Digital Illustration: Communicate with Color, Pattern and Texture

Brad Woodard, Illustrator + Graphic Designer

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12 Videos (2h 51m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Get Sketching

    • 3. Power of Color

    • 4. Illustrator 101 [OPTIONAL beginners only]

    • 5. Going Digital - Part 1

    • 6. Going Digital - Part 2

    • Optional: Previously Recorded Q&A Video

    • 7. Natural Vector Shapes

    • 8. Making Patterns in Illustrator

    • 9. Custom Texture Brushes and Patterns

    • 10. Bitmap Textures

    • Optional: Final Session Q&A

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About This Class

This class will teach you how to breathe life back into your own digital illustrations through the use of a few basic design elements. 


Student, Jesper Bertelsen's project.

Whether you are new to digital illustration, or you are experienced but would like to enhance your ability to incorporate color, pattern and texture into your art, this is the class for you. From concept to completion, you will come away from this class with a beautiful, hang-it-on-your-wall-worthy, piece of art.

What You'll Learn

  • Concept Development. You'll create a digital illustration with your interpretation of the word "quiet" or "loud".
  • Understanding Color. You'll learn color theory and essential design principles.
  • Layout and Composition. You'll organize an image from start to completion. 


 "Here's where I'm currently at with this quiet, mid-century living room." -Dominic Flask, Student and Skillshare Instructor

What You'll Make

For this class you will be creating a digital illustration that will be your visual interpretation of an adjective. You will get the choice of one of two adjectives:"quiet" or "loud". You will accomplish this through the use of pattern, texture, and color. Your illustration can be as abstract or literal as you choose. The class will start with you determining how you would like to visualize the word. Based on your ideas and brainstorming, you will then select your strongest directions. This is a great time for you to get feedback from your peers to see if you are communicating the way you would like. 

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This is one of the best courses I have taken on skill share, thank you, it taught me heaps and the things i liked best were the fact it worked well with building on skill and offers learners an ability to engage. Well done. Only 1 request - more on Photoshop would be great but i understand you are an illustrator person
very skillful and loads of really useful information/techniques ... one or two places quite lengthy otherwise really enjoyed and hope you post more tutorials in the future thanks!
Great thank you!





Brad Woodard

Illustrator + Graphic Designer


I am a graphic designer and illustrator raised in the Great Northwest, now living in Boise, Idaho with my wife and two little kids. After graduating with a BFA in graphic design, I started my career as an information designer and illustrator at Column Five Media. The digital illustration courses I took in college paid off, as I found that more and more clients were requesting illustration work in their designs. Merging both skills together I have been able attract all ty...

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