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Digital Illustration

In these courses, students will dive into character designs, sequential arts, and color compositions for illustration, film, and animation. From there, they may branch into more advanced digital illustration topics, animation, and 3D design. Students will understand the value of digital illustration for many booming industries, including shows, films, and video games.

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Digital Art Learning Path
Fundamentals in Character Design
- Digital Illustration - Adobe Photoshop 1

Digital Illustration I introduces students to basic digital software skills while developing drawing abilities in a digital environment. By the end of the term, students will have used all they learned to create their own personal and professional character concept through the animation and illustration pipeline of learning.

 

Software: Adobe Photoshop

Hardware: Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablet

Fundamentals in Scene Design
- Digital Illustration - Adobe Photoshop 2

Digital Illustration II will show students how to create a scene, design a character for a scene, develop scene layouts, and position characters within a scene. Students will draw from both references and imagination to design backgrounds, character designs, and finished products from concepts. By the end of the term, students will have used everything they have learned to complete a scene that tells a functional story as well as multiple step-by-step concept thumbnails.

 

Prerequisite: Fundamentals in Character Design (Digital Illustration I)

Software: Adobe Photoshop

Hardware: Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablet 

Fundamentals of Comic Storyboard
- Digital Illustration - Adobe Photoshop 3

Digital Illustration III takes what was learned in Digital Illustration I and II and explores the concepts of creating a sequential story. Depending on the student’s main interest, whether it is storyboarding, concepting, or creating comics/graphic novels, students will develop the knowledge for their specific category and focus on repetitive character design, layout development in comic panels, storyboards, and character/item positioning in a scene. By the end of the term, students will have a finished four panel comic, as well as multiple comic pages that tell a functional story or five professional key frames that also tell a sequential story.

 

Prerequisite: Fundamentals in Scene Design (Digital Illustration II)

 

Software: Adobe Photoshop 

Hardware: Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablet

Digital Art Portfolio
- Portfolio Prep

The Digital Portfolio course is a class that allows students to have a primarily focused, one on one lesson plan based on their artistic endeavors. Within the course, each student will explain to the instructor what they are most interested in and what they want to pursue. The instructor will then focus on building a professional-level portfolio and an online presence for the students' work. Students can focus on comics, animation, character design, background design, and Visual Development. 

 

Software: Adobe Photoshop 

Hardware: Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablet 

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