Illustrate A Screen-Printed Skull T-shirt From Photo Reference | Pale Horse | Skillshare

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

Pale Horse, Digital Illustration Wizard

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9 Lessons (1h 12m)
    • 1. Trailer

    • 2. Set Up Your Reference Photo & Sketch Layers

    • 3. Follow Along As I Walk You Through the Sketching Process

    • 4. Digitally Ink Your Sketch - Part 1

    • 5. Digitally Ink Your Sketch - Part 2

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

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

    • 8. Create A Mockup of Your T-shirt Artwork

    • 9. 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






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Pale Horse

Digital Illustration Wizard

Chris Parks is the digital illustrator and fine artist known as Palehorse. Growing up on a steady diet of straight edge hardcore, Tampa metal bands, skateboarding and tattoo art, Chris later became formally trained in Graphic & Interactive Communication at the Ringling College of Art & Design. After graduation and 4 years of emersion into the design agency world by day and taking on freelance illustration projects for bands and action sports market companies by night, Chris took the leap to o...

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