Illustration Capstone Project

Illustration Capstone Project

The illustration capstone project provides students the opportunity to complete a multidimensional illustration project in three stages, working closely with a department head. A children's book publishing and promotion project will challenge students to demonstrate their proficiency in key aspects of the Illustration program. The project will require research, concept development, and critical thinking, providing students with the opportunity to explore a professional, iterative process as well as experience simulated client interactions.

Illustration capstone project

A portfolio project for Illustration majors

Instructor-Led Course

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Creative Projects

Stretch your skills, grow your portfolio

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Self-paced and scheduled programs available
Course Outline
Preview course topics and assignments.

1 - Choosing a Client

Present your research and concept for initial feedback.

2 - Preparing the Design

Prepare character studies, compositional studies, colors, and typography based on the concept and submit them for additional feedback.

3 - Creating Your Final Deliverables

Create a finished book cover, a set of illustrations for the story, and some promotional material for the new book. You are expected to present your final work professionally and create a presentation that details your thought process and explains the illustration techniques you used.

Course Objectives
Building skills? Here’s an overview of what you’ll learn in this course:
  • Research companies and products in specific genres, design trends in those areas, and other design work and marketing initiatives that may influence the direction of your concept.
  • Research an illustration concept for a children's book publisher, identifying genres, stylistic trends, and reference illustration work to influence the direction of your concept.
  • Use brainstorming, sketches, mood boards, and other techniques to formulate a coherent design concept.
  • Create character sketches and compositional sketches for a book illustration project.
  • Develop colors, typography, and other design elements to consistent with your book illustration concept.
  • Illustrate at least three scenes from a children's book story laid out with the appropriate text.
  • Create an eye-catching cover with text and illustration(s) for a children's book.
  • Create an effective, stylistically consistent poster design to promoting the release of the children's book.
  • Create a polished presentation of your final work including a 500 word professional summary to accompany your materials.
Course Registration

Interested in this course? This course is available to students enrolled in the Associate of Occupational Studies program.

Software and Supplies

To take this course you'll need:

  • Computer with Internet connection.
  • Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Various drawing supplies as desired.
  • Experience in the above software.

Who’s Teaching

Course developed by Jordon Schranz

Student Feedback

The instructors have top credentials and experience and are always there to offer a new perspective, as well as valuable coaching and mentoring. - Myriam Keaton, Associate Degree in Graphic Design.

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