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MACA 2190 - Figure Illustration 2

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: MACA 1090 

(3 credit hrs prior to Fall 2005)

Advanced study of figure illustration as applied in book, magazine, advertising, and other commercial area; assigned problems using materials and techniques required by mass reproduction processes. 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 A: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate an aesthetic sensibility in regard to illustrating the human figure.


  1. Illustrate the bone and muscle structure of the human anatomy.
  2. Apply various media used in mass reproduction (line ink and pencil, wash, charcoal, markers, acrylics, watercolor, etc.).
  3. Draw the figure fully clothed displaying comprehension of anatomy, weight, balance, and drapery.
  4. Assemble a reference file from actual photos and other photo sources.
  5. Draw a proportioned / commercial 8 headed male and female figure in the anterior, posterior, and lateral view.
  6. Demonstrate foreshortening.
  7. Identify light and shadow of round and angular human forms.
  8. Draw proportioned hand studies.
  9. Draw the human head in different views so as to capture a likeness.

Outcome B: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate technical skills to create commercial figure illustrations.


  1. Draw the figure with a limited color palette.
  2. Draw the figure in full color.
  3. Demonstrate techniques of fashion illustration.
  4. Draw children.
  5. Draw the proportional figure in various media for commercial reproduction.
  6. Render the effect of light on the human form.

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


  1. Explain light and shadow of round and angular human forms.
  2. Identify current illustrators and illustrative trends.
  3. Illustrate the figure as it relates to problem solving with current visual communication trends.

  • 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. Limited Palette
  5. Form and Cast Shadow
  6. Core and Reflected Light
  7. Skeletal Bones
  8. Muscles
  9. Full Color
  10. Emotion
  11. Proportion
  12. Anatomy
  13. Linear
  14. Tonal
  15. Monochromatic
  16. Value Grid
  17. Texture
  18. Features
  19. Likeness
  20. Caricature
  21. Book Cover
  22. Artist Study
  23. Mixed Media
  24. 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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