ILUS 208 F091: Illustration Process: Topics

This course varies in topic from section to section, and is repeatable for credit so long as the thematic topic has changed. This course will introduce students to illustration methodologies and develop a capacity for critical discourse concerning the content of imagery in applied art practices. This will be achieved through an iterative process that maintains a continued focus on a specialized skill set. Topics might include: Colour Theory, Digital Illustration, and Perspective, among others. As an impressively diverse field that spans print, screen, objects, and environments physical and virtual, Illustration increasingly necessitates versatility in both material process and problem-solving skills.

This course is subject to priority rules; see here.

Each section of this course runs with a different topic. See here.

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Topic: Colour, Composition and Light Description

This course explores the use of Colour, Composition and Light in illustration, providing a comprehensive guide for using these essential image-making methods. Course offers lectures, demos, hands-on exercises and assignments which are designed to assist and guide students to investigate these principles and maximize the visual appeal of their images. Students will gain understanding how to best arrange compositional space, so that their illustrations express the desired message. They will become familiar how to articulate mood and atmosphere, maximizing the emotional impact. They will acquire understanding of colour, which will allow them to achieve suitable colour schemes. Students will explore the entire process of making successful illustrations, starting with thumbnail sketches, effectively perform colour studies over these thumbnails and explore multiple light sources to design dynamic and meaningful illustrations. By the end of this course, they will gain the experience of having completed several illustration projects, while receiving group and one-on-one feedback.

Outline Weeks 1 & 2 - Learning essential principles of composition in creating compelling illustrations. Understanding how to use basic rules to create simple and powerful compositions. Weeks 3 & 4 - Becoming proficient in choosing the correct lighting for your composition and learning how to best position light source to create the desired atmosphere and visual rhythm for your image. Weeks 5 to 6 - Attaining essential knowledge on colour theories, mixing and schemes. Exploring and apply principles of colour to your illustration. Learning how to use colour to create and manage mood, ambiance and emotional effects of your images. Weeks 7 to 14 - Experimenting, investigating and applying the skills required to successfully render composition, lighting and colour. Generating sketches, developing step by step essential image-making principles to create final illustrations.


Completion of 21 credits

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ONLINE course.
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Date / Time Days Room Building
Sep 7-Dec 18