Digital Illustration: Designing Custom Vintage Postcards

Connor Brandt, Graphic Designer, College Student

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11 Videos (32m)
    • Introduction

    • Preparation

    • The Process

    • The Pen Tool

    • Shape-Building

    • Using Strokes

    • Adding Color

    • The Frame

    • The Sky

    • Adding Text

    • Congratulations!


About This Class

Do you have vacation pictures?  Do you have pictures?  Of anything?  Then you can participate in this class!  In this quick 32-minute class, graphic designer Connor Brandt shares the process and techniques for creating an accurate, eye-catching illustration of your very own photographs.

You will learn how to recognize the basic shapes needed to represent your original image while giving it a more bold, streamlined look.  By juxtaposing the deep shadows of the foreground with a radiating sky, thick frame, and art deco text, you can make even the most mundane picture look like something that belongs on the front of a postcard.

What picture will you choose?  The Golden Gate Bridge?  Your childhood home?  The local Walmart?  There's no limit to what you can do.  So let's get started!

21 of 21 students recommendSee All

Excellent class
Cool info in this class...he knows what he's talking about! I'll probably watch a couple more times as there's a lot of good info.
Connor gives a nice intro to the modern-day version of art deco/1930s postcards by using some of the basics of Adobe Illustrator. (So, those who fear the pen tool, like I do, he does start off with how to use the pen tool to complete the background. And it looks a lot better and easier than I thought...) While there times I wished the time lapsed segments were slower, I still got the basic idea of how he achieved his effects. Sometime when I have a free week, I need to try making a postcard of my own.





Connor Brandt

Graphic Designer, College Student

Connor Brandt is a 20 year old who enjoys graphic design and listening to music. He sometimes types in the third person.

Hey, I'm Connor. I'm a Junior at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Even when I was too young to know how to use a computer, I always had logo ideas in my head. Ones that I'd have to scribble on paper with colored pencils. So when I finally found a way to really make my ideas come to life, I was hooked. I started out designing sports uniforms and logos in Microsoft Paint when I was about 12. I've since become interested in all other aspects of graphic design, working first in Inkscape and now in Illustrator. Graphic design is something I enjoy doing both for myself and for other people, and I'm now sharing my skills (see what I did there?) with others on this fantastic website!