Editorial Illustration: Draw Idioms the "Designy" Way

Mikey Burton, Designy Illustrator

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11 Videos (43m)
    • Introduction

    • Your Project

    • What is Editorial Illustration?

    • Tools and Materials

    • Inspiration

    • Picking Your Idiom

    • Sketching

    • Refining

    • Illustrating

    • Texturing

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class

Get out your pens and paper! Join acclaimed "designy" illustrator Mikey Burton for a 45-minute funfest on bringing an editorial illustration to life. Bite-sized lessons show each step of his sketching, illustrating, and texturing process — and then challenge you to illustrate a fun idiom of your own.

Throughout the class, Mikey illustrates an idiom, shares how he got started in editorial illustration, and talks through work for clients as diverse as Converse, ESPN, TIME magazine, and the New York Times. Plus, each lesson is brimming with insights on creative confidence and the value of creating work you love.

The class is perfect for illustrators, designers, and everyone who loves that perfect interplay of pictures and words. All you need is pen, paper, and brain. Let's go!


539 of 541 students recommendSee All

Love this video on sketching. Sketching extensively and lovingly for hours before you even touch a computer is so much better because it allows the brain to be creative without all this expensive computer technology. My favorite video of the series.
So inspired and I'm only half-way through the class! Learning a lot and definitely motivating me to move past all this doubt and just start playing and creating stuff.
A great class that helps you make a plan for your design and champions the emphasis of creating a good idea before moving to the computer.
Alan McArthur

An Irish designer playing with shapes and colour





Mikey Burton

Designy Illustrator

Mikey Burton is a part time designer and a part time illustrator—which adds up to a full time Designy Illustrator.  He’s been working professionally for over 12 years now, but claims to be ‘still figuring it out.’ He’s done a lot of work in that time for clients such as Converse, ESPN, Target, The New York Times, Time Magazine, and Esquire, among others. He has won awards from organizations such as the Art Directors Club, Communication Arts and Print Magazine to name a few, and enjoys bragging about it in the third person. He spent his formative years and earned a masters degree from the great Kent State University in Ohio. Burton now works and lives in Brooklyn, NY where he pays way too much for coffee.