Illusions of Depth: Layer-art in Illustrator

Rich Armstrong, Product Designer

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9 Videos (23m)
    • Intro

      0:42
    • The First Layer

      3:18
    • Shadows Now or Later?

      0:58
    • Repetition With a Twist

      4:05
    • To Work Up or Down?

      0:58
    • Shadows and Light

      3:01
    • Coloring Your Layers

      5:30
    • Finishing Touches

      3:49
    • The Last Video

      0:41

About This Class

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In this class we’re going to learn how to get going with layer-art in Adobe Illustrator. You’ll learn how to add depth to your artwork – and you’ll be able to use it for organic forms, layered illustrations, geometric artwork and for prototyping real-world layer-art.

Adobe Illustrator is an amazing layer-art tool since you don’t need real paper or cutting tools, yet you can create illusions of depth really easily. It can be a precursor for getting into 3D and real world layer-art, but it can also be in it’s coolest and most powerful form right in Illustrator – you can easily manipulate shapes and take them into interactive and moving forms!

The class is short, fun and accessible.

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316 of 322 students recommendSee All

Fast paced, but brilliant. Lots of fun.
Really easy tutorial and great instructor, would Recommend!
Realy good, and easy to do!

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Rich Armstrong

Product Designer

Rich's title is Product Designer but he's more of a jack-of-all-trades / generalist / unicorn. He designs, animates and codes. He's studied multimedia design and graphic design, and is a self-taught programmer. He's freelanced, worked for agencies and startups, and now runs Studio Armstrong, an Amsterdam-based creation company, with his wife. He also doodles all the time, has super ginger-powers and can touch his nose with his tongue!

He spends most of his working day researching and experimenting, much like his hero, Lucius Fox, does. Rich likes to think he's a minimalist, but he's fooling himself – he's as messy and unorganised as the any other creative genius.

Rich has been teaching online classes on Skillshare since late 2015 – and he likes it a lot :) He's since created the weirdly named Tap Tap Kaboom brand that showcases his experiments, designs and classes. Follow him on Dribbble, Instagram, Ello and YouTube. He also has a newsletter type thing that you can subscribe to.