ME:120.709 :: Continuous Tone Illustration

Course Description

Offered: First semester, first year
Instructors: David A. Rini, Associate Professor, Lead Instructor
Timothy H. Phelps, Professor
Credits: 3 credit hours: 2 Lecture hours and 10 Studio hours per week
Application of theories of light on form is explored through continuous tone rendering of still life objects and exercises.

Course Objectives

  • Students will acquire an understanding of the principles of light on form and continuous tone media techniques.
  • Emphasis will be placed on direct observation of subject matter, proper lighting, instructional impact, and reproducible quality.
  • Lectures and one-on-one meetings between faculty and students will help students develop a common vocabulary relating to continuous tone illustration.


  • Bone collection.
  • Two complete natural bone skeletons in department
  • Video on Continuous Tone Techniques by Gerald Hodge, University of Michigan.
  • Departmental collection of original art by Brödel, Didusch and others.

Course Assignments

  • Carbon dust of pelvic bone
  • Instructional biological illustration in continuous tone

COURSE evaluation

  • 1:1 faculty-student interface
  • Interim class critiques
  • Written critique on final project
  • Review of sketches
  • Final grade


Five days per week prior to start of the Human Gross Anatomy schedule.

All students with disabilities who require accommodations for this course should contact Catherine L. Will, Disability Services Coordinator for Graduate Biomedical Education ( or 410-614-3781) at their earliest convenience to discuss their specific needs. Please note that accommodations are not retroactive.


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