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Illustration in Action: Creating Stylized Portraits

Andrea Pippins, Designer & Illustrator

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15 Videos (1h 24m)
    • Introduction

    • Finding Inspiration

    • Using References Respectfully

    • Choosing Your Subject

    • Making a Word List

    • Materials

    • Sketching for Layout

    • Sketching for Likeness

    • Sketching for Final Details

    • Importing for Digital Editing

    • Editing Your Paths

    • Adding Color

    • Preparing Your File for Print

    • Closing

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About This Class

Illustrate vibrant and thoughtful portraits with designer and author Andrea Pippins!

Join Andrea as she shares her unique process for creating stylized portraits with surprising colors, bold patterns, and expressive typography. Through Andrea's step-by-step technique, you'll use a mix of creative inspiration and illustration techniques to tell a visual story with unexpected results. You'll learn how to:

  • Gather references and sketch effectively
  • Digitize your work in Illustrator
  • Choose and add color

Whether you're new to illustration or a seasoned artist, Andrea's process will jumpstart your creativity and help you honor someone who inspires you, allowing you to create meaningful work and push your illustration styles to new heights.

74 of 75 students recommendSee All

One of the best classes here, so detailed but still interesting, covering all aspects. And I love the speed and delivery
I love using Illustrator. Despite using it for years, I learned quite a bit about tracing and cleaning up my drawings. I especially enjoyed listening to Andrea's design decisions as she worked and her closing advice for those wanting to break into freelance illustration. Good job Andrea!
This was an excellent class. She gave simple and easy to follow instructions. It was great to get some insight into her design decisions.





Andrea Pippins

Designer & Illustrator

Andrea Pippins is an illustrator, designer, and author who has been featured in O: The Oprah Magazine, Family Circle, The Huffington Post, Bustle, and more. She has done work with brands such as Free People, Lincoln Center, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Andrea is the author of I Love My Hair, a coloring book featuring her illustrations celebrating various hairstyles and textures, and Becoming Me, for young women to color, doodle, and brainstorm their way to ...

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