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Expressive Illustration: From Ideas to Execution

Roman Muradov, Illustrator

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10 Videos (1h 17m)
    • Introduction

    • Project: Illustrate a Concept Through a Word Pair

    • Finding Inspiration

    • Words & Associations I

    • Words & Associations II

    • Words & Associations III

    • Preparing Your Illustration

    • Inking

    • Digital Collage and Color

    • Closing Thoughts

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About This Class

Join artist Roman Muradov for an in-depth look at the creative method he uses for creating narrative and conceptual illustrations. Inspired by his work for The New Yorker, the New York Times, Penguin Random House, Google, and the classes he teaches at California College of Art, this 75-minute class is perfect for helping visual artists of every discipline generate ideas, expand their visual vocabulary, and create sophisticated work.

Covering both concept and aesthetics, Roman shows you every stage of an illustration coming to life. From generating ideas and drawing with ink and graphite, to collaging and coloring the piece digitally, each step shows how a chance combination of words can lead to a beautiful illustration.

This class is ideal for illustrators, visual artists, and everyone who wants to explore the way inspiration works. Most importantly, you’ll leave with a smart method you can use again and again.

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Great teacher!!!! super useful, i loved it.
I definitely recommend this class! I love the way in which Roman Muradov is talking about his creative process. It's very useful for illustrators (and, to some extent, for other creatives as well) who have to come up with a bunch of ideas in a short time and struggle with creative block. What I personally love about this class is also the number of insights/ideas coming from the world of literature that the teacher talks about. I read a lot myself and I smile every time when he mentions OuLiPo, Nabokov etc. :)
Thank you for this class! I really enjoyed the look into your creative process. I noticed that you didn't talk about the tools you were using, which is fine because that's not the point of this video. I'm one of the many aspiring illustrators out there who might be focusing too much on the tools instead of our mindset, and this class helped put things in perspective for me as a newbie who wants to get better at illustrating. Thanks again and more power to you!
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Roman Muradov


Illustrator and cartoonist from Moscow, Russia, currently living in San Francisco. Clients include the New Yorker, New York Times, Penguin, Google and many others. Featured in the Society of Illustrators (Gold Medal), ADC Young Guns, American Illustration and numerous other shows.

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