FINAL Project: Narrative Illustration


DUE:  May 22 | Week 15

Final Project Due with In Class Presentation

  • Story Description
  • Character Designs & Concept Art
  • Process Book


Final Art can be made using any combination of traditional drawing / inking skills and digital coloring. Final art must make full use of value and read as a finalized piece of art work.  Final art may be in Color or in Black and white.  If in color a limited palate is highly recommended. 


50 % project grade Submit a PDF PROCESS BOOK guiding us through the project from inception to conclusion.

  • Carefully SCAN your process work. This should include : Your brief Story Proposal,  Brainstorm, Character Designs, Thumbnails, Concept Sketches, Value Roughs, Related Sketchbook Work, and Final Art.
  • Carefully Label all of your work so that your thought process is CLEAR. Be sure all of it is presented well: facing the right way, no shadows in the picture, good contrast, etc.

50 % project grade Submit a publication ready 300 DPI JPEG of Final ART


DUE MAY 22rd









May 8 | Week 13

DUE: Project 3 FINAL Art.

DUE: Narrative Illustration Proposal

NEW: Project 4 –  Character Design Rough Sketches

(Get approval early on openlab for MORE WORKING TIME!!!)

NEW : Thumbnails for Final Project Narrative Illustration 

(Get approval early on openlab for MORE WORKING TIME!!!)


May 15 | Week 14

Work in CLASS on Narrative Illustration Character Design & Concept Art Rough Sketches

DUE : Project 4 – Narrative Illustration Character Design & Concept Art Rough Sketches. 

DUE : Thumbnails for Final Project Narrative Illustration


May 22 | Week 15

DUE: Project 4 – Narrative Illustration FINAL ART

IN CLASS Presentation of working process and FINAL ART




Simple Digital Coloring



There is no hard and fast rule on HOW to digitally color.  Digital coloring in infinite and there as many different methods to work as there are artists out there.  I wish you the best of luck in finding the method that works for you.

Here are a few tutorials just to get you started.  If you find some good tutorials, please share them in the class resources!


Coloring Line Art in Photoshop…

Simple animated painted style in Adobe PS:

Heres one for Procreate:

Project 3 – Editorial Illustration



Hello Class!  Here is the Lecture on Editorial Illustration and Visual Metaphors.


Project 3: Editorial Illustration Overview:

For the next project you will be creating an editorial illustration for use to accompany an article in a magazine, printed or online.

The illustration must be created using a limited palate of black, white, and 1 other color and should be made using a combination of traditional drawing / inking skills and digital coloring.  Final art should be made to fit the real magazine’s specs. (Approx 9” x12”)

Final work will be judged on the uniqueness, clarity and cleverness of overall the concept, utilization of composition, skillful use of media, use of a full range of value, and of course overall technique.


IMPORTANT You MUST post your article and response in OPENLAB in order to meet project deadlines. 

DUE next week: PROJECT RESEARCH including your Article, your written response, facts and visual research, Brainstorm, and Thumbnails.

Editorial Assigment PART 1


Hello & Welcome!


Welcome to Illustration 1!  This course is a hands on introduction to the field of illustration. Our goal in this course will be to give you the professional tools used by illustrators working in the field today.  As well as to cultivate your personal vision or voice as an illustrator.

On this site you will have access to materials presented in class, your weekly assignment pages, and additional helpful resources.  Here you will also post your images to share with your classmates.

Carefully read the directions in the UPLOADING INSTRUCTIONS POST on how to post to this site and to your ePortfolio.

— Happy Drawing!

Office Hours


If you need to communicate with me privately, please email me at:

or stop by my office hours:

N1126 Tuesdays 1-2 pm and 6-7 pm


If you have questions about the assignments please post them so that answers benefit other students who have the same questions.  Be sure to categorize by project.  

Also be sure to post assignments for feedback on work in progress!


Uploading Instructions


Upload your Projects from this semester into your ePortfolio.  

Upload your Sketchbook from this semester in the Sketchbook Category on this site.

Be sure to give the artwork a title.  On our class site, write brief descriptions of the drawings, and be sure to reference the drawings’ titles.  Your descriptions should include what you feel the aim of each drawing was, what you learned from making it, and what was challenging to do.  Of course you may write other comments as well. For instance, you may ask questions for other students to answers.

How to Post to our class: On this class site, go to Post located on the left > Give your drawing a title in the subject line like this: Assignment 1, thumbnail drawings: “Evil Urges” > Write a brief description of the drawing in the Comments space > Just above your title click on the Add Media icon (it looks like a camera on top of a music note) and browse for your file > Click Insert > Click Drawings in the list of Categories on the right > Click Publish at the top right.

Your description should include what you feel the aim of the drawing was, what you learned from making it, and what was challenging to do.  Of course you may include other thoughts as well.

How to Post to your ePortfolio:  Go to Dashboard > New Page > Pages > Add New > Locate “Parent” in the Page Attributes > choose “Academics” from the pull-down menu. In the Title area of your ePortfolio, be sure to write the name of our class (Foundation Drawing) or our course code (COMD1103).  Also be sure to Publish, and invite me to join your ePortfolio.  In settings, be sure to state either “Public” or “Private>visible to City Tech members.”  Otherwise no one will be able to see what you’ve posted.

To take the photo, find a spot with even light so that you will have no shadows or strange light gradations across the drawing.  Frame the drawing so there is a small even frame on all sides.  Optimize the file, or reduce it to 72 dpi, with a file size no more than 1MB (about 8-9 inches on one side). Rotate it if necessary to it uploads right-side-up. If you have access to any photo-correcting program, see if you can increase the contrast so that delicate drawing lines are visible.

Narrative Illustration Proposal

For my project I decided to focus on the short story ‘The Little Match Girl’. In the original published in 1845, a young girl attempts to sell matches during a cold and heavy winter, however with no one buying her matches she instead lays down in a corner afraid to return home to her abusive father. In attempts to warm herself, she lights the matches and views wonderful sceneries of a warm fire place, food, and her grandmother. The girl is found dead, frozen stiff.

In my recreation, the girl doesnt die nor does she have an abusive father, instead it is an action/adventure genre in which the girl has the ability to conjour fire and uses the matches to strengthen her fire. The story will take place during the Victorians Era, mid 1870s to late 1880s. The anatagonist is a greedy wealthy man, owner of the factory the girl is forced to work on up until her escape.


Gabriela Martinez Narrative Illustration Proposal

I decided to do the fairytale Hansel and Gretel mixed with the Central American urban legend: La Llorona. Hansel and Gretel originated in Germany and it tells the tale of a brother and sister being abandoned in the woods and running into a house made of candy. After entering and eating portions of the house, a cannibalistic witch confronts them and keeps them hostage for her to eat later. After some smart thinking and a stroke of luck, the siblings trick the witch and escape the jaws of death. In the urban legend La Llorona, a woman loses her children and thus mourns for them while roaming the nights wailing like a mad spirit. It is advised that if you hear crying and cannot find the source, to just run away and don’t turn back.

My take on these two is to combine them. Taking place during the 1950’s – 1960’s, two siblings are walking home late and they suddenly hear crying in the distance. The older brother is wary while the younger sister is disturbed. They’ve heard the story of La Llorona and know that going straight home would be the safest bet. But she’s in their way and they have no choice but to walk past her! They wait until the ghost points at them and says “ah! son mis hijos!” (ah! it’s my children!) and heads straight for them. The siblings run away and the story focuses on this encounter and how the siblings try to escape. Instead of a cannibalistic witch capturing them, it’s a ghost that tries to take them with her but in order to do that they would have to cease to live.

Wang. AnQi-Book Proposal for Final Project

My book concept is based on the story of Swan Lake, a ballet composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875–76. My target audience is the children in between 5-6 years old. The original story is: Prince Siegfried who was told by his mother to choose a bride at the royal ball in the following evening. He is upset that he can’t marry the bride he loves. He then goes on a hunt in the forest with his friend. In the forest, Siegfried meets a princess Odette who is cursed by a spell of Rothbart, an evil sorcerer. She is a swan during the day and she would turn into a girl at night. When a man really falls in love with her, the spell would be broke and she can be saved from the spell. They obsess by each other and soon fall in love. Siegfried then invites Odette to the royal ball so that he can announce his bride is Odette and save her from the spell. However, Rothbart comes to hinder this happiness. He brings his daughter Odile who transforms to exactly look like Odette to the ball. Siegfried thought that is Odette. When Odette appears and realizes the trap that Rothbart set to Siegfried, she is trying to warm Siegfried. But it is still too late, Siegfried doesn’t see her and proclaims that he is going to marry Odile. Rothbart sees the success of his trap, he releases the magic to show that Odile is not Odette. Siegfried then realizes and go back to the forest. Since the spell cannot be broke, Odette remains as a swan forever. She cannot bear with it, so she chooses to die. Siegfried is too guilty, he chooses to die with her. This breaks the spell and also kill Rothbart.
I am going to use the character Odette and Odile. I will change the human form to the cat. I am going to show the scene in which Odile attend the royal ball with the black outfit in the royal garden. She looks similar to Odette and dances with Prince Siegfried. Odette is locked outside of the garden. She sees Odile is dancing with Siegfried. Her face is marked with grief. Odile is satisfied by seeing her suffering and appears evil smile on her face.

Project 4 Story Idea

The original story where the concept derived from is from the story, Repunzel by The Brothers Grimm.

In the original story we have a princess, named Repunzel, as “a damsel in distress” locked in a stair-less tower by a witch and is eventually saved by a prince …. However, in my story, she is her own knight in shining armor. The story take place in a Nigeria (a country in W. Africa) in a village complex called, Umuahia, (so yes, she’s a darker skinned African). Ngozi, stubborn, yet strong willed, is the oldest of 7 children in a prestigious royal family. She is appointed to take the throne after her mother. her mother, Chibundo, who favors her more than the rest of her 6 siblings. One of her siblings, Azuka, who has strongly envied her for years, is in disdain, so one night she gives Ngozi a herb to knock her unconscious for a few days, she then locks her away in a sky-scrapping  tower where she eventually removes the stairs. The mother, who has no idea what Azuka has done, thinks Ngozi is died and gives Azuka her future crown. As Ngozi unknowably is locked away, she finds magical herbs growing within and around the tower, she starts feeding on them and gains strength and power in the most usual part of her body, her hair. For the 10 years she is imprisoned, her hair grew rapidly and out of control, she then locs it for easier management.

In the duration of 10 years, the mother dies from heartbreak and Ngozi is still locked up in the tower. Her younger sister, Azuka, is set to take the throne as queen. But, Nogozi, now older and stronger with her hair longer, is going to escape the imprisonment and take back her rightful place on the throne from her wicked, corrupted sister.

Details: Whenever Ngozi is in fury, her eyes glow along with her locs, as strength generates in her locs.

Target audience: Young adults to mature adults; has violence and gore (not too much though).


Project 4: Story concept

Tricia Browne


In this version of Thumbelina, Thumbelina still emerges from the flower of barleycorn given to a peasant’s wife by a beggar woman. She is still kidnapped in her walnut-shell cradle in the night by a toad who wants her as a bride for her son. And is helped to escape by a nice fish and butterfly.

My version follows the story line till she is left to protect herself from the elements. Out of survival she teaches herself methods of hunting and getting used to eating certain foods she watches how the other animals/bugs live and adapts.

One day she is given shelter by a field mouse. Who tells her about a people who are in danger of being attacked constantly they have a small army but they still need more people to protect them. Thumbelina sets out to search for them with a little guidance from the mouse telling her the direction to go. When she finds them she offers her help. She shows them her skilled as a warrior and they train her further when he is finished she sprouts wings and is given the ability to fly alongside the other warriors which includes the prince of their people. She had been trained by him and some others.


Project 4 Story Concept Idea

The story I will be retelling is the Origin of the Chinese Zodiac. In the original folklore the Jade Emperor holds a race to determine which 12 animals would be on the calendar, the biggest challenge of the race was to cross a huge river. Both the Cat and the Rat can’t swim so the agree to ride on the back of the Ox in order to cross the river. While crossing the Rat pushes the Cat off and he drowns. In my retelling of the race the animals are humanoid versions of themselves and the race is a motorcycle race. The Rat and the Cat are tied in the lead until they come across the “Ox” Bridge. The Rat knocks the Cat and his bike off the bridge down into the river below where he drowns.

Project 4 story proposal

The fairytale I will be retelling is Goldilocks and The Three Bears.

I will use a Native American Indian theme to portray different but similar visual characters as the original story.  This tale is about three Native American Indian defenders who equip weapons and wear bear fur coats that allow them to transform into bears in order to protect the forest and their communities from evil entities however, theirs an evil spirit called Goldilocks that’s hunting as well as killing innocent people in terrible ways.  As guardians of the forest its their duty to put their lives on this mission no matter the cost, to kill Goldilocks so, the massacres can finally end.

Narrative Illustration: Background, Characters and Story

Background: The original story of Pinocchio was that he was a wooden puppet boy was that he was found by a carpenter and then later given to a man called Geppetto. Geppetto takes him in and one day finds out that he doesn’t have any legs after a placing them on a stove. He builds him new legs and runs away to frame Geppetto for mistreating him. Geppetto is then thrown in jail. Pinocchio finds a cricket who warns him about the consequences of being mischievous and foolish. Pinocchio doesn’t listen and kills the cricket with a hammer. After Geppetto is released from jail, Pinocchio tells him that he will get his life together, and Geppetto gives him gold coins. One day, a cat and a fox approach Pinocchio by telling him that if he plants his gold coins, a tree will grow with gold coins. He gets warned by the ghost of the cricket to not listen to the cat and the fox because they are lying. Pinocchio didn’t listen the first time and gets hanged by the cat and fox. He is rescued by a fairy with turquoise hair. The fairy says that the more Pinocchio gets foolish, the more his nose grows. Pinocchio said he learned his lesson but gets tricked by the cat and fox once again and gets his coins stolen.

Characters: I will use the characters Geppetto, The fairy, and Pinocchio. Geppetto is an evil environmental scientist who lives in a forrest and is using plants as a weapon. He is against the fairy who is a warrior and protector of the forrest. Pinocchio is a deformed tree monster that is on Geppetto’s side.

Story: One day, Pinocchio finds a man named Geppetto. Geppetto sees he has no arms. He tells Pinocchio that if he drinks a chemical he can grow new arms. Pinocchio thinks about it and leaves. Pinocchio then meets The Fairy Warrior who tells him about Geppetto and not to fall for his tricks. Pinocchio’s doesn’t listen to the The Fairy Warrior and goes to Geppetto so he can have arms. Unfortuantely, Pinocchio turns into deformed tree monster after drinking a chemical provided by Geppetto. The Fairy Warrior is approached by Geppetto and Pinocchio. Both sides battle it out to see who takes control of the forrest.

Project 4 Character Designs : Submit Your Work

Project 4: Character Designs for Final Project

Overall Description:

In this multilayered project you will reinterpret a classic folk tale or fairy tale through your own creative lens.

For this part of the project you will develop characters for your original concept.

These characters and concept sketches may, but are not required to be in color.

Art can be made using any combination of traditional drawing / inking skills and digital coloring.


Project 4 GRADING BREAKDOWN           

25 % project grade Written Story Proposal Post on Openlab. (PROOF READ YOUR POST.  SPELLING AND GRAMMAR COUNT.)

75 % project grade Character Design Model Sheets, and the 6 Basic Expressions or more for at least 2 characters.