GD216 Illustration I – Course Outline

Weekly Schedule

Week 1: Sept. 8
Course introduction. Survey of Illustration: From Durer to Digital .
Introduction to illustrating with dry media.
Drawing fundamentals – “Line and Shape”.
Project 1 assigned:Classical Elements – Illustrated Set. Due week 3.

Week 2: Sept. 15 
Geometry of Composition.
How to develop a pictorial focal point and directionality. Explore “Golden Section” and other compositional aids.
Review Project 1.

Week 3: Sept. 22
Form and Colour.
Drawing fundamentals – “ Form and Colour”
Rendering form using light and shadow.
Using colour to create form.
Project 2: Updated Children’s Book Cover Illustration. Due week 5.

Week 4: Sept. 29
Drawing fundamentals – “Pattern and Texture”
Introduction to wet media.

Week 5: Oct. 6
Introduction to Digital Forms.
Explore Adobe Illustrator’s ability to create and manipulate shapes and digital forms.
Project 2. Due.
Project 3: Using Adobe Illustrator create an illustrated icon set. Due Week 9

Week 6: Oct. 13
Feild Trip. Mural Festival, Vancouver.

Week 7: Oct. 20
Textures, Masks and Blend Modes.
Examine the creation and use of textures in both traditional and digital media.
Review Project 3.

Week 8: Oct. 27
Review Project 3.
Digital Compositing in Photoshop
Explore Photoshop’s tools for creating composite imagery using both traditional and digital imagery. Examine techniques for creating “silkscreen effect”.

Week 9: Nov. 3
Digital Painting
Explore Photoshop’s brush and painting tools.
Project 3 Due.
Project 4: Create an editorial portrait. Due week 13.

Week 10: Nov. 10
Remembrance Day.

Week 11: Nov. 17
Digital Compositing in Photoshop
Explore Photoshop’s tools for creating composite imagery using both traditional and digital imagery. Examine techniques for creating “silkscreen effect”.

Week 12: Nov. 18
Review Project 4.

Week 13: Dec. 1
Project 4 Due
General Review.