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Digital Illustration: Design a Fun Character!

Cory Kensinger, Illustration, Animation, VFX, Video

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10 Videos (1h 20m)
    • Course Trailer

      0:33
    • Inspiration

      2:55
    • Sketching Tips

      3:21
    • Starting the Illustration

      9:51
    • Coloring & Vector Shapes

      16:56
    • The Puppet Warp Tool

      6:47
    • Using the Pen Tool

      15:38
    • Repeating Shapes Along Circular Paths

      5:55
    • Shading, Masking & Texturing

      17:16
    • Thanks!

      0:24

About This Class

Digital Illustration & Character Design using Adobe Illustrator. In this fun step-by-step class, we'll reveal the top tools and techniques used to convert original hand-drawn sketches into full-fledge scalable vector graphics. Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to design your own custom graphics, while gaining an understanding of the tools & workflow used by top Illustrators around the world to make high-quality, eye-catching assets of art. No prior knowledge or experience required! 

In this class, you'll learn how to take your creativity from your sketchbook to your laptop and bring your designs to life! This class covers the fundamentals of Digital Illustration: Starting with inspiration. Tips for sketching. Setting up your document with a scanned image. Aligning your hand-drawn sketch inside Adobe Illustrator. Customizing a color swatch pallet. Making custom vector shapes using the Pen Tool, Puppet Warp Tool & Pathfinder Tool. Useful alignment tricks to fine-tune artwork. Efficient keyboard shortcuts to increase your Digital Illustration workflow. As well as, Shading & Texturing your work to give your Graphic Designs Depth & Dimension. This class is perfect for anyone who's just starting out and wants to explore Digital Illustration in order to bring their creative work to life digitally.

Together, we'll be:

  • Exploring Character Illustration workflow
  • Covering Best Illustration Practices
  • Importing a hand-drawn sketch into Adobe Illustrator, setting up guides, and aligning artwork
  • Creating custom vectors around a Character Build using Illustrator's various shaping tools
  • Shading, Masking, & Texturing a fun, playful Character Illustration
  • Exporting our final product

11 of 11 students recommendSee All

This class is a MUST take for newbies! I am an AI newbie, and I am amazed at my end project. I might or might not have stared at my final result with awe for more than 10 minutes. Initially, the class seemed overwhelming to me; I thought this might be too much to digest for a beginner. However, I am delighted that I took this class. I learned so much from this class! I watched the entire class first; then I revisited certain parts as I worked on my robot. Cory made the lesson extremely beginner friendly. His pace was perfect for me! I highly recommend this class to beginners.
Amy Lin

1-1 Online Chinese Teacher, Learner & Doodler

Great Class. Very well presented and lots of info.
Cory is a very easy to follow instructor. Even though I feel that i am an expert at illustrator; I learned a new way of doing something that made my design faster. I think anyone from beginner to advanced could take this class!
Deanna Sheehan

Design, Illustration, Motion Graphics

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Cory Kensinger

Illustration, Animation, VFX, Video

Passionate Designer & Illustrator with a focus on making things I love. On my Skillshare channel you'll find a variety of classes ranging from Poster Design & Digital Illustration to Animation & VFX. I'm all about getting my work online and out there in the world, and I want to show you the techniques and process I use to achieve my results. Each of my classes is a live-recorded demonstration of my process and approach.

I welcome you to dig in on the first class that grabs your eye. Wo...

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