Illustrate A Screen-Printed Skull T-shirt From Photo Reference

Pale Horse, Digital Illustration Wizard

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9 Videos (1h 12m)
    • Trailer

    • Set Up Your Reference Photo & Sketch Layers

    • Follow Along As I Walk You Through the Sketching Process

    • Digitally Ink Your Sketch - Part 1

    • Digitally Ink Your Sketch - Part 2

    • Select a Color Palet & Shade Your Skull - Part 1

    • Select a Color Palet & Shade Your Skull - Part 2

    • Create A Mockup of Your T-shirt Artwork

    • Set Up Your Final Art File For Print


About This Class


In this class I'll walk you through my process, step-by-step, showing you how I create detailed artwork for screen-printed t-shirts. You'll be using a provided reference photo that we'll be modifying with sketching techniques and you will also learn to set up your file for production. Beginners, to advanced students will likely enjoy and benefit from this class!



  • Sketching: Learn how to develop and modify your reference image with digital sketching techniques in Adobe Photoshop 

  • Line Work: Learn how to digitally ink your concept sketch, add details and capture the volume of the image. We’ll also install custom Photoshop brush presets that I use for cleaner lines. (Provided by illustrator Rey Frenden)

  • Color & Shading: Get the most out of a limited, spot color pallet and incorporate dynamic shading and highlights into your illustrations
  • File Set-up: Create clean, color separated production files for your best shot at perfectly screen-printed T-shirts


55 of 56 students recommendSee All

great tutorial, useful skill, no complaints.
Amazing as usual!
Hey! Thanks for a very professional and interesting class! I've enjoyed watching and learning some small tricks and details which are really helpful. Once again - right from the beginning it's obvious that you're a pro and the whole process is going very smoothly + the written instructions are also included to remind of every step. Will be waiting for your new classes!
Anna Sokolova

Artist, illustrator, designer





Pale Horse

Digital Illustration Wizard

For almost a decade, Chris Parks (AKA Pale Horse) has created illustrative T-shirt graphics for his own line, as well as a wide range of clients including: WWE, NIKE, Hasbro, FX, Blizzard Entertainment, DC Comics, Hart & Huntington, Steadfast Brand, Secret Artist, Iron Fist, Deftones, Design By Humans, Shirts & Destroy, TeeFury, Fright Rags and many others.