ART-265: Illustration

Liberal Arts
Fine & Performing Arts
Art (Art History)
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Eligible to take ENG courses at HFC, ART-102 ART-107, or Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description

Emphasizes traditional and digital drawing and painting techniques used by illustrators to create commercial illustrations for print and digital media. Presents effective techniques when using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. This class meets for six (6) hours a week.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Concept development including brainstorming, thumbnail sketching, and conceptual sketching for illustration.
    • Develop illustration concept on paper, scan or photograph, use it sketch to create a finished illustration.
  2. Discuss well known illustrators, techniques, and the distinction between fine art and illustration.
    • Evaluate the work of some important illustrators.
    • Interpret professional techniques and styles of illustrations
  3. Finding and using photographs as inspiration and reference. Discuss usage and copyright in the art process.
    • Appraise inspirational images and save for future reference.
    • Assemble images as a basis for illustration without breaking usage laws.
  4. The use of typography including hand rendered type in illustration and design.
    • Use traditional and/or digital tools to create handwritten typographic art.
  5. Illustration techniques such as marker, gauche, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and the unique properties of each. Discuss how the message relates to the chosen media.
    • Define a visual communication, develop using media best fit to the intended message.
  6. Using Photoshop painting tools in to create painterly digital illustrations.
    • Experiment and implement Photoshop painting tools to create painterly illustrations.
  7. Vector illustration techniques using Abode Illustrator including Bezier pen tool, shape building and pathfinder tools, gradient/blend modes mesh and texture.
    • Manage the Bezier pen tool in Adobe Illustrator to construct complex shapes.
    • Use gradients and fills to modify complex objects in Illustrator.
  8. Presentation of illustrations including saving files for print, matting and digital submission.
    • Present finished illustrations in a professional manner.
  9. Introduce Illustrator gradients tools including gradient mesh.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  • Evaluation of illustration assignments
  • Test as described in the course syllabus
  • Class Participation includes discussions and critiques

Text to be determined by the department/instructor.


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Portfolio Review
Portfolio Review Details

Provide, in writing, a request to the department. Indicate the rationale for requesting credit and describing the type of college-level learning or course descriptions. Portfolio must contain 3-5 pieces of evidence that illustrates competency in all course learning objectives. Department faculty will evaluate submitted portfolios based on the evaluation rubric. Evaluation rubric and student checklist located in School of Liberal Arts Office. Interview with appropriate departmental faculty to discuss the request and work samples.

Interview Details

Interview, given in department by department faculty. Faculty will interview applicants based on submitted portfolio and will assess against evaluation rubric. Evaluation rubric and student checklist located in School of Liberal Arts Office.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2022
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date