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Illustration by Design: A Guide to Elevating your Drawing Skills

Ira Marcks, Illustrator / Cartoonist

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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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another VERY interesting and inspiring class, thank you ira :)
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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.

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Ira Marcks

Illustrator / Cartoonist

 

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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