McComsey Career Development Center
Visual Arts : Illustration

Processes, Techniques, Knowledge Areas

__Editorial/book/documentary approaches
__Wraparound design formats
__Drawing/painting/photographic/printmaking/digital techniques
__Design techniques in illustration
__Mural painting
__Knowledge of human anatomy/kinetic anatomy
__Distortion/dislocation/interpolation/caricature techniques
__Color theory/mixing
__Portraiture/figurative/landscape techniques
__Flat/bas-relief/3D forms of narrative
__Mixed media techniques: collage, montage, assemblage, frottage
__Storyboarding/layout
__Bookbinding (see Book Arts)
__Storytelling/narrative structures in illustration
__Illustration formats

  • books
  • magazines
  • greeting cards
  • textbooks
  • CD-ROM/clip art
  • interactive multimedia
  • posters
  • comic books
  • zines

__Symbology/iconography
__3D rendering
__Scientific, technical, medical illustration

Materials, Equipment, Technology

__Computer programs

  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator
  • QuarkXPress
  • Maxon Cinema 4D
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver, Flash
  • Metacreations Painter

__Wet mediums: acrylic/polymers, oil, gouache, airbrush, watercolor
__Dry mediums: pastel, pencil, colored pencil, crayon, scratchboard, pen/ink, charcoal
__Impasto/additives