Graphic Illustration: Boldly Design with Color and Shape

Olimpia Zagnoli, Illustrator

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12 Videos (1h 25m)
    • Introduction

      1:33
    • The Language of Color

      10:44
    • Inspiration and Resources

      7:14
    • Sketching Ideas

      10:53
    • Sketching your Illustration

      4:43
    • Digitizing your Sketch

      10:45
    • Drawing with Shapes

      10:03
    • Refining your Illustration

      10:08
    • Applying Color

      4:28
    • Experimenting with Color

      10:04
    • Closing

      3:38
    • What's Next?

      0:37

About This Class

Color and shape are powerful communicators in design and illustration — and this class will hone your skills.

Join famed illustrator Olimpia Zagnoli for an insightful class exploring her thoughtful, unexpected use of color. Inspired by her Italian upbringing and artists she admires, her illustrations are the perfect vehicle for exploring the interplay of inspiration and techniques — and ways you can combine them in your own graphic illustration work.

Every lesson brings to life how illustration can be a tool to communicate a message. You’ll explore:

  • Inspiration and resources
  • The power of simple shapes, both in sketching and digital illustration
  • Selecting colors that fit your artistic and editorial story
  • Polishing your illustration with final touches

Whether you’re just starting out or an experienced illustrator, you’ll walk away with a more considered, thoughtful approach to your work as well as techniques to add to your stylistic repertoire. Every student is encouraged to try and share the culminating assignment: creating a self-portrait illustration from start to finish.

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Thank you Olimpia! Very helpful and inspiring! and colourful!
Her voice is majestic and I could take a nap inside of it. Also, I love the way she uses organic shapes. I wish I could have her as a professor!
Very inspirational tutorial.

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Olimpia Zagnoli

Illustrator

Olimpia Zagnoli was born on a leap day in a small city in Northern Italy. She moved to Milan at an early age and graduated from the Istituto Europeo di Design in 2006. She has been working as an illustrator ever since. Her client list includes, among others, The New Yorker, Taschen, Google, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The Guardian, Fendi. Her work has been exhibited in several galleries worldwide. Her style is characterized by soft shapes and chameleonic colors. She lives in Milan in a h...

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