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Digital Illustration Workflow Hacks

The Artmother, Professional Art Teacher and Artist

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12 Lessons (1h 11m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Downloads and Setup

    • 3. Find Inspiration + One Minute Character Design

    • 4. The First Hack - Composition Thumbnailing

    • 5. The First Hack - Color Thumbnailing

    • 6. The Second Hack - The Horizontal Flip

    • 7. The Third Hack - The Painter's Palette

    • 8. The Fourth Hack - The Value Check

    • 9. Illustration Part 1.

    • 10. Illustration Part 2.

    • 11. Illustration Part 3.

    • 12. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Welcome to the Digital Illustration Workflow Hacks!

Do you know the situation when you have your head full of ideas and you just sit down to illustrate, but you are just too excited about the end result? Then you just end up with a bad design, messed up ideas and really really frustrated?

I've got you! In this class I will teach you 4 hacks that will help you stay on track and if implemented to your illustration workflow will get you from your initial ideas to real finished illustrations!


Throughout this class we are going to illustrate a cute birdie together - I will guide you through the whole process from start to finish and I will show the four hacks in action, so that you see them already implemented to an illustration workflow.

I will provide you the brushes, the color palette, the sketches and the original file for reference, but of course you will have your artistic freedom as well.

So the 4 hacks are: Color and Composition Thumbnailing, The Horizontal Flip, The Painter’s Palette, and The Value Check.

In this class we are going to use and iPad and Procreate, BUT, the hacks apply to any digital illustration workflow, so if you will use a different program, for example Photoshop, you are free to do it, you will just need to adjust the technical steps for your environment.

This class is for beginners, who just started out their illustration journey. It is recommended to be familiar with the program you are working in, in my case Procreate. However, I comment on every step in detail and have notes on the screen so that you can easily follow along.



The skills in this class will help creatives, illustrators and even hobbyists to create better illustrations, with better compositions and color combinations, with harmonious designs and values.

By the end of this class you will have a full illustration of a cute birdie, but so much more than that – you will already experience the magic of these hacks, and you will be packed with skills that will skyrocket your confidence while illustrating.

So are you ready to illustrate with me?

Let's get right into it!

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