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Illustration from Pencil to Vector!

Antonio Limpo, Graphic Designer, Illustrator

Illustration from Pencil to Vector!

Antonio Limpo, Graphic Designer, Illustrator

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8 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Class and Project Overview

    • 2. Sketching the character

    • 3. Importing the sketch

    • 4. Tracing your sketch for easy coloring

    • 5. Base coloring your character

    • 6. Detail coloring and shadowing

    • 7. Adding textures to the final composition

    • 8. Conclusion

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About This Class


In "Illustration from Pencil to Vector!" class you'll learn how to use Affinity Designer to import your pencil drawing of a character to the vector world, creating infinite possibilities in terms of color, shading, and backgrounds. 

Main topics covered:

- From pencil to tracing digitally

- Coloring and shading

- Adding texture layers to an illustration

This class is mainly for Affinity Designer, but can be used to learn techniques that can and should be used in any vector based illustration program.


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Antonio Limpo

Graphic Designer, Illustrator


My name is Antonio and I'm from Portugal.

I'm a graphic designer and illustrator, and I usually work with all kinds of clients, from small to big. I like to work in graphic, editorial and web design. I also work as an illustrator, and not seldom mix techniques and styles.

I've got an Art History college degree, plus two years of specializing in Graphic, Web and Editorial Design, and video edit. I'm also an Adult Teaching Professional Trainer.

I've worked for international events like VERA World Fine Art Expo in Lisbon, and MONSTRA International Animated Film Festival.

I'm also the Drawing and Painting teacher for Lisbon Arts Academy, in Lisbon, where I'm also the school principal. I've been teaching kids, teens and adults for more than 10 years, started way ... See full profile

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1. Class and Project Overview: Hello, everyone. My name isn't annually, and I'm a graphic designer and illustrator in this lesson. I'll teach you how to use a pencil and paper that you have done in order to sketch a carats of to use Infinity Designer. Why should you use a factor? Software factors give you maximum compatibility with everything you want to use them with. You can scare your vector designs from one inch to infinity, basically making them perfect for different types of work. Administration to product design will be creating a factor character from Depends face with real pence in paper to defective tracing, coloring and detail, adding, We're finishing with the use of textures in the final opposition to have something different to your work you love and believe me, so let's get started. 2. Sketching the character: creating your carrots, Tracy. Don't try to over detailed way. Want to fool character to drop, but we don't need to add a lot of detail to it as well at that when we need along the way, way. 3. Importing the sketch: next, we want to use the sketch as a base for our vector illustration. You can use a regular scanner if you have one or your smartphone camera for this purpose. It is just as good. Now we are going to choose a file format and size for the character we are going to import . In this case, it was a print file format so that we can, of course, print our final work without color problems. You can choose springs size, a four color formal speak eight NDP I 300 Finally, cheese fortunes. Now we are going to import or cared in affinity designer we work in less layers are a great way to work illustrations because in separate tracing from coloring, shattering and so on, that's really helpful When you want to change something. Well, let's start by creating a new layer. Using this icon right here will name it Sketchley. Then we'll go to fire, then open and find your sketch. This case will use well. I have money could well used the last one we've created. When you open your sketch, affinity designer will create another document. You want to select everything. Come and see Then go back to your document and face it in your sketch layer command. Okay? We already have it here. Now. We want Century series. It's center objects in the affinity design. You choose this I can right here, arrange, then align horizontally and finally aligned vertically. Then finally, less step in important. Our character. It's a locked is later. I want to lock this later. Because when we are Tracy, we don't want it to go left right up or down. We don't stay still. 4. Tracing your sketch for easy coloring: 5. Base coloring your character: Let's start calling part of our work. Start by creating a base colors layer and lock the previous ones. If you haven't already done it without tracing already created, let's start coloring it. It's a fast, straightforward process that much fun to working. To start coloring, you should start using simple collars. Choose 3 to 5 different colors as a base, starting from the face and then going down older way to defeat Way. 6. Detail coloring and shadowing: 7. Adding textures to the final composition: when pulling the lay it down, Be sure to push it all the way to the left like I do individual. If you don't do that, you'll merging two layers. - Let's find the texture to use in our composition. Make sure you won't use copyright fit textures when searching. If you don't find the texture after, use your cell phone or a camera and take pictures off the floor of your kitchen, a wall on your way to school or work. Everything can be used for our composition. Other thing to have in mind that you should use the highest resolution image possible, suitable for the size you want to bring your image later. 8. Conclusion: Well, I hope you guys have locked starting from a sketch just like this and finishing with print just like this. Don't forget Share your work on social media When your personal website given to friends It's a great way to find your clients into fuel. The creative talent. Don't forget, be creative. See you soon.