Course Description

In this course students learn strategies for creating finished, professional-quality illustrations based on a rotating series of topics relevant to the business of being a contemporary professional illustrator. Topics and strategies include: digital concept art (production art, card art, genre, etc.), children’s book illustrations (research, pitch, marketing, layout, etc.), editorial. Projects will be completed using an array of digital and traditional media.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an ability to conceptualize visual images from research and reference.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write book proposal pitches.
  • Demonstrate the ability to create worlds and environments for science fiction, fantasy, and other genres; control the medium they use while they enhance their technical skills.
  • Students will read an article/story/essay and sketch and create finished editorial illustrations.


he following syllabus presents the college approved course requirements, learning outcomes, suggested weekly course outline, etc. Your students should meet the defined learning outcomes and COMD Standards, but please adapt the weekly outline, project guidelines, and grading scheme, as needed.

Model Course

If available, a cloneable model course contains learning outcomes, suggested weekly topics and projects, video resources, quizzes, and more.

Course Resources


Name: Sara Woolley

Title: Associate Professor Communication Design


Office: N1127

Phone: 718-260-5128

Course Resource

This course uses the following resource:

Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice, Yale University Press, Ivan Brunetti

  • Big Bad World of Concept Art for Video Games, Design Studio Press, by Eliott J. Lilly
  • Master the Art of Speedpainting: Digital Painting Techniques, 3dtotal Publishing, by Editor
  • Beginner’s Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop, 3dtotal Publishing, Nykolai Aleksander, et al
  • The Business of Writing for Children: An Award-Winning Author’s Tips on Writing Children’s Books and Publishing Them, or How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Book for Kids, Shepard Publications, Aaron Shepard
  • Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market 2018: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published 30th Edition, Writer’s Digest Books, Cris Freese (editor), or most recent edition

Please review the COMD Standards for Curriculum Continuity.

Best Practices

Please review the Best Practices. These standards apply to all courses, whether web-enhanced, hybrid, or fully online, and may be used to inform peer evaluation of teaching.

BFA Resources