Illustration Career Focus - Level Three


Student Goals:
Students will use all of the skills they have developed to begin producing a strong career focus illustration portfolio

Build a career-focused portfolio.

Student Objectives:

Provided with multiple lectures, examples, study guides, guided practices, and student resources, the students will be able to build a career focused portfolio by producing 4 completed illustration projects that demonstrate the industry standard of concept to a final design.



601 - Research the history of advertising design.

602 - Apply elements and principles of design.

603 - Interpret a creative or design brief.


Career Path: Advertising Design, Fine Artist, Illustration, Game Design & Photography/Video

901- Prepare and present a portfolio.

902 - Prepare and present a visual concept presentation.

903 - Estimate time and/or materials for a project.

905 - Matte and mount works of art.

906 - Participate in critiques of commercial art projects.

907 - Explore current industry trends.

509 - Utilize use of input, output and storage devices.

510 - Utilize different file formats correctly.

511 - Organize and manage digital files.



Illustration Focus - Level Three

What kind of jobs will you do as an illustrator? The possibilities are almost endless.You’ll create pictures for books, magazines, blogs, e-zines and any number of types of publications. You’ll work with commercial products and design textiles, greeting cards, wrapping paper and invitations. You’ll use a computer and scan your drawings in to add color or use a graphics tablet and pen to draw directly into the computer. You can choose to work as a medical and scientific illustrator, and create 2- and 3-dimensional anatomical and molecular illustrations, or in criminal justice where you’ll create age-progression illustrations or work as a sketch artist.

It’s important to note that your illustrator job description will include more than just creating artwork. You will also spend time doing the following:

  • Communicating with customers

  • Brainstorming and creating drafts of ideas

  • Creating a project timeline and meeting deadlines

  • Working with printers or others to ensure the quality of the final product

Section 9: Fantasy Illustration

Client / Client contact information:
Disney - DVD Movie Cover - Pegasus Animated Movie

This illustration will be used as the starting point for the animation teams to begin creating the drawings for the movie. They are looking for a realistic approach.

Background / Overview:
The client is placing no specifications what the hours will look like, Statement from client “new and different from what the world already knows.”

What is the objective, the purpose of the Illustration?
Design the movies main character for the movie

Target Market?
5 to 25 years of age

Production Information and Job Specs:
The Illustration should be done in full color and take up the entire space of specific size 10“ x 15” vertical or
horizontal layout.

Section 10: Person In History

Client / Client contact information:
People Magazine

Create an illustration of a famous person of your choice.

Background / Overview:
This illustration can be done however you choose to do the artwork, but remember that you need to pick someone that everyone can recognize, pick an easily identifiable character.

What is the objective, the purpose of the Illustration?
Design the cover art for people magazine

Target Market?
18 to 45 years of age.

Additional info & insights:
Make sure that your subject matter is appropriate for a school portfolio.

Production Information and Job Specs:
The Magazine size is 8.5” x 14” vertical layout

Section 11: Acrylic Illustration


Client / Client contact information:
Philadelphia Art Museum

Local Artist figure study exhibit.

Background / Overview:
In order for your figure to be approved for the show your painting must show evidence of a figure model, be done in a wet media format, and a 75% of the figure in the artwork.

What is the objective, the purpose of the Illustration?
Local Artist figure study exhibit.

Target Market?
25 to 75 years of age

Production Information and Job Specs:
The Illustration should be no bigger the 11” x 17“ or smaller the 10” x 10”.


Section 12: Scary Legend Illustration

Client / Client contact information:

19 Real, Scary Ghost Stories That Will Haunt Your Dreams

These stories will leave you too terrified to close your eyes.

Pick anyone of the stories and develop an illustration to go along wit the article

Background / Overview:
So you think you’ve seen or heard it all. The really scary ghost stories: At this point, nothing can scare you. We beg to disagree.

What is the objective, the purpose of the Illustration?
To prove there’s still a wealth of fresh, spooky stories, we asked our dear readers and the good people at Reddit to share their scariest ghost stories. Planning on getting a good night’s sleep tonight? Think again. These 19 real horror stories will have you questioning that bump you hear in the night. 

Target Market?
Scary Readers.

Production Information and Job Specs:

Normal class paper size.

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Students must be prepared to make a major commitment. It is our assumption that students entering the program are here to lay a foundation for a career in a design field and will be required to meet rigorous and stringent standards. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, are required as is the ability to read and analyze. Serious students will find that the program will provide them with an excellent opportunity to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the job market or advance in education. _Most of the students graduating from the program _continue their education.


Steve Bross

Commercial Art Instructor


Central Montco Technical High School

821 Plymouth Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462


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