Creative Illustration: Monsters and Imagination

Ira Marcks, Illustrator / Storyteller

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10 Videos (39m)
    • Introduction

    • Monsters and Imagination

    • Mythology and Geography

    • Personality and Ability

    • Reference and Ratio

    • Sketches and Silhouettes

    • Pushing and Posing

    • Inking and Hatching

    • Color and Theory

    • Wrap Up

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About This Class


The first appearance of a sea monster in the far corners of ancient maps wasn't just a strange cultural artifact, it was a brilliant moment of creative inspiration!

In this class, we'll look at the history and culture that brought the medieval sea monster to illustrative life and use those steps to create a creature of our very own! This class is a great fit for anyone looking to expand their creative illustration skills, bring more meaning to their fantasy art and develop some valuable drawing skills. 

Here are the topics I'll be covering:

  • History of the Medival Sea Monster
  • Creative Metaphors
  • Generating Inspiration
  • Utilizing References
  • Characterization
  • Planning a Composition
  • Styling Line Art
  • Color Theory

All you'll need for this class is a pencil and paper but I'm working in Clip Studio Paint for visual clarity.

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This class was just plain FUN. It's excellent for a beginner or experienced artist. Ira emphasizes infusing your creations with your own story.. which is meaningful and interesting. Very organized. Well illustrated videos.
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Angélica Torres


Well-structured, entertaining & fun class! Ira‘s an exceptional teacher for beginners & more practiced students of all ages. I really appreciate the art history & examples he brings to projects - and learning from his creative process.





Ira Marcks

Illustrator / Storyteller


My name's Ira. I'm a cartoonist/illustrator living in Upstate NY with my wife, dog, two cats and lots of books. In my Skillshare classes, I explore ways to create more meaningful illustrations and comics.

Follow me on Instagram for art stuff and get semi-weekly updates/inspiration from my Newsletter.

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