettie will provide demonstrations of various illustration techniques including watercolour, acrylic, collage, photomontage, pen and ink, mono printing and pencils. The participants will have the opportunity to experiment with all the demonstrated techniques.

The first class of the course will be spent experimenting with techniques, the 2nd week will be spent developing illustration ideas for individual projects and the last week will be spent working on individual projects with one on one feedback and instruction for each participant.

  • As techniques that will be taught and demonstrated will vary, participants will be advised each week as to what materials will be required the following week.

An A4 sketch book and 2B and 4B pencils, an eraser, scissors and a glue stick  will be required for every class.

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Nettie Lodge

About the tutor

Nettie Lodge

Nettie Lodge is an Australian Artist. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art, John Curtain University, WA, a Post Graduate in painting from the Banff Centre of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada. She exhibits in Sydney where she has held numerous solo shows since 1995. Her most recent solo exhibition was a conceptual interpretation of the poem THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER, at the Manly Art gallery and Museum, in December 2017. This involved over 40 works on paper and a 3D installation.

She has been writing and illustrating Children’s books since 2000. In 2005, her children’s picture book BIRD, published by ABC Books won a NOTABLE BOOK MERIT at the CBCA Awards. Her book NATEMBA, published by ABC Books won several environmental awards. 

Her picture book TELL TAILS, published by Green Olive Press, in 2022, was written and illustrated as a love letter to animals, during the COVID period.

Her latest published book THE WORLD’S GREATEST TACKLE, published by Woodslane Press in 2023,  (written by Bruce Walker) is about an explosive football game between all the animals and insects of the world.

She works as a freelance illustrator and part time lecturer at Torrens University in Sydney. She lives and works in her studio on Scotland Island in Pittwater, NSW.


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