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Illustration & Design Master

The digital textbook of the Illustration & Design Master Creative Art Course takes you from the basics of Foundations to advanced composition, line drawing, illustration, and reportage. In-depthIllustration and Design Master demonstrations instill principles of design and how to apply them in contexts from magazines to branding to fashion to artwork for various media.

Illustration & Design Master Curriculum

Once you’ve completed the Foundationscurriculum, the Illustration & Design Creative Art Course curriculum design will enable you to master advanced techniques in topics such as figure composition, drawing, illustration, design principles, and more. Experienced artists can benefit from reviewing the tips and techniques in this two-volume textbook.

Chapter 1 – Figure Composition
The figure is a living, changing shape • How the action of the figure expresses its mood • Select the most descriptive pose • A second figure adds complexity and interest • How to make the figure dominate the picture • How our picture borders affect the figure’s action • Controlling the figure’s movement • Sharpening up the picture idea • Composing a crowd scene • My approach to illustration: Bernard Fuchs • Portraiture in illustration

Chapter 2 – Composition and Mood
Communicating messages through symbols • Communicating feeling in a picture • Expressing feeling and mood through value • Visualizing sound • Visualizing scent • Expressing atmosphere by symbols • Putting our feelings into pictures • Rhythm and composition • Selecting the theme • Theme, feeling, and symbolism in pictures • Norman Rockwell: evolution of a picture • Albert Dorne: using a symbol in composition • Tom Allen: importance of feeling and mood • Sharing in the experience • Expressing
feeling • Light, air, and mood • Drawing on location • People and personalities

Chapter 3 – Line Drawing and Tonal Painting
What is line drawing? • Think it out before you begin • Expression in ink • Selecting the right tool • Scratchboard techniques • How I make an illustration in line: Fred Ludekens • Gallery: A variety of approaches to line drawing • Tonal painting • Interpreting tones in the model or photograph • Controlling the edges of tones • The over-all design comes first: Peter Helck • Flexible thinking is valuable • Reportage • Different story – different style • Choosing an appropriate medium • Portraits • Wonderful world of movie posters • Case history of a poster • Magnificent works of Bob Peak

Chapter 4 – Landscapes and Interiors
Make the best of landscapes • Every region has a character and a mood • Make your landscape elements specific • Setting the locale • Time and the elements • The weather in your landscape • Finding the key to arouse interest • Selecting and organizing the view • Interior • The interior and the people who live in it • Constructing the scene • Consider the vantage point • Lighting the interior • How much background to use • You have a choice of views and arrangements • Controlling textures and value • Some devices that create interest

Chapter 5 – Animal Drawing
Animals and art • Human and animal: different yet alike • The first step: comparing basic structures • The second step: comparing proportions • Variety in heads and feet • The horse • Comparing the horse with other animals in motion • How to draw the dog • How to draw the cat • The cow • Getting acquainted with characteristics of various animals • Don’t let hide or hair fool you • The bird • The bird in flight • Things to remember

Chapter 6 – Fashion Illustration
Fashion through the ages • Proportions • Posing the figure • Selecting the right pose • Posing different age groups • Basic fashion folds • The fashion head • Choosing the accessories • The fashion hand and foot • Textures • How to render print fabrics • Children’s and girls’ fashions • Men’s fashion • Proportions • Fit of men’s clothing • Relaxed poses • Casual poses • Heads and hats • Spotlight on Joseph Denaro

Chapter 7 – The World is your Studio
Franklin McMahon: “This is my job” • Preparation makes perfect • Pictures tell the story • Your eyes and hand record the event • Opportunities surround you • Continuing interest in a significant subject • Around the world with Dong Kingman • Tips for outdoor sketching • Observation and recording by Tracy Sugarman • Examples of reportage • Reporting on the Monaco Grand Prix • Sketch images from television

Chapter 8 – Principles of Design
Basic ways to divide space • Using non-geometric shapes • Two- and three-dimensional effects • Basic layout designs • The importance of black • The power of simplification • Your choice of techniques • Collage • Humor in design • Charles Harper: simplifying animals

Chapter 9 – Advertising and Editorial Design
Case history of a design • Reducing a head to a design • Stylizing the figure • The evolution of a magazine cover design • The indirect approach and the direct approach • Translating words into pictures • Controlling basic directions in a design • Symbols and how to design them • Trademarks and corporate symbols • Using type as a major element of design • Advertising designs created with type • Letterheads • Blending words and pictures • Designing a CD jacket