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Introduction to Graphic Illustration

Cornish College of the Arts via Kadenze


In today’s diverse consumer market, illustration exists through many forms of expression breaking with traditional roles of the illustrator. Through a series of projects, students will explore the translation, production and distribution of their visual ideas. Through the integration of design principles and drawing skills, students gain an opportunity to discover new possibilities for illustrated visual expression in the market.

A student should have basic drawing skills, basic digital tool skills (Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop) and understanding in fundamental design theory, in order to take this class.


Session 1: General Project Process  Session 2: What Is Good Illustration? 
How do you achieve originality? A good illustration should communicate the right message to the right audience. This session will focus on graphic design principles that make illustration effective for communication. We will also look at artistic expression—your illustration should show your passion! Session 3: Stylization Tips 
This session will explore principles of Consistency vs. Randomness: The effective image should have consistency in quality as “unity” to be effective. The effective image should also have unexpected quality otherwise it becomes a “predictable image.” Session 4: Compositional Study 
In this lecture, using design principals, I will explain different ways to achieve effective composition in illustration. Session 5: Digital Tools Demos 
This session will offer several tutorials in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, covering basic to advanced techniques for professionally presentable images, including cover some of the most useful functions to create an image. Session 6: Projects 
This session will focus on hand-drawn typography using illustration/illustrative typography. Illustrative poster. Illustrative trade ad using a product photo.

Taught by

Junichi Tsuneoka


4.7 rating, based on 24 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I did the Audited course. I enjoyed the course and the only issue and reason I gave it three stars was the instructor's lack of participation in the course; I know it was free for myself, and that none of my assignment would be graded etc.but other students seem to have no success with contacting the instructor. Even though the course was an audited class, I feel we should be allowed to post and get feedback.
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    Michael Coffing

    Michael Coffing completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    The first 3 assignments are relatively easy, the final 2 combine everything learned and takes the most time if its done effectively. Definitely not for the beginner as the explanations of how to use Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign are general overviews done in about 5 minutes. If you don't know have previous knowledge in those programs, it can be difficult and more time consuming. Plan time wisely on the final assignments so you're not up 'til 12:30am like I was completing an assignment!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    The first lectures give you simple and actionable tips on how to create an engaging and aesthetically pleasing visual, even if you don't consider yourself an advanced visual artist. Overall, you'll leave with a bunch of ideas of how to practice your skills in conveying a certain idea or story through an image.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Really enjoying this course. I do not know how to use Illustrator so I needed to look on YouTube to get caught up with this course. Looking forward to making a poster for my show using the skills in this course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Excellent course! Highly recommended. As an artist with over 20 years experience, I found Mr. Junichi Tsuneoka's style of art refreshing. Can help to relax and break up the rigidity of being stuck on photorealism artwork.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really enjoyed the course and especially the creative tasks. The teacher had a lot of practical experience and used examples from his work to describe principles and creative prompts.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course was very helpful. Taught me some ways of tackling illustration that are now part of my own developing work-process.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really enjoyed taking the illustration course! It's a great way to learn about all of the various processes that go into graphic illustration. I found that I had a lot of fun. I especially enjoyed that you didn't really need to spend too much time each week watching videos and got to spend the bulk of your time on your projects. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is thinking about being a graphic illustrator.
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    Nadège Christine Moyon

    Nadège Christine Moyon completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I audited this course and found it easy for false-beginner. Which mean it is easy if you have a bit have experience in it, otherwise, you will to take the course a few time. But, this is a very generous course. Very well explained and knowledgeable....
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This was a a great way for me to start my design career. I always wanted to take these type of courses in Uni, but never had the time in my schedule. Great to learn about Cornish and how they teach this subject. Also took a class from MICA at the same time on Kadenze. Both courses were very high quality.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I's been an honor for me to take this course at Kadenze. The schedule is very flexible, and the material is very rich. if you work in any art domain, you will find this course extremely useful especially when it comes to being creative.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Taking this course along with Graphic Design course from MICA. I highly recommend taking both at the same time. The work in the gallery is absolutely amazing. Cant believe how many talented artist there are in this course!
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    Adam Mangan

    Adam Mangan completed this course, spending 12 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

    This is a course for illustrators (in hindsight this should be obvious!), but I was actually after Adobe Illustrator/InDesign skills, but I didnt really build those at all in this course..

    I did learn a few photoshop skills and got a lot of illustration practice, the assignments are pretty full on with lots of thumbnails & pencil drafts (non digital) required (on top of the actual finished product), and so you have to leave lots of time for assignments which is 100% of the course (there are no quizzes).

    The presenter is very talented, but I found him very hard to listen too.
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    Almira Macapagal

    Almira Macapagal is taking this course right now, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Hi Im Almira, i want to learn more of being ilustrator and want to know more about graphics illustration please let me make some thing know about this and teach me slowly.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Great course. Very clear lessons and content, covering most of the basics of graphic illustration. + input about how to create own ideas.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I was able to get College Credit for this course. So amazing that I can take such a fun course online and get credit for only 300 dollars! This would be over a thousand of dollars on campus! I had to learn illustrator, but this was a great motivation to finally do it.
  • this is really fun we really need a comment page or question and etc and huh why does this have to be one hundred characters blah blah blah
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    Srm Ihm

    Srm Ihm is taking this course right now, spending 25 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I am learning this course in Free premium. now in session-4, Instructor describe step by step very clear instructions, so its easy to understand everything. Thanks to "Junichi Tsuneoka"....
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Really great course. Learned to draw and use these skills to make posters for my shows. Looking forward for more courses like this.
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    Millie Houston

    Millie Houston completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I didn't mind the fact I had to do this class since my mother chose it for me. Honestly, I didn't want to disappoint her... So I tried my best, even though I have already taken this kind of class before in the past

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