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Digital Illustration: Communicate with Color, Pattern and Texture

Brad Woodard, Designer + Illustrator

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12 Videos (2h 51m)
    • Welcome Lecture

    • Get Sketching

    • Power of Color

    • Illustrator 101 [OPTIONAL beginners only]

    • Going Digital - Part 1

    • Going Digital - Part 2

    • Optional: Previously Recorded Q&A Video

    • Natural Vector Shapes

    • Making Patterns in Illustrator

    • Custom Texture Brushes and Patterns

    • Bitmap Textures

    • Optional: Final Session Q&A


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. 

404 of 409 students recommendSee All

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!
Great class for someone who wants to hone their basic illustration skills. For someone who's been using Illustrator for years, I still managed to learn some new things about it (specifically the colour palette stuff)!
Gracelle Mesina

Nuthin' but a g-thang, baby.





Brad Woodard

Designer + Illustrator

I am a graphic designer and illustrator raised in the Great Northwest, now living in Austin, Texas 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 types of work, includin...

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