Illustration Concepts

Illustration 4


Hand In

  1. References
  2. B/W Rough
  3. Final Illustration on appropriate paper
  4. Student self-grading sheet: il_grading_sheets.pdf (58K)


  • 3 related illustrations of your choice
  • 3 Illustrations that go on the inside of a chapter book,article, or novel?
  • Chose a subject matter that you are interested in
  • Maybe something that you could use on your GD&M or CD&T Brand Identity project

  • Medium: Prismacolor colored pencils and/or pen & ink
  • Surface: White illustration paper 8.5” x 11”. (Instructor will provide)
  • Size: Fit illustration within a 7” x 10” area on the paper
  • Color: Full color or B/W (depending on the needs of your brand identity project)
  • Hours to complete: 8–14 (you have approx. 12 hrs in class over 3.5 weeks) No Homework!

Remember what makes a good book illustration…

  • Remain true to the story/brand and it's details
  • Deliver the story/brand in small chunks (don't try to tell the entire story in one illustration) (illustrate a paragraph or page of text at a time)
  • Emphasize one main element (make it larger than the rest)
  • Use a unique shape to grab the reader's eye (value contrast)
  • Use contrast to create depth (exaggerate lights and darks)
  • Use a unique illustrative style and texture to create interest
  • Simplify fine details (you don't have to draw everything you see)


Dropbox article with illustrations: (article 1, and article 2)


Ryan Ostrem
Ink and watercolor washes, 2014


Lexi Rox
Black and white colored pencil, 2014



Craig Kunce
Pen & ink and gray colored pencil on paper
(from the chapter book, Hope's Melody, by Jeanna Kunce)




Craig Kunce
Pen & Ink on paper
(from the chapter book, Darien and the Lost Paints of Telinoria, by Jeanna Kunce)