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Digital Illustration: Making Hero of Wizards

teacher avatar Jeff Mitchell, Illustrator + Designer

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Oh, Hi There!

    • 2. Prep Work

    • 3. Let's Draw!

    • 4. Clean & Post

    • 5. Okay, bye!

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About This Class

In this Skillshare class I'm going to take you behind the scenes of my comic strip, Hero of Wizards. Your project will be to make a comic strip of your very own! I’ll take you through my process for creating the Hero of Wizards comics, with regular updates and ongoing projects!

*THIS IS NOT A HOW-TO STYLE CLASS - Check out my class on digital illustration using Sketchbook Pro here. I’ll be posting more step-by-step classes soon.

Just FYI, there's nothing NSFW about this class, but Hero of Wizards (@heroofwizards on Instagram) is not exactly geared towards kids. So, y'know, if you're a parent, don't let your kids read it, I guess. And if you're a kid, well, you're just going to do whatever you want. Nothing I can do to stop you. Just know I do NOT encourage you reading my comic. Tsk tsk. Shame and whatnot.

Anyway, some rudimentary knowledge of design software will come in handy, but this course is meant for someone who just wants to make a comic and maybe needs a bit of inspiration or motivation. While I work digitally, the only thing you really need to participate in this class is an interest in making your own comic strip. And a dozen or so minutes to spare.

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Jeff Mitchell

Illustrator + Designer



Hey! It’s Jeff, from Baddest Shirt Co. I’m an illustrator and designer known for my mash-up posters and pop culture t-shirt designs. I'm also the creator of Hero of Wizards, a NSFW comic strip you can (and should!) follow on Instagram.

I work with Autodesk Sketchbook and Adobe CC (Photoshop and Illustrator) to blend traditional comic art illustration with modern digital design. My favourite subjects are comedians, 80s nostalgia, rock bands, and comic books. I’m also a huge fan of &#@%ing with artistic conventions, people (in general), and “the man”. 

I’ve been lucky enough to work with the folks at: The Princeton Review, snapd Newspapers, The Co-Operators (Barrie), Movie Pilot, Dean the Basset, CineBites, South... See full profile

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1. Oh, Hi There!: No way, everyone. Hey, it's Jeff from Bad Africa theme. The creator of Hero of Wizards on adult comic strip. You can read for free on Instagram at hero of Wizards or on my website at his shirt dot com . In this fast, going to show you a bit of my process on give you some tips to help you with your comic strips and books, comic books and strips help you with your comic books and strips your comic art done with your comic are, Yeah, that's good. 2. Prep Work: all right. Before we get into it, let's talk set up. These are the tools I used to create the hero of Wizards comic. I used Adobe Illustrator for all my pre and post illustration work More on that in a bit. My illustration work is done using the auto desk sketchbook pro a robust and free drawing out. I use Google Drive to transfer files from my tablet to my laptop. Any similar service or a fast jump drive will do the trick. And finally, my completed heroes. Those comics are posted on Instagram. If you aren't a fan of instagram or Facebook, find a platform that suits you. Remember your set up can and should be unique to you. Find what works best for you and then get to work sometimes in the night when it does get a little lonely. Hi. Reach over and touch it. Then it doesn't seem so lonely anymore. Crazy kid work. Okay, so the first thing we're gonna need is a script. This doesn't have to be complicated. It can be is detailed as a few notes on a napkin. You're just looking to create a roadmap for your comic strip. Will use that script to create our thumbnail images. You can see here. I'm using just a simple cue card with some really, really basic drawings on it. Now, from here on out, how you create your comics is really up to you. I'm going to show you my process. Once this loads up, I'll show you how I use vector assets to create templates for my comic strips. I'm currently using the latest version of Adobe CC, but there are other APS out there you can use to accomplish the same thing. Right now, I'm working on a story line within the hero of Wizards comic strip called Prisoner of Farts . And this is the protagonist. This is Tina to face. As you can see, I'm working with for lack of a better term, a vector puppet that I've created, even though it may not seem like it. Hero wizards is a very story driven project for me. So I wanted to streamline my process so that I could create create my illustrations very quickly on having a vector puppet like this allows me to set up my panels really quickly tweak Tina here a little bit more. All right, I'm gonna finish these off. I'll see you in the next video. We'll start drawing way 3. Let's Draw!: Theo. Okay, so the first thing I'm gonna do once I have sketchbook open is going to import my template photos that I created an illustrator and I'm just gonna get these all set up Onda Just my art board. So that's the right size. I should point out that this is not a step by step, how to class on digital illustration or on Adobe Illustrator. If that's what you're looking for, check out my previous class digital illustration using sketchbook Pro. I am planning on doing some illustrator tutorials in the future, so keep an eye out for those I'm joining my process for the hero of Wizards comic strip. Well, this is unique to this particular project. My process does remain fairly consistent. Generally speaking, I keep things in about six stages writing, thumb, nailing, sketching, inking, coloring and then finalizing. One of the reasons I love using templates is that it helps maintain a very consistent visual look across a number of panels. I'm a big fan of efficiency, and this really helps streamline my heart process, and you can do as little or as much editing with them as you like. If you want to use your better assets to create an entire seen an illustrator and export straight from there. You can do that with the comic panels I'm creating for this class. I'm hoping to show some of the possibilities capable with this particular method. Now, from a technical standpoint, this isn't a great video. I'm rushing through a lot of these these illustrations here just to get them down so that it doesn't take forever to show you what what you can dio. Ideally, my layers would be a little bit more organized. I'd be separating out my inks and my colors so that when I get to this point and I'm coloring, I don't have to be coloring on top of my ink layer. I could be coloring beneath it. That's enough talking. Let's go ahead and finish these drugs off way 4. Clean & Post: and post, so this is very project dependent. But generally speaking, when I export my artwork from sketchbook will either do it as a high res J peg or as a PSD file. That's one of the things I love so much about Sketchbook is that it allows you to export your work as a layered PSD. And when it comes to manipulating your work after the fact, a layered PSD really gives you everything you need. So we're gonna start by importing our images. You can either import them through your menu or just drag them into the program like I'm doing here. You can see I prepared a few elements here in advance just to speed up the process. And here there's an element that I forgot to do. So I'm gonna create that I'm using a victory ized version of my handwriting. I made this video before I had before I had a custom font, and I'm also working with that same template that you saw earlier. This is something I've been working on over the course of the project, and again, it really helps with productivity and creates a consistent visual look. And from here on out. We're just really arranging elements and adding some fixes. Some extra color, but nothing too crazy. Unlike in the set up stage using illustrator or a program like it at this point could really help add a layer of polish and professionalism to your comic strips. Touch this up a little. I'm gonna go ahead and wrap up these finishing touches, and I'll see you in the next video you . 5. Okay, bye!: very thanks for sticking around. I really hope you like the class. If you're a hard core creator, I've got a homework assignment for you. Something more. There isn't all. But what's the use of making a fuss? This project is as easier as tough as you want to make it. I started by writing at your story. Don't get too detailed. Keep it simple and then sketch it out again. Don't go crazy. You're just trying to give yourself a roadmap for what you're making. Take that road map and make your comic. My only advice here is Don't try to be perfect. Just try to produce something from start to finish and finally post your comic. That's all there is to it. Okay, I can't wait to see what you come up with. A Tag me on social media or shoot me an email and show me what you're working on. And don't forget to follow me on Instagram at about a shirt and at your old wizards. All right, I'll see you next time. I know you got this. Oh, forget about the flying sources there up there. But there's something in that cemetery that's too close for comfort.