Monday, January 12, 2015


 Illustration Principles, ILL 362.1

Instructor        John Thompson                    Phone                        315 256-8201
Office             349 Shaffer                             E-mail   
Office             Wednesdays, 2PM-5PM

*Prerequisite / Co-requisite:
ILL 261, ILL 262, ILL 361

Second semester junior level illustration majors

Principles of Visual Communication: choice of subjects, procedures, and the practice of illustration. Studio class assignments.

Additional Course Description:
Visualizing the text will be the primary emphasis for this course. We will also explore ideas, events, and personalities. This will involve creating illustrations
for various publishing forms. The assignments will be an editorial portrait, a fiction story, and a book.

We will use a creative process for each assignment. You will familiarize yourself with the material, create rough ideas sketches, present your ideas, research your subject, make final sketches and execute final art.

Most classes will be divided in two parts. Lectures, presentations, assignments, and critiques will make up the first part of the class. Drawing and painting from the model will take up the remainder of the class. The drawing and painting media for in-class use this semester will be open.

Basic Course information:
Credits: 3
Room/Bldg. 307 Shaffer
Day/Time: 8:00AM-12:30PM
Dates: 01/13/15 – 04/28/15

Learning Objectives:

After taking this course, the students will be able to:
1.     Become proficient in visualizing text
2.     Understand the creative processes and client communication used in story illustration
3.     Apply research in the development of a creative solution
4.     Become more proficient in painting and drawing the figure
5.     Apply personal artistic identity to visual problem solving

Required Reading:
The Boy Who Drew Cats

Suggested Readings:
The New York Times
The New Yorker
Communication Arts magazine
The Society of Illustrators Annual
American Illustration

Websites and Blogs:

Drawing and Paintings materials (Paint, brushes, palette)
Pad of Strathmore Bristol Vellum (heavy weight smooth pad for painting)
Drawing pad
(Plus other surfaces including canvas, canvas board, Masonite, cardboard)

·       Editorial Portrait, ”Gone, But Not Forgotten” (Learning objectives 1,3,5)
·       Illustrating the Manuscript, “The Boy Who Drew Cats” (Learning objectives 1,2,3,5)
·       Illustrating the Book (Student’s choice) Three paintings (Learning objectives1,2,3,5)
·       In-class Drawing and Painting (Learning objectives 4,5)

All junior Illustration majors will show all of their work done for their illustration classes and any other studio based courses on April 30.
Three major projects            75%
Each assignment involves a specific problem and creative process. The grade for each assignment is based on how well you follow
The process as well as the level of quality and creativity you achieve in the final art.
In-class figure studies           10%
Attendance                          15%
(see attendance policy)

Course Specific Policies on attendance, late work, and make up work,

Attendance Policy:
You may have one unexcused absence. The second absence will lower your grade. Third may result in failure. Continued lateness may also contribute to a lower grade. All assignments must be completed on time. Handing in an assignment late will result in a lowering of the grade.

Make up work:
You may receive extra credit for doing additional work throughout the semester.
Should you miss a class, you can get partial credit by attending the open figure drawing classes on Thursday evenings.

Academic Integrity
Syracuse University’s Academic Integrity Policy holds students accountable for the integrity of the work they submit. Students should be familiar with the policy and know that it is their responsibility to learn about course-specific expectations, as well as about university policy. The university policy governs appropriate citation and use of sources, the integrity of work submitted in exams and assignments, and the veracity of signatures on attendance sheets and other verification of participation in class activities. The policy also prohibits students from submitting the same written work in more than one class without receiving written authorization in advance from both instructors. The presumptive penalty for a first offense by an undergraduate student is course failure, accompanied by a transcript notation indicating that the failure resulted from a violation of Academic Integrity Policy. The standard sanction for a first offense by a graduate student is suspension or expulsion. For more information and the complete policy, see

Disability-Related Accommodations
If you believe that you need accommodations for a disability, please contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS),, located in Room 309 of 804 University Avenue, or call (315) 443-4498, TDD: (315) 443-1371 for an appointment to discuss your needs and the process for requesting accommodations. ODS is responsible for coordinating disability-related accommodations and will issue students with documented Disabilities Accommodation Authorization Letters, as appropriate. Since accommodations may require early planning and generally are not provided retroactively, please contact ODS as soon as possible.

Religious Observances Policy
SU religious observances policy, found at, recognizes the diversity of faiths represented among the campus community and protects the rights of students, faculty, and staff to observe religious holidays according to their tradition.  Under the policy, students are provided an opportunity to make up any examination, study, or work requirements that may be missed due to a religious observance provided they notify their instructors before the end of the second week of classes for regular session classes and by the submission deadline for flexibly formatted classes.

For fall and spring semesters, an online notification process is available through MySlice/StudentServices/Enrollment/MyReligiousObservances.

Student Academic Work Policy
SU policy on student academic work may be found at:
Educational use of student work: I intend to use academic work that you complete this semester in subsequent semesters for educational purposes. Before using your work for that purpose, I will either get your written permission or render the work anonymous by removing all your personal identification.

Calendar of weekly events:
January 13        Go over syllabus            Hand out first assignment-“Gone But Not Forgotten”
January 20        Assignment #1 sketches due                                               In-class figure studies     
January 27        Assignment #1 Final Art due                                               In-class figure studies
February 3         Assignment#2 , “The Manuscript”, The Boy Who Drew Cats                       model   
February 10       Assignment #2 Thumbnail sketches and presentation                               model 
February 17       Assignment #2 Working sketches due, Tim Bower, (guest illustrator)   model
February 24       Assignment #2 Final drawing due                                    In-class figure studies
March 3            Assignment #2 Final art due        (Proposed Book due for Ass.#3)   model
March 17          Assignments #3 “The Book”, Thumbnail sketches due                    In-class figure studies      
March 24          Assignment #3 “The Book”, Working drawings due, London Ladd (guest)     
March 31          Assignment #3 “The Book”, Final drawings due     In-class figure studies
April 7                Final art due                                                                  In-class figure studies
*April 11-12         MoCCA conference in New York for those who are involved in the project           
April 14              Final art due                                                                                         
April 21              Final art due                                                                                                     
April 28            Final Review of all work done for ILL 362
April 30            Junior Survey

*extra credit

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