Create an Album Cover: Illustrating with Texture, Lighting and Colour

By ·Illustration | Design

Class Project

Create an illustration for an album cover

This class will teach you how to create eye-catching album artwork.

l will take you through my workflow from idea, to pen & paper, to final. We will start from a written concept, on to sketches, and finally through three stages of Design and Feedback. While we are creating a CD cover, these skills can effortlessly be applied to all forms of commercial illustration and design.

What You'll Learn

  • Research and Concept Development. You'll conduct background research on the artist you're illustrating and create a mood board of the concept you'd like to deliver. 
  • Sketching.  Start visualizing your idea through a series of thumbnail sketches.
  • Digital Illustration. Take your strongest thumbnail to Illustrator or Photoshop for adding colors and vectors.
  • Texture, Lighting and Color.  You'll apply advanced details to your final image like textures, lighting, and shadows.

last aurora CD Cover

What You'll Make

The class begins with you picking a band, either real or imaginary. Then, we'll develop a written concept, aided by research, then sketch and finally design and illustrate your cover in three phases. You will share your work to receive feedback from your peers. You'll finish this course with an album cover that will spark curiosity in new fans.


A working level knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator. ie. pen tool, color adjustments, masks, layers. (You can download a free trial of the software on

Level: Intermediate

The Fox And King

Illustration | Design

The Fox And King is the working burrow of Glenn Thomas, an illustrator, designer, and animator working from Melbourne, Australia.

I have worked with bands such as Emarosa, The Dear Hunter, Gatsbys American Dream, At The Skylines, Four Letter Lie, Sleeping With Sirens and many many more.

I work across a broad range of industries and apply the same base skills to all.

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    • 6 Video Lessons
    • 568 Students
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    • Lifetime Access
    • Self-Paced Online Class
    • How does an online class work?

      Classes revolve around completing a project and collaborating with fellow students to give and get feedback on your work. Use Video Lessons and the Project Guide designed by your teacher to complete your class project.

    • Do teachers give project feedback?

      Teachers design and present all class content, but Skillshare is community based around student-to-student interaction. You'll be surprised at what you learn from your classmates!

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      Never! Once enrolled, you have lifetime access to class materials. That means you can learn when and where you want. Learn at your own pace.

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