Digital Character Illustration: Transform a Photo Into a Stylized Portrait

Lord Gris, Artist & Illustrator

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12 Lessons (55m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:33
    • 2. Choosing A Reference Photo

      3:30
    • 3. Sketching Your Character

      5:48
    • 4. Creating Your Line Work

      5:03
    • 5. Laying Down Base Colors

      3:43
    • 6. Adding Shadows And Highlights

      10:48
    • 7. Rendering The Skin

      5:00
    • 8. Rendering The Hair

      9:16
    • 9. Adding Finishing Effects

      4:36
    • 10. Making Hair Glow

      4:56
    • 11. Final Thoughts

      0:28
    • 12. Explore More Classes On Skillshare

      0:33
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About This Class

Unlock a new illustration style and create a character portrait you'll love!

Join Lord Gris, character artist and illustrator, as she shares her personal process for creating colorful, stylized portraits in her signature character illustration style. From first sketch to final color, you’ll learn how to use a photo as your foundation for your portraiture process, giving you the freedom to flex your creativity and experiment with a whole new illustration style.

Her inviting, step-by-step lessons include: 

  • Taking and choosing a great reference photo
  • Blending and layer techniques to give your art a warm and lifelike finish
  • How to use color to create realism with shadows and highlights
  • A simple technique to make elements of your portrait glow!

Whether you’re an accomplished artist looking for an exercise to challenge yourself or just joining the world of digital illustration, this class will provide you with simple, effective techniques that you’ll return to again and again. When you’re done, you’ll have a stylized portrait of you or someone you love, perfect to give as a gift or hang as a custom art piece!