Sunday, July 20, 2008

Fantasy Art Unlimited…

A look at the 2008-2009 Sessions for the popular course…

Well it’s that time of year once again and the highly successful, evening Fantasy Art Unlimited Course I run is about to start its second season within our new venue at Livesey Children's and All Age Centre, here in Blackburn.

The course has been in existence for the last four years and there are a few places left for this next semester.

Here are a few details for the latest course:

  • Duration of FAU course: 30 x weeks
  • Duration of sessions: 3 x hours each session
  • Evening: Wednesdays
  • Course Start Date: Wednesday 10th September 2007
  • Cost of course: £100.00
  • The deadline for payments is: Wednesday 3rd September 2007

Address of Venue:
Livesey Children's and All Age Centre - Andrew Close - (off Scotland Bank Terrace) - Blackburn - Lancashire - BB2 4NU – UK

There is plenty of on-site car parking.

Some details about the course content:
The course will cover lots of things from the basics of sketching loosely and confidently, through to inking and painting.

Topics covered include:

  • Comic books
  • Graphic Novels
  • Game Design
  • Book Jackets
  • Children's Books
  • Cartoons
  • Storyboards
  • Character Designs
  • Background designs
  • Logo Designs
  • Film/Animation Conceptualisation
  • Storytelling techniques
  • And lots more besides...

The course is geared up to suit each individual student.

One student may wish to do comic book styled work whilst someone else wishes to work with storyboarding, and so on.

All students learn the same techniques but each employs these techniques with their own subject matter.

My experience in the art fields enables his students to draw from a wealth of information, whether it is used for purely leisure or potentially commercial purposes.

During the course other professional illustrators and designers are invited along to act as guest speakers. The students are then able to watch as each creator works on an original piece of artwork, thus enabling them to see how different people all work in individual ways to achieve similar goals.

The course is not just about learning to draw and paint, etc, it is also a valuable resource for learning how the industries work and what it entails when looking for a career in the arts fields.

The students' work is usually exhibited at Blackburn Museum, at the end of the course.

This year the students produced a magazine entitled Hybrid XII, which you can check out at their forthcoming events. *See Below for further details*.

The students each receive an induction pack consisting of resource lists of recommended artists, reference books, how-to books and websites where they can purchase the books from, etc.

I’ll have ongoing demonstrations, throughout the course.
E.G. how to "Loosen up" and "scribble" to sketch quickly and accurately.
Students are introduced to blueline pencilling techniques.

The emphasis on the course is having lots of FUN!!!

Upcoming Events for your Diary:

Local Family Fun Day:
There is an open day at the Livesey Centre on Saturday August 10th from 11:pm – 3:00pm and the Fantasy Art course will be there with an exhibition stand, where you can see the students working and also me running a series of demonstrations. Come along and join in the fun.

Taster Session:
There is a “FREE” taster session on Wednesday 3rd of September beginning at 6:00pm and lasting until 9:00pm. There will be original artwork on display at the session for you to look at and my students and I will be on hand to answer any and all of your questions.

The session is open to the public and gives potential new students a chance to sample the course for themselves.

For further details email me at:

So if you live in or around the area and you would like to learn to draw like the Marvel and Disney artists feel free to pop along to the Livesey Centre and see what’s going on.

Until next time have fun!

Tim Perkins…
July 19th 2008


Anonymous said...

That sounds like a lot of fun.
Love the part of the name "children's & all age".
Too bad I'm on the other side of the "pond".
Sounds cool that it's geared to suit the individual tastes.

Tim Perkins said...

Hi Emilio,

Thanks for dropping by.

Yes, the centre only opened in January 2007 on the site of what used to be a school.

It's an excellent facility.

I have been asked about it so often that I am looking at the possibility of turning it into an on-line course too at the moment.

I plan on posting some photos up at some stage to show folks what we get up to and how much fun everyone has.

Hope you are well.

Best Wishes,