"The subject matter is the paint, and the paint
speaks of human needs."
- Joan Snyder, painter
Illustrations for children Books, Advertising and Magazines
This course provides a hands-on experience on illustration skills
and the business aspects of being a freelance illustrator. Interpretive
and narrative illustrations will be introduced. Focus will be on children
books. Also touched upon are illustrations for advertising, magazines
and graphic designs. Each class will deal with a different issue about
the profession and topics will be explored in a progressive manner. Students
will be assigned a book or other editorial project at the beginning of
the course. They will be walked through the production of this project
during the course, and will be expected to complete the project (as a portfolio)
by the end of the course. There will be in-class exercises, homework, and
group critiques on all assignments.
in the course:
Illustration by Aries Cheung © 2002
- Introduction: Overview
on process, styles, techniques, and formats; "pains and gains" of a
career in the industry of children's book, advertising and magazines.
- Character Development: how to visualize
personality and emotions; how to develop a unique or personal style.
- Story: how to work
with text; how to create images "inside" and "outside" the story.
- Research: how to find visual references;
how to build up details and make your characters sympathetic and settings
- Composition: how to
"freeze" frame; how to create "point of view" for the required moods
- Effects: how to use
styles, colours, and special techniques to create certain effects; how
to use materials, tools and computer to facilitate the process.
- Editorial Format: how
to proceed from "thumbnails" to "final" artwork; how to work with the
technicalities of book design, reprography and printing.
- Getting Published: how to
self-promote; how to work with a publisher; how to negotiate a contract,
royalties, and copyright.
Water of Possibility
Book Cover Illustration
Watercolour on paper