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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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Loved it! Just about time when I got super interested with mythologies.
OMG Wonderful, humorous. Creative on a level I’ve not yet experienced. This is a person to watch
Susan H.

Creative addict





Ira Marcks

Illustrator / Storyteller


My name's Ira. I'm an artist living in Upstate NY with my wife, dog, two cats and lots of books. In my classes, I explore creativity through illustration and storytelling.

Follow me on Instagram and get weekly updates and inspiration from my Newsletter.

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