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MACA 2176 - Painted Illustration

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: MACA 1040  

(formerly MACA 2175)

MACA 2176 focuses on advanced problems in full color using acrylic paint to produce portfolio samples. Students use a variety of media and mixed media on different surfaces. Samples include architecture, character, vehicle, prop, and product renderings, and illustrative compositions for advertising and animation markets. Problems include setting a mood, telling a story, and being expressive. Group critiques discuss design, concept, color harmony, and composition. May be taken two times for credit with the approval of a Media & Communication Arts advisor.

Billable Contact Hours: 6

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to produce portfolio samples of commercial illustrations that demonstrate technical acrylic painting skills.


  1. Render chrome in full color.
  2. Mix media to create effects.
  3. Develop thumbnail roughs.
  4. Create a montage composition.
  5. Create a full color portrait.
  6. Illustrate a landscape.
  7. Create an original science fiction or fantasy piece.
  8. Communicate displacement visually.
  9. Create an evocative illustration.
  10. Design a comprehensive rough.
  11. Scale and grid photo reference.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate research and organizational skills as they apply to creating full color illustrations.


  1. Develop thumbnail sketches.
  2. Apply the basics of color theory.
  3. Render textures through transfer method.
  4. Neutralize a color with its complement.
  5. Assemble a reference line.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate skills to apply the principles of value, hue, and intensity to their renderings in full color, indicating full comprehension of light, shadow, color, intensity and value.


  1. Create a value grid.
  2. Paint a gradation.
  3. Match colors from a reference with paint.
  4. Scale a room in one point perspective.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Introduction
    1. Classroom etiquette
    2. Attendance policy
    3. Departmental codes
    4. Materials
  2. Monotone Illustration
    1. Value grid
    2. Sketching techniques
    3. Portraits
  3. Full Color Portrait
  4. Gold/Chrome Object
  5. Landscape Illustration
  6. Displacement Illustration
    1. Thumbnails
    2. Rough
  7. Montage Illustration
    1. Thumbnails
    2. Value rough
    3. Monotone comp
    4. Full color finish
  8. Science Fiction/Fantasy Illustration
    1. Character concepts
    2. Location concepts
    3. Prop concepts
    4. Method of transportation concepts
    5. Creature concepts
    6. Thumbnails
    7. Value rough
    8. Monotone comp
    9. Full color finish
  9. Evocative Illustration

Primary Faculty
Busch, Matthew S
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Thero, Laura
Hutchison, Donald

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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