Illustration: From Sketch to Finish, Create a Detailed Illustration in Adobe Illustrator.

Erica Ilene, Designer and Artist

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17 Lessons (1h 41m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Setting up: Setting up the work space for efficient work flow and editing

    • 3. Brushes and Texture Swatches. Load the brushes and textures swatches provided with the class

    • 4. Sketch:

    • 5. Illustrator Basics: Tools and keyboard short cuts used in the class demonstration illustration

    • 6. Pen Tool 1: Defining when and where to plot anchor points

    • 7. Pen Tool 2: Working with handles and anchor points.

    • 8. Pen Tool 3: Working with unique corners

    • 9. Pen Tool 4: Using the pen tool and reducing opacity to illustrate over a sketch

    • 10. Color: Picking color

    • 11. Color: Color guide

    • 12. Coloring and resizing texture swatches

    • 13. Lettering 1: Illustrate a simple sans serif type

    • 14. Lettering 2: Customizing a a font

    • 15. Illustration: Putting it all together

    • 16. Wrap up: Finding inspiration and project instruction

    • 17. Bonus: Using texture and pattern swatches in a repeating pattern tile


Project Description

Create an illustration from your own ideas and inspiration.

1. Sketch - Use a variety of objects with a range of surface texture in your illustration, such as glass, fabric, wood, organic.  

  - Sketch and doodle daily and compile a personal library of inspiration.

  -Include some typography in your illustration, even if it is just one word.

2. Set up your work space in illustrator.

     -Clear out the color in the swatch panel

     -Load your sketch and lock the layer

     -Break down your illustration into workable layers, create and name those layers.

     -Load brushes and texture swatches provided in class

3. Color

    -Pick the main colors for your illustration and add them to your swatch panel

4. Use the pen tool to block each shape using the fill and lowering the opacity when needed.

5. Open up your texture swatches, brushes, and color guide

   -Use the various harmony rules to add additional colors to your swatch panel and illustration.  Use shades and tints to add more colors to work with.

6. Recolor and resize the texture swatches and brushes accordingly for your illustration.  Experiment with layering more than one tint or shade of a color and size of texture. 

7.  Use the pen tool or a font to illustrate your typography.

    -Use clipping masks to apply texture to typography.

Post your sketch and before texture applied and after texture applied in the project section in this class.

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