Montgomery College 2015-2016 Catalog 
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Montgomery College 2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GDES 134 - Illustration I

(R only)

Introduction to illustrative drawing and painting, using traditional and digital media. Topics include units on drawing from observation, basic composition, conceptualizing, visual narrative and sequential story telling and output for print and interactive media, the employment market, and business practices. PREREQUISITE(S): ARTT 100  or consent of department. Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory each week. Formerly GD 134.

3 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:

  • Define the term illustration as it is used in the field of graphic design. (Defining Illustration)
  • Explain the distinction between the terms “illustration” and “art.” (Defining Illustration)
  • Discuss major markets for illustration such as editorial, book, advertising product and packaging, and institutional. (Major Illustration Markets)
  • Identify elements of and uses of conceptual, narrative, and advertising illustration. (Major Illustration Markets)
  • Complete illustrations for advertising, packaging, book, and editorial markets. (Major Illustration Markets)
  • Identify key movements and innovations in the history of illustration. (Historic Overview)
  • Employ key elements of successful illustration. (Elements of Successful Illustration)
  • Apply the creative process of making thumbnail sketches using visual images to express an idea. (Intent/Communication)
  • Identify uses of formal and informal composition in creating visual communications. (Composition)
  • Identify key elements of formal and informal composition. (Composition)
  • Demonstrate the relationship between composition and shape. (Composition)
  • Identify uses of light and dark as a story-telling device. (Value)
  • Apply concepts of light and shadow to strengthen the communication of an illustration. (Value)
  • Employ areas of texture and areas of non-texture as a device to strengthen an illustration. (Texture)
  • Demonstrate the role color can play in effective visual communication. (Color)
  • Apply knowledge of color theory to create effective visual communication. (Color)
  • Demonstrate the use of proper reference in creating illustration.
  • Demonstrate good drawing skills to create effective illustration.
  • Define one and two-point perspective. (Image: Drawing with Perspective)
  • Employ one and two-point perspective to create effective illustration. (Image: Drawing with Perspective)
  • Employ details to dramatize and enhance an illustration. (Image: Drawing with Perspective)
  • Identify a variety of traditional and digital techniques used in illustration. (Illustration Techniques)
  • Practice a variety of traditional and digital techniques used in illustration. (Illustration Techniques)
  • Discuss business practices such as copyright, contracts, ownership and fees. (Business Practices)

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