Credit Hours: 3 semester hours
Prerequisites: ARTS1105 Digital Foundations
Illustration is the act of creating an image to promote, enhance or represent an object such as a book, movie, game, or other narrative and/or commercial product. Illustration utilizes traditional and digital studio practices towards a narrative and/or commercial application. For example, movie posters, book covers, tabletop games, children books, product packaging, magazine covers and images.
This course further develops the use of Traditional and/or Digital arts techniques in order to create Illustrations.
Emphasis is placed on the different steps involved in the creative process behind the creation of an
This class also explores the steps and methods recommended to the students for the promotion of their work in a professional environment.
Note: This class encourages and accepts artwork created with traditional medium. However, Photoshop will be used in class for assignments. The students must be able and ready to use Photoshop in class for sketches and quick work.
Goals and Objectives
The goals of this course are as follows:
Mastering visual composition.
Mastering the use of chosen art medium into an art production workflow.
Mastering time-management techniques involved into a professional freelance pipeline.
Understanding the need for use of References into the creative process leading to the finalization of an Illustration.
Understanding the fundamental importance of developing a body of work that is original and personal.
Using all the developed skills listed above for the conception of a personal portfolio addressed to the professional field.
Students who complete this course should have
Perfected their skills in visual composition.
Perfected their skills with at least one art media, chosen as their main creative outlet.
A strong understanding of the level and diversity of skills required to work as a professional illustrator.
Sketchbook (Some Projects may require preliminary concept work)
DSLR camera (no phone)
USB Flash drive (At least 64GB recommended).
Students should consider purchasing a Wacom Tablet. Ask the instructor if you have any questions about which Tablet to order.
The Materials Needed in that class depends exclusively on the media (Digital or Traditional) that the students will decide to use to complete the course.
Students should consider purchasing a Wacom Tablet. Ask me if you have any questions about which Tablet to order.
Book: Creative Illustration by Andrew Loomis
Book: Spectrum (Artbook) / The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art by Flesk Publication