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MACA 1090 - Figure Illustration 1

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: None

(3 credit hrs prior to Fall 2005)

Introduction to drawing the human form from life, photographs, and imagination using a variety of media and techniques; a comprehensive study and application of draftsmanship as it relates to the surface anatomy, body movements and relationships, and their systematic application to commercial illustration.

Billable Contact Hours: 6

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate observational skills for greater drawing accuracy with the human figure.


  1. Assemble a reference file from actual photos and other photo sources.
  2. Draw a proportioned/commercial 8 headed male and female figure in the anterior, posterior, and lateral views.
  3. Draw the head in a full front, profile, and ¾ views.
  4. Demonstrate foreshortening.
  5. Apply light and shadow of round and angular human forms.
  6. Draw proportioned hand studies.
  7. Draw the human head accurately in different views so as to capture a likeness.
  8. Draw the figure partially clothed displaying comprehension of gesture, anatomy, proportion, weight and balance, and drapery.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to stress line, mass, texture, value, color, and composition in relation to drawing figures.


  1. Draw gestures indicating strong movement.
  2. Draw the proportional figure in various media for commercial reproduction.
  3. Render the effect of light on the human form.
  4. Develop thumbnail sketches.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to use graphite, color pencils, paper and board surfaces.


  1. Show light and shadow of round and angular human forms.
  2. Identify current illustrators and illustrative trends.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate light, shadow, texture, and color as all relate to human figures.


  1. Produce samples of figurative work as it relates to industry.
  2. Produce samples of human figures interacting with inanimate objects.
  3. Produce figurative work with varying technique and style.

  • 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. Gesture
  3. Motion
  4. Form and Cast Shadow
  5. Core and Reflected Light
  6. Skeletal Bones
  7. Muscles
  8. Emotion
  9. Proportion
  10. Anatomy
  11. Linear
  12. Tonal
  13. Monochromatic
  14. Value Grid
  15. Texture
  16. Features
  17. Likeness
  18. Caricature
  19. Book Cover
  20. Artist Study
  21. Sketchbook Exercises
    1. Drawing from life
    2. Anatomy studies
    3. Artist studies

Primary Faculty
Busch, Matthew S
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Jewett, Mark
Hutchison, Donald

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

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