FINAL Project: Narrative Illustration


Narrative Illustration Lectures and Examples

Hello Class, below is a ton of information!聽聽 Pace yourself. Its all important, but just check out a couple of these posts and Lectures at a time, and then give yourself some time to consider the material before you continue.





In this multilayered assignment you will reinterpret a classic folk tale or fairy tale through your own creative lens.聽 You will, through the course of the assignment develop characters, setting, and finalize illustrations featuring the same character in two very different settings and situations.

DUE:聽 MAY 21 | Week 15

Final project will be reviewed during Individual In Class 5 minute Presentations

A complete project will include:

  • 1聽FULL COLOR ILLUSTRATION (Book Cover or Interior Illustration Full Bleed )
  • 2 FINISHED Pencil Drawings
  • Story Description
  • Process Work including: Character Sketches, Reference Sketches, Photo Reference*, Color/ Value Studies.


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.聽 Choosing a limited palate is highly recommended.




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




Stanley Quach Story Concept

Elvis Died at the Florida Barber College

The story describe a 10 year old boy in the orphanage that was curious of Elvis Presley of how all the girls were attracted to Elvis due to his wavy hair. Upon half an hour, the matron from the orphanage called all the boys to visit Florida for new shoes and a haircut. He gets an idea to get Elvis hair cut which attracted most of the girls, so he can be like him where he can become popular and attractive someday. Upon the visit at the big barber shop, the boy asked a man, which was a barber to ask for a hairstyle like Elvis. However, the matron asked the barber which shook his head, telling her no. The matron then ask another men about the barber cutting the hairstyle, where the boy realize that the barber was not allowed to provide Elvis Hair Cuts. Afterward, the matron and the barber yelled at each other and walked separately. The barber then walked outside, smoking a cigarette while the boy followed and stood beside him and asked about Elvis Presley.

Change for Interpretation:
My change for the story is the style of the characters where it involves all human-like people into skelations that are alive and take part of the story which remains the same. The place has been mentioned in the story which is in the barber place, but the time is not mentioned. The change will also involves a gloomy night.

Clear Targeted Demographic:
This short story can be a teen-friendly story with the project idea of drawing cartoons of both the skelation and the setting of the barber place.

Description of Characters and Setting of the project:
The character involves the main character of a boy in a orphanage, and a barber and matron.


Project 3: Editorial Illustration


Project 2: Editorial Illustration:

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聽limited palate聽of black, white, and 1 other color and should be made using a combination of traditional drawing / inking skills and digital coloring.聽 Final art should be made to fit the real magazine鈥檚 specs. (Approx 9鈥 x12鈥)

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.



CHECK IN VIA EMAIL ONCE DURING SPRING BREAK. 聽I WILL CHECK AND RESPOND TO EMAIL ON WEDNESDAY 4/24. 聽If you would like feedback you will send your Finished Pencil drawing and your digital value study by that date. 聽A color study by that date is also recommended.






Working in Color: The basics


Color is one of the most powerful aspects of making art. Almost everyone who loves to create can remember the childhood excitement generated by a brand new box of crayons!


Everyone聽has a favorite color, artists and non-artists alike. 聽Our relationship to color is one of the most powerful relationships we have as a species. It is intrinsically connected to how we relate to our world. And so of course it is one of the most powerful aspects to consider when making art.



Color Temperature

Much of our relationship to color is based on instinct. For example, we see colors as warm or cool based on our physical response to them.


Warm things are warm colors (such as fire, the sun, hot coals, and in this case hot food.)




and cool things are cool colors (such as water and ice, which as blue or bluish).





Interestingly warm and cool colors also create a sense of perspective and depth when we look at an image. Warm colors tend to advance towards us, whereas cool colors tend to recede away from us.


In these two images note how early 20th-century illustrator Edmund DuLac uses this trick. In the first image of聽The Princess and the Pea聽he creates a sense of incredible height, as the cold blue-purple recedes from the viewer, effectively raising the height of the bed canopy. And in the second one,聽A Palace of Wonder, a sense of depth is created between the warmth of the interior space and the cold dark outside.

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However, a great deal of our reactions to color are not innate, they are in fact cultural. For example Black and Death are associated in many Western cultures, in many Eastern cultures it is associated with white鈥攊ts direct opposite.

Take a look at this info-graphic. Note how many color associations change, depending on where you are in the world. However also note how HOT and COLD or Color鈥檚 Relationship to Temperature do not.

It is however important to understand your target market and the culture that they come from, because culture has a strong influence on the development of cultural-color associations in childhood building the adults eventual perceptions of color.

It is however important to understand your target market and the culture that they come from, because culture has a strong influence on the development of cultural-color associations in childhood building the adults eventual perceptions of color.



Throughout this module and the next we will look at these basic reactions we all have to color and learn to compose in color effectively. We will build on what we have learned regarding composition, concept, point of view, and value and we will see how we can use these reactions to color to aid us in our ultimate goal, telling a great story through narrative illustration.


However, before we can do that lets be sure we have down the basics.

NEXT STOP: The Color Wheel