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Basic Illustration

Create scenes with characters and creatures in various environment using Adobe Photoshop software

Course Detail

Course Details

Award : Certificate of Participation

Duration: 48 hours

Course Schedule: 12 weeks / 4hrs Class - every Saturday

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to illustration
  • Basic perspective, light and shadow and the 5 Value system
  • Human and creature structure
  • Basic human anatomy, facial features, and rendering
  • Story and concept development stage
  • Development of an illustration – 1 simple character
  • Illustration 2 – book cover image
  • Final Illustration – complex scene

Entry Requirements

  • Age: 16 years old and above Recommended for Media Professionals and
  • Freelancers Open to both Singaporean & International Students (Including PR, Student Pass, Work Permit, S Pass & E Pass)

Learning Outcomes

  • Core mastery of skill-sets to create illustrations from imagination
  • Knowledge of important core concepts essential to illustration
  • Learn all the intricate points of illustrations used in books, films, games and fine art
  • Basic skills in creating scenes with characters and creatures in the various environment using Adobe Photoshop
  • Knowledge of the illusion of depth and how to apply it to the environment
  • Composition, lighting and perspective techniques that are applicable to various other art and art-related disciplines
  • Semi-professional to a professional level of knowledge, presentation, and skills required in the illustration industry
  • To gain a great advantage and edge over other students in animation, media, gaming, film, and visual effect schools

Software Taught

  • Photoshop


Course Fee (Inclusive of 7% GST):$1378.16

(Self-sponsored students can use UTAP subsidy)

  • 75% attendance is mandatory to complete the programme
  • The student should submit and must pass the prescribed assessment (i.e. Practical Project)
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A unique learning experience combining academic leadership and first-hand experience from world-class educators.

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Mohd Zaki Bin Ragman

Assistant Lecturer at MAGES Institute of Excellence
Diploma in Entertainment Design, MAGES Institute of Excellence

Zaki brings with him more than 18 years of experience in various creative industries, from illustration to animation. Zaki has been a valuable addition to various companies such as Scrawl Studios and Chip & Toons taking up the responsibility of Animation Director in both places. In addition to his illustrious career, Zaki has also been published 5 times – with his latest comic, Badang, being a historical comic based on the Second World War in Singapore. Zaki completed his formal education with MAGES Institute of Excellence, graduating with a Diploma in Entertainment Design.

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Student Testimonials

Md Rosman Senin, Advanced Illustration

Mages had given me a new found confidence in my ability as an artist. The lecturers are professional and are very keen to share their knowledge. Thanks to their quality guidance, I was able to push myself and surpass my expectations for the courses. It is definitely a must for those who wish to push their abilities and talent to the next level.

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