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Illustration by Design: A Guide to Elevating your Drawing Skills

Ira Marcks, Illustrator / Storyteller

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17 Videos (1h 7m)
    • Introduction

      2:03
    • What is Design Thinking?

      2:00
    • Connecting Illustration and Design

      1:55
    • Art Nouveau: The Style of the People

      3:19
    • The Spirit of the Movement

      3:16
    • A Utopia for Illustrators

      1:31
    • Roles for Illustrators

      3:46
    • Class Project: Planning a Composition

      7:30
    • Class Project: Lines, Shapes, Space

      3:19
    • Class Project: Making a Mood Board

      3:56
    • Class Project: Symbolic Forms

      3:59
    • Class Project: Sketching an Idea

      7:11
    • Class Project: Tone Map

      1:59
    • Class Project: Line Art & Contrast (pt. 1)

      9:00
    • Class Project: Line Art & Contrast (pt. 2)

      5:13
    • Class Project: Color & Negative Space

      5:46
    • Wrap Up

      0:55
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About This Class

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A good illustration is an amazing thing.

It can illuminate an idea, simplify a complexity and give us the feels all at once. But what makes a good illustration work? Design thinking!

In this class, you'll learn to define your creative goals, develop your symbolism and evoke stronger feelings in your drawings using a few simple principles from the world of design.

Here are the topics we'll be covering:

  • Design Thinking
  • The Power of Connecting Illustration and Design
  • The Origins of the Modern Illustrator
  • Gathering Great References
  • Making Strong Compositions
  • Using Symbolism to Create Stronger Visuals

All you'll need for this class is a pencil and paper but I'm working in Clip Studio Paint for visual clarity.

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Great class, with a lot of useful info! Very fun and memorable. I love the animations Ira uses to present the info-- The presentation of the info is treated like an art form itself.
This course is awesome for the quantity of informations and for the presentation. Great job!
Love the levels of explorations that were routed in the process of coming up with the illustration shown. Amazing!
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Ira Marcks

Illustrator / Storyteller

 

My name's Ira. I'm a cartoonist/illustrator living in Upstate NY with my wife, dog, two cats and lots of books. In my classes, I explore ways to create meaningful illustrations and tell stronger stories.

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