The aim of the course is to find among various possible techniques the most suitable (and most comfortable for the student) to represent a story. Freedom does not consist only in illustrating the story with a personal representation: freedom and professionalism rather begin when the illustrator is able to use more than two techniques and can therefore choose the most suitable one (tempera, china, engraving, etc.). “It’s something that happens many times with me when I begin to illustrate, and I find myself trying more than one possible technique. In the end, I am surprised by my own choice. The theory of painting always comes after, never before. With this method we can dig deeper in the rules of painting, chiaroscuro, balance, architectural perspective, aerial perspective and color composition. Of course, character search should not be missing. Many times people asked me how to find a style or a personal representation. A week of course is certainly not enough to find it, but within this time I can help and guide the student to find the way. The research is long, and in the end we realize that an illustration can only be done by one person and not by another. And this act of discovery is a personal satisfaction and a beautiful experience.”(Linda Wolfsgruber)
The program is divided into six points:
Choice of story, study of characters and composition of an image.
Pencil and ink.
Monotype and engraving.
Combination of various techniques.