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

The Fox And King, Illustration | Design

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6 Videos (2h 17m)
    • Introduction & Bonus Lecture (24:32)

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    • Lecture 01 (1:00:24)

    • Lecture 02 (52:17)

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About This Class

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.

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I do recomend this class. For those who want to learn how to ilustrate with textures, it's a great course
This class was amazing! I loved learning all the different ways to bring 'life' into your vector illustrations with light, texture, color, brushes, etc. Just looking at all the other projects you can see how this class is worth it! The only thing I would point out are the videos: some of the earlier ones have bad taping quality, where you hear more of the background noises than the teacher.
It's a great way to have a deep look into the process of making an awesome illustration. Definetely worth it!
Matt 'Jiki' Dzikowski

artist, teacher, UX / product designer





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.