Digital Illustration: Communicate with Color, Pattern and Texture

, Designer + Illustrator

About the Class

This class will teach you how to breathe life back into your own digital illustrations through the use of a few basic design elements. 

Student, Jesper Bertelsen's project.

Whether you are new to digital illustration, or you are experienced but would like to enhance your ability to incorporate color, pattern and texture into your art, this is the class for you. From concept to completion, you will come away from this class with a beautiful, hang-it-on-your-wall-worthy, piece of art.

What You'll Learn

  • Concept Development. You'll create a digital illustration with your interpretation of the word "quiet" or "loud".
  • Understanding Color. You'll learn color theory and essential design principles.
  • Layout and Composition. You'll organize an image from start to completion. 


 "Here's where I'm currently at with this quiet, mid-century living room." -Dominic Flask, Student and Skillshare Instructor

What You'll Make

For this class you will be creating a digital illustration that will be your visual interpretation of an adjective. You will get the choice of one of two adjectives:"quiet" or "loud". You will accomplish this through the use of pattern, texture, and color. Your illustration can be as abstract or literal as you choose. The class will start with you determining how you would like to visualize the word. Based on your ideas and brainstorming, you will then select your strongest directions. This is a great time for you to get feedback from your peers to see if you are communicating the way you would like. 

More Information

Recommended Software: Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop (If you don't have either one of these, you can download a free trial version of the Creative Suite 6 Design Suite at

Level: Intermediate

School: Design

Related Subjects: Digital Illustration, Adobe Illustrator, Color Theory, Adobe Photoshop, Graphic Design

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At a Glance

  • 12 Video Lessons
  • 2.8K Students
  • 99% Positive Reviews (180)
  • Self-Paced Online Class

Class Project

Illustrate your interpretation of the word "quiet" or "loud"

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About the Teacher

Brad Woodard

Brad Woodard

Designer + Illustrator

I am a graphic designer and illustrator raised in the Great Northwest, now living in Austin, Texas with my wife and little boy. After graduating with a BFA in graphic design, I started...

99% Positive Reviews

Benjamin Howard

Benjamin Howard

I went in looking for help with textures and patterns in Illustrator. The course really helped me see how I can take more control to create my own or manipulate other patterns and text...

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