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OCI 010-S20-2 | Concept and Illustration: An Introduction

OCI 010-S20-2 | Concept and Illustration: An Introduction

7/14-8/8 Online

Maximum Enrollment: 1 LBS

Course Description


“Where do you get your ideas from?” is a question illustrators are often asked.  The answer is that there are lots of means of generating ideas, then developing them through a sketch process.  

This course explores several techniques and practices that spark concept building and unusual combinations and visual puns, including use of collage, manipulating source material.   We’re working with an expansive definition of what illustration is, the contexts you might find it, and how it can function.  

Each week we’ll meet (via Zoom).  Methods and techniques will be demonstrated, and artwork will be shared.  Students then work independently and have the opportunity to submit images of their work to the instructor for individual feedback.  Artist images will be discussed and available via Google Drive for later perusal.

Four specific methods will be introduced and explored during this course.  Emphasis is on sketching, but students will then have the option to further develop one of their projects into a complete illustration with input from the instructor.


July 14-Aug 8
Tuesday nights at 6pm
6 weeks


Tuition: $145
CEUs: n/a



Michael Connor earned a BA in Fine Art at USM in 2001, but has always followed his inspiration and penchant for illustration and comics, evident in local art exhibits he's shown in, work he's done for clients, and his small comics zine Coelacanthus. Michael has taught children comics and cartooning and illustration and recycled art at the summer and after school programs at Waynflete School and Breakwater School, and recently young adults in MECA's Pre-College program. Michael has been an Assistant Professor in MECA's Illustration department since 2010, teaching foundation Illustration classes as well as electives such as Character Design and Pen and Ink for majors. He lives in Gorham with his wife and son where they spend lots of time reading books and exploring in the woods.  




-copy paper/sketch paper

-felt tip pen

-tracing paper 

-books with images; old magazines

-favorite drawing/painting supplies (for final illustration)

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