Illustration by Design: A Guide to Elevating your Drawing Skills Staff Pick

Ira Marcks, Illustrator / Cartoonist

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17 Lessons (1h 7m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:03
    • 2. What is Design Thinking?

      2:00
    • 3. Connecting Illustration and Design

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

      3:19
    • 5. The Spirit of the Movement

      3:16
    • 6. A Utopia for Illustrators

      1:31
    • 7. Roles for Illustrators

      3:46
    • 8. Class Project: Planning a Composition

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

      3:19
    • 10. Class Project: Making a Mood Board

      3:56
    • 11. Class Project: Symbolic Forms

      3:59
    • 12. Class Project: Sketching an Idea

      7:11
    • 13. Class Project: Tone Map

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

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

      5:13
    • 16. Class Project: Color & Negative Space

      5:46
    • 17. 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.