Module Guide

ANIM1003 Drawing for Animators and Illustrators

Module Tutors: 
Jaime Pardo (Monday 2.15 - 6.15pm)

Stephen Fowler (Friday 9.15 - 1.15am & 2.15 - 6.15pm  )

Submission Dates: See Module Brief & Weekly Teaching Schedule.

Drawing for Animators and Illustrators 
Module Introductory Pack

Aims of the module:
  • To develop visual research skills. 
  • To define the historical and cultural practices of production within the subject of drawing. 
  • Practice observational and life drawing through assorted drawing techniques. 
  • To engage with composing elements to communicate purpose and narrative. 
  • To promote self-directed investigation. 
  • To develop a personal drawing language.
Your main responsibilities: 
  • To keep a sketchbook with you at all times and to use it. 
  • To develop your drawings both in lectures and outside of those times. 
  • To visit as many relevant exhibitions as possible. 
  • To contribute to the studio culture of the department. 
  • To contribute to the critical evaluation and encouragement of your peers.

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to: 
  1. Define the purpose and use of drawing within their specialist subject area. 
  2. Use drawing to describe and explain concept, subject and form. 
  3. Engage with mark making as a means of communication. 
  4. Articulate a range of ideas through drawings. 
  5. Employ drawing as a tool for development of ideas. 
  6. Use drawing to engage with research. 
  7. Contribute to group tasks by providing work and opinions on drawing for communication. 
  8. Reflect on their learning processes. 
You will produce:
  • An A1/A2 portfolio of drawings. These physical drawings should also be uploaded to a blog/online portfolio
  • A number of sketchbook(s) 
  • A 1000 word written task in Semester1. 
  • A 1500 word written task in Semester2.
Contents of This Guide: 
  1. Studio culture and attendance 
  2. Tools and equipment 
  3. Materials suppliers 
  4. Exhibition visits 
  5. Peer assessment, learning teams and group seminars 
  6. Sketchbooks 
  7. Projects 
  8. Contextual sources 
  9. Reading and Resources.
  10. Contacts 

1. Studio culture and attendance
The success of this module depends on student’s presence in the studios to share ideas, contribute to their learning teams and group seminars and to make work. Students must also be in the studios to receive tutorial supervision.

Drawing can be a messy activity that takes time and space. To engage with the subject seriously at this level, drawings need to be made in the appropriate environment.
Students are expected to attend the taught sessions (3-4hrs per week) plus complete set tasks at home (at least 4hrs per week).
Everyone’s contribution to this studio culture creates a lively and interesting environment to learn in and helps you develop your work to a far higher standard, so it is important that you take attendance seriously.

As with all modules, there is a 70% minimum attendance. There are also compulsory sessions; failure to attend these sessions can result in you having to retake the module.

If you are unable to attend, you must at the earliest opportunity let the tutor know by email. “I’m working at home” is not considered sufficient reason for absence.
PLEASE NOTE: The start and finish time of each session may vary. This is because the venues used for location drawing have varying opening times. Please check the module blog before EVERY session to ensure you go to the correct venue, at the correct time!

2. Tools and equipment
The following list is the recommended kit for the drawing module. You may on occasion be asked to obtain equipment not on this list. Please remember to bring paper and drawing media to every session.
Drawing media:
A1/A2 drawing pads (you will use several over the module) or large supply of A1/A2 paper. Drawing pencils in a range from B to 6B.
 Graphite stick/s.
. A dipping pen with a range of interchangeable nibs; fine, medium and broad.

Paints and inks:
A small collection of Acrylic paint tubes (Daler Rowney are fine). Black Indian drawing ink.
A small collection of printing ink tubes.

A3 hardback ( which will act as a drawing board), portrait sketchbooks:
 This type of sketchbook is appropriate for a wide range of activities. The hard-back gives you a good solid surface to lean on and A3 is versatile size to work at. Avoid ring-bound books. DO NOT BUY SMALLER SKETCHBOOKS!!!

A small selection of various brushes.
A small toolbox to carry your equipment. 
Masking tape
PVA glue.
A large drawing board (A2): useful for location work and studio sessions. Fixative for pastel and charcoal work
Staedtler Eraser & Putty Eraser
Pencil Sharpener
Scrap objects for collage and mark-making exercises (bits of card, bubble wrap, old coins, photographs, magazines, bottle tops, buttons, food containers-anything with a textured surface).

3. Material suppliers.
PSW,, Foregate Street, Worcester Worcestershire, WR1 1EE. Tel: 01905 613849

London Graphic Centre,, Covent Garden Flagship Store 16-18 Shelton Street,Covent Garden, London.
WC2H 9JL,  Tel: 020 7759 4500

4. Exhibition Visits
During the module, you may be expected to visit a number of relevant exhibitions. Studying professional work is important for putting your own work into context. It can stimulate ideas and suggest new ways of working. Discussing the work you have seen, fosters debate and contributes to your learning. Why not get together with your peers to arrange gallery visits? On visiting a gallery/exhibition be sure to make notes in your learning journal/sketchbook.
New Exhibitions ( is an excellent website that details current and forthcoming exhibitions, regionally and nationally. The Association of Illustrators ( lists upcoming Illustration events.

5. Peer assessment and group critiques
Alongside your contribution to the studio culture, the Drawing Module offers a number of interactive ways in which you can share ideas and information, give and receive feedback and find support from your fellow students. These include:

During one session per semester, all students are required to attend the formative peer assessment. The ‘FPA’ is an opportunity for you to understand how the assessment system works and see how your work tallies with the assessment profile form. It will help you decide which areas of your work need extra attention before final submission. FPA also provides a formal framework in which to give and receive critical feedback to and from your peers. You need to bring all the work and sketchbooks you have made for the module.

Group critiques are an opportunity for you to receive critical feedback on your work in progress and to see it in the context of a chosen theme or discussion.

Every student’s learning experience is enhanced by such sessions where ideas and understanding are shared. For this reason participation is vital to the success of the module and your learning experience.

6. Sketchbooks
Your most important piece of equipment for the drawing module is your sketchbook. You should carry your sketchbook around with you seven days a week for the duration of the module and make regular drawings of everything around you and everything you see. The sketchbook should be kept like a visual diary of your observations. Use it to harvest visual information.

Most weeks you will be given formal sketchbook tasks. Details of each task will be posted on the blog. Please keep up to date with these, as time management as well as the work produced are major factors in the assessment of the module.
The sketchbook or ‘Learning Journal’ should also consist of notes and observations about your work and that of others.

As well as set tasks, you should make personal drawings. Try to keep the subject matter in your sketchbooks as varied as your life: your drawings should include examples of everything you see: architecture, people, nature, domestic scenes, travel, television, still-life, gigs, films, pubs, parties, shops, galleries, etc.

To use the sketchbook properly as a drawing student, you have to make a habit of using it. The best way of learning to draw is practicing using the sketchbook on a regular basis.

The books you work in should be no smaller than A3 and hardback. You should fill at least one book by the end of the module.

7. Projects.
These are the main assessed tasks for this module:
Drawing folio.
You are required to create a body of work that evidences progression and development of your ideas through each semester. Towards the end of semester one, you will be asked to submit your work in an A1/ A2 portfolio and as an online digital portfolio/blog. You will then receive feedback on your work. The same process will occur in semester two.

Sketchbook/Learning Journal.
Details of how to use your sketchbook can be found in section 6.
During sessions you will be offered a variety of techniques and processes by which you could visually research your subjects. The work you make during these sessions and the contextual research you develop surrounding your work on the module should be commented upon and techniques could be attempted again in your sketchbook/journal.
Make notes in this book or on your blog for this module about the processes you used, artists that influence you and things that you have learnt. This will help you with your Learning Report and make writing it a breeze (see below).

Written assignments
These will include an essay (1000 words) on a related subject  in Semester 1 AND a Learning Report (1500 words) detailing what you have learnt throughout the module at the end of Semester 2.  Your written work should be clear, concise and to the point. Please make sure you take into account the following when you begin to write:
  • Your own argument or opinions and ideas. 
  • References to artists, designers or makers whose work supports your
    argument / oppose your argument and remember to use quotations. 

You will be expected to write reflectively, rather than simply writing descriptively. Write about your feelings, anxieties, errors and weaknesses, as well as strengths and successes and how you expect to progress in the future. You can find another guide to reflective writing here.

The latest guidance and policy relating to referencing at the University of Worcester is available at studying this module are advised to use the Harvard style of referencing. 

There will be two assessment points in this module, one in December (end of semester 1) and one in May (end of semester 2). Both grades will contribute to your final overall grade. 

8. Contextual Sources
To understand the context in which you are making your drawings on the module it is vital that you are familiar with the work of other artists, such as those listed below.
When you discover a particular affinity with other artists it is important that you demonstrate your understanding of the connection between what you and they are trying to achieve or how you are going about it. You can use your sketchbook/learning journal to do this.
Artist to look at:
Otto Dix, Max Beckmann, George Grosz, Egon Schielle, Vincent Van Gogh, Pierre Bonnard, Pablo Picasso, Giacomo Bala, Henri Matisse, Hannah Hoch, Kurt Scwitters, John Heartfield, Paul Klee, Diego Rivera, Ben Nicholson, Ben Shahn, Stanley Spencer, Saul Steinberg,  Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Lotte Reiniger, Paul Hogarth, Lucinda Rodgers, Olivier Kugler, Franz Marc, Wyndham Lewis, C. R. W. Nevinson, Sue Coe, Alice Neel.

9. Attendance
It is expected that you will attend all taught sessions, in the same way that attendance is expected in the workplace. Indeed regular attendance has a significant impact on student engagement, understanding and successful completion of University courses. Furthermore non-attendance will significantly affect your ability successfully to complete a module and may jeopardise your ability to undertake re-assessment in the event of failing a module.

It is your responsibility as a student, just as it would be if you were an employee, to ensure that you are punctual and that your attendance has been recorded on the register each week.

Should you, for some unavoidable reason, be unable to attend a scheduled session (for example if you are ill) then you must send an email to Please include in your email  your name and student number, the module code and name, the date of the missed session, and your reason for missing it. You should make sure that you copy the module tutor into the email and also contact your module tutor to make arrangements to catch up on any work you have missed.

Notification must be received within 6 days of the date of the missed session.

Alternatively you can inform IHCA of your absence via the telephone. Please ring 01905 542542 (John Powell) with the required details.

Students with two or more unexplained absences may be required to attend a tutorial/ interview with the module leader, course leader or head of division to discuss their progress.

10. Reading and Resources
The resource list for this module can be accessed at:

11. Contacts
Module Blog:

Jaime Pardo (Monday 2.15 - 6.15pm)

Stephen Fowler (Friday 9.15 - 1.15am & 2.15 - 6.15pm  )

If you are interested in any of the Fine Art study trips, please contact: Dr James Fisher

**Please note, places for trips fill up quickly so should you be interested, get in touch sooner rather than later.**

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