Exploring Your Illustration Style: Exercises to Push Your Work skillshare originals badge

Ryan Putnam, Designer & Illustrator

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13 Lessons (55m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:13
    • 2. Project: Illustrate an Everyday Object in a New Style

      0:35
    • 3. Blind Countour Exercise

      5:39
    • 4. Yard Stick Drawing Exercise

      5:06
    • 5. Tactile Drawing Exercise

      2:41
    • 6. Subtractive Drawing Exercise

      5:06
    • 7. Chunky Media Drawing Exercise

      5:03
    • 8. Brushed Media Drawing Exercise

      3:33
    • 9. Natural Media Drawing Exercise

      4:58
    • 10. Gathering Inspiration From Your Exercises to Make Your Final Piece

      9:52
    • 11. Creating Resources From Your Exercises

      9:56
    • 12. Wrap Up

      1:03
    • 13. More Creative Classes on Skillshare

      0:33
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Project Description

Illustrate An Everyday Object in a New Style

ASSIGNMENT

Your assignment is to illustrate an everyday object in a new style — a style you’ve never done before! Choose an object that you encounter everyday, like your morning cup of coffee, and challenge your eyes to see it in new ways.

I’ve shared the exercises I use when I’m looking to push my work in a new direction. I’d love for you try a few of these (or even all of these) exercises, share your drawings, and show how they inform a final illustration. Your new illustration should look different from your existing work. Whether you’re an experienced pro or just starting out, think of this as a new frontier to push your creative instincts.

DELIVERABLE

Share your final illustration. I’d also love to see any exercises and resources you create along the way. Don’t be shy! These should be fun and experimental — make a mess and share it. Upload:

  • 3-5 exercises
  • Final illustration
  • Optional: Resources you create along the way (textures, brushes, etc.)

RESOURCES

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Image courtesy of Ryan Putnam.

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