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Create & Sell Your Digital Art Online: Digital Illo Basics

teacher avatar Jeff Mitchell, Illustrator + Designer

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Oh, Hi There!

      2:09
    • 2. About This Class

      1:54
    • 3. The Breakdown

      2:04
    • 4. 10 Terms to Know

      1:55
    • 5. The Project

      4:32
    • 6. Homework

      2:15
    • 7. Okay Bye Now

      1:49
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About This Class

This class is PART 2 of a 6 PART SERIES on making and selling your digital art online. I’m going to show you my entire process, from developing an initial concept to marketing the final product.

*I'm using Autocad's Sketchbook app in this class. If you're looking for an in-depth breakdown of this app, check out my course, "Digital Illustration Using Sketchbook Pro".

All six classes in the series are geared towards BEGINNERS. If you have previous experience with any of the topics, you’ll still learn a lot about my process. But generally speaking, we’re going to be dealing with the basics--how to get from knowing almost nothing on one or more of the topics, to opening and running a successful online shop.

For those of you with some insight into this process, I encourage you to share your own tips and experiences in the class discussion.

As for materials, while this first class doesn't have any material requirements, you’ll need access to a few things in order to get the most out of this series:

  • A durable notebook and pen. I’m a big fan of Moleskine notebooks. It doesn’t matter what you use as long as it’s portable and can take a beating.
  • A decent computer. I’m not going to get into specs right now, but you’ll want something capable of running Adobe Photoshop without issue.
  • A drawing tablet of some sort. I use the Microsoft Surface for my illustration work, but there are lots of other options that will accomplish the same thing.
  • The Autodesk Sketchbook appDownload the app for free. If your computer is able to handle Photoshop, it can handle Sketchbook.
  • Adobe CC (Photoshop and Illustrator)Like everything else on this list, there are alternatives out there. This is what I work with, and what I recommend despite the absolute travesty that is Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription service. Take that for whatever it’s worth.
  • A PayPal account. You’re gonna want to get paid, right? Make sure you have a professional email address and a PayPal account for your marketplace earnings.

By the end of this series, you’ll have everything you need to open your own online art business.

Questions or comments? Email me at [email protected]

*Public domain content from Archive.org ("Plan 9 From Outer Space", "The Screaming Skull", "The Shadow", "Aphex Twin: You Make Me Feel So Good Megamix")

**All other audio/video Baddest Shirt Co., featured artists at baddestshirt.com/skillshare

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Jeff Mitchell

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Hey! It’s Jeff, from Baddest Shirt Co. I’m an illustrator and designer known for my mash-up posters and pop culture t-shirt designs. I'm also the creator of Hero of Wizards, a NSFW comic strip you can (and should!) follow on Instagram.

I work with Autodesk Sketchbook and Adobe CC (Photoshop and Illustrator) to blend traditional comic art illustration with modern digital design. My favourite subjects are comedians, 80s nostalgia, rock bands, and comic books. I’m also a huge fan of &#@%ing with artistic conventions, people (in general), and “the man”. 

I’ve been lucky enough to work with the folks at: The Princeton Review, snapd Newspapers, The Co-Operators (Barrie), Movie Pilot, Dean the Basset, CineBites, South... See full profile

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1. Oh, Hi There!: reading, my friend, you are interested in the unknown, the mysterious, the unexplainable. That is why you are here, my friend. We cannot keep this a secret any longer. Can your heart stand the shocking facts about Hey, it's Jeff From Battered Shirko, I'm an illustrator and designer known for my mash up posters and pop culture teacher designs. I worked with Auto Sketchbook and Adobe Creative Cloud, primarily photo shop and illustrator to blend traditional illustration. Judicial comic book illustration With modern design. My favorite subjects are comedians. Eighties nostalgia, rock bands, comic books. Um, I'm also a huge fan of with artistic conventions, people in general and the man. My classes will be covering a wide range of topics at a beginner to intermediate level. We'll be passing along some tips on everything from brainstorming and sketching to marketing and selling your art online. Whether you're here to become a better illustrator or you're just wasting time until your boss walks back in the room, I'm glad you're doing something worthwhile with your time before I forget. Make sure you have that follow button up at the top so you can get notifications whenever I publish in the class visit batter shirt dot com from news and updates, merch and a growing collection of Fine. And don't forget full about a shirt on these. Remember, my friend, you sure that such as these will affect you in the future? 2. About This Class: What do you think will be the next obstacle the earth people will put in our way? Well, as long as they can think we'll have our problems. Okay, guys, this class is part of Ah, six part series on making and selling your digital art online. I'm gonna show you my entire process from developing an initial concept to marketing the final product. All six classes in the Syrian are geared towards beginners. But if you have previous experience with any of the topics, you'll still learn a lot about my process. But, you know, generally speaking, we're gonna be dealing with the basics how to get from knowing almost nothing on one or more of the topics toe opening and running a successful online shop. For those of you with some insight into this process, I encourage you to share your own tips and experiences in the class discussion. As for materials, you'll need access to a few things. In order to get the most out of these classes, you're gonna want a durable notebook and pen. It doesn't matter what you use a zoo long as it's portable, and it can take a beating, a decent computer I won't go into specs and all that kind of stuff right now, but you'll want something capable of running Adobe Photoshopped without issue a drawing tablet of some sort. I used the Microsoft surface for my illustration work, but there are lots of other options that will accomplish the same thing. The Autodesk Sketchbook app. You can download the APP for free online. If your computer is able to handle Photoshopped, it can handle sketchbook. You're also gonna want access to some photo editing software I'm currently using Photo shop and illustrator. This is what I work with, and it's what I recommend and finally, a pay pal account because you're gonna want to get paid. Make sure you have a professional email address and a PayPal account for your marketplace. Earnings. By the end of this series, you'll have everything you need to open your own online art business. 3. The Breakdown: sometimes in the night. When it does get a little lonely, hot, reach over and touch it, then it doesn't seem so lonely anymore. Crazy kid. Okay, I want you guys to stick around until the end of the class. I'll have a homework assignment for you. I really like to stress the importance of actually completing the assignment because there's no better instructor than practical hands on experience. And by completing the assignment, you'll also be entered into a monthly draw for a chance to win a free poster from my Etsy shop. If you have any questions about anything that's covered in this class, feel free to ask me in the class discussion or email me at hello at baddest shirk dot com. This class is all about digital illustration. We're gonna be focusing on auto cad sketchbook up basically because it's the program I know best. But you'll find that a lot of the stuff we talked about in this class is gonna be relevant no matter what program you use. If you haven't done it yet, make sure you had over the baddest shirt dot com slash skill share and download the course notes. It's gonna cover all the material from this class and expand on some of the concepts that we talk about in this last. We're going to look at 10 terms to know we'll start off by getting familiar with some of the more common digital ILO and sketchbook terms. I'm gonna cover 10 terms. I think you should know. But this is by no means an exhaustive list. If you come across the term you don't recognize or understand, look it up the essentials. What are the basic things you need to know to get started creating digital artwork, roughing or the process of developing a thumbnail image into a working sketch, thinking where we polish our line work and get it ready for coloring? All right, let's get going. 4. 10 Terms to Know: you see? You see your stupid minds. Stupid, stupid. That's all I'm taking from you. Get back here. Well, that's nothing from this world and 5. The Project: before we begin. There are a couple of things worth mentioning. We're working with auto desks, sketchbook, app. This is a digital sketching program that allows you to create raster images with a drawing tablet or touch sensitive computer. This class doesn't go as in depth with the program as my previous sketchbook class. If you're looking for a really comprehensive introduction to the program, check that class out. I've put a link in the class notes below. Okay, let's talk about digital illustration. I'm gonna be working on a project during this video and I'll show you a bit of my process as we go. I'll start off by saying I use auto discs sketchbook up because of its simplicity and efficiency. But and I can't stress this enough. It doesn't really matter what app you use hell if you're proficient and m s paint. I'm not going to say boo to that. That's the equivalent of someone working with oil pains saying that watercolor isn't a valid technique. Anything you used to produce your artwork is a tool. Find the one that works best for you and master it. But okay, we're working with sketchbook. If you want to follow along, go ahead and download the app from sketchbook dot com and install it. So why digital illustration? Instead of traditional? I think a lot of people view digital and traditional illustration as two completely different things. The point of this class is to show you that they really aren't that different. As an illustrator and designer, I'm always looking for ways to make my process more efficient. And digital illustration is a tool that does that for me. I start all of my projects with a thumbnail drawing. Sometimes that thumbnail is a relatively detailed ILO, and sometimes it's nothing more than a word or some other visual cue to remind me of the direction I want to go in. Regardless, once I have a thumbnail, I like, I use it to create what I refer to as roofs. It's just another way of saying sketch. If you're working with traditional tools, this is the pencil stage. A lot of folks getting into illustration have a hard time with this stage. They're only thinking of the final piece. They have this image in their head and anything that gets put on paper that doesn't align with that image provokes frustration or disappointment. Learning to just put ideas down on paper is the key to this stage. Roughing your image helps you refine your initial ideas and have fun with the process. Once you have your rough, so it's time to move on to inking your ILO. What the heck is that you ask? Well, it's a common term from the comic book industry. It refers to tracing over an artist's original pencil drawing to create a more polished, complete aesthetic. In terms of digital illustration, it's the process of taking your initial sketch and making it look good, more or less. This is where we really start to see the benefits of working digitally. If I was working with traditional media, I would need to take my small thumbnail image and redraw it at a larger scale. There's nothing wrong with that, but working digitally allows me to scale my thumbnail and work on top of it using layers and likewise when going from my rough sketch to my final thinks. Had I been using pencil and paper, I would need to either destroy my initial sketch by thinking over top of it or find a way to reproduce the original sketch this would normally involve. He's in a light box tracing paper, a photocopier or scanner and printer. Working digitally also allows for errors. I love working with riel Incan paper, but it demands forgiveness and improvisation. My digital inks are only permanent if I want them to be. Once we have our inks weaken, start coloring. This process is as unique as your ILO style and can be a simple or as complex as you want. If you're just starting out here, a few tips color flats are a great place to start. Flats are just what they sound like. Flat colors. You start off by filling the areas of your piece with flat color without worrying about shadows or highlights or anything like that. The colors don't even have to be exactly what you want at this stage. This is just a starting point. Once you have your flats, you can create new layers for shadows and highlights. You can build up your flats to create depth and add texture. And the great thing about coloring digitally is that you can experiment. Play around with your color palette until you find a style you like, and that's pretty much it. As you've seen, digital illustrations really isn't all that different from traditional. You're just using slightly different tools. In the next class, I'll show you how to vector rise this alone Adobe Illustrator and get it ready to sell online. 6. Homework: must be something more you can do about it. One of their isn't all. But what's the use of making a fuss? This class is all about giving you a rudimentary understanding of digital illustration. We've covered 10 terms you should know, and you can find a more accurate and ever growing list of terms at baddest shirt dot com slash glossary. The essentials. Everything you need to know to get started in digital illustration. Roughing or creating thumbnail sketches to develop ideas, thinking the process of finalizing your sketch and coloring. Back in the third video, I mentioned there would be a homework assignment a lot Right now that we're all done overreacting here Me out, This is gonna be really fun. And if you complete the assignment, you'll be entered into a monthly draw for a free poster from my Etsy Shop win win. For this assignment, I'm asking you to create a new project with three thumbnail sketches. Use one of the thumbnails to create a rough sketch ink and color your rough sketch and then exported J Peg and post your ILO in the class discussion. Feel free to use sketchbook or any other app that you feel comfortable with. So post away. I'm looking forward to seeing what you create report to me when this has been accomplished . 7. Okay Bye Now: for a time. We tried to contact him by radio, but no response. Then they attacked a town. A small town, I'll admit. But nevertheless the town of people, people who died. I never heard about that, sir. Well, it was covered up by the higher echelon. Take any fire, any earthquake, any major disaster. Then wonder. That's it for now. Thanks for watching out. We find this class useful. Make sure you hit that follow button for updates on future classes. And if you have any questions I'd love to hear from post those suckers in the past discussion work. Email me at hello about a shirt dot com, and I'll do my best to get back to you. A sad You can also connect with me at bat a shirt on instagram thistles where I post all mine work Behind the scenes updates the occasional questionable mean family photo. All right, I'll see you when I see you go make something even now tonight. Because we sit quietly here somewhere. Somewhere, perhaps. What? No skull there. There's no skull there. There is no skull that Kenny, darling, No