Exploring Your Illustration Style: Exercises to Push Your Work

Ryan Putnam, Designer & Illustrator

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12 Videos (55m)
    • Introduction

    • Project: Illustrate an Everyday Object in a New Style

    • Blind Countour Exercise

    • Yard Stick Drawing Exercise

    • Tactile Drawing Exercise

    • Subtractive Drawing Exercise

    • Chunky Media Drawing Exercise

    • Brushed Media Drawing Exercise

    • Natural Media Drawing Exercise

    • Gathering Inspiration From Your Exercises to Make Your Final Piece

    • Creating Resources From Your Exercises

    • Wrap Up


About This Class

Join illustrator Ryan Putnam for an 50-minute class on the exercises and creative prompts he uses to push his style in new directions. Ryan is known for creating digital illustrations that surprise and delight clients and viewers alike, and this behind-the-scenes glimpse gives you the tools and frameworks to challenge you and help you explore your style.

These bite-sized lessons follow Ryan through 7 non-traditional creative exercises that will each result in a different type of drawing. Ryan will then take inspiration from one of these drawings and walk through each step in expanding it into a new, digitized, polished illustration in a style he has never worked with before.

This class is perfect for anyone looking to get out of a rut and spice up their work, whether you're a professional illustrator with a recognizeable style, or just starting out. By the end, you’ll create a final illustration piece that challenges any of the work you've done before. Grab a pen, and let’s get started!

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Super creative and it gave me a lot of ideas to work on in the future. (:
Katarina Ostojić

Graphic Design

Ryan dug it !
This class really does get your creative flow flowing. Thanks, Ryan! :)





Ryan Putnam

Designer & Illustrator

Ryan Putnam is a designer and illustrator based in San Francisco. Putnam's approach to his work is fun, personal, and always forward-looking. His goal is to combine craft functionality with fine art integrity and the exacting principles of design.

What he begins with his pencil and moleskine, he brings to life in forms ranging from letterpress to musical instruments, textiles to stickers, logos to coffee cups.

When he is not crafting, he can be seen trekking across the woods with his son Cyan on his back and wife at his side.