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Illustration with Draplin: Iterating with Shape, Style, and Color

Aaron Draplin, Designer and Founder, Draplin Design Company

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14 Videos (2h 9m)
    • Introduction

    • Creating Your Base Form

    • Iterating with Lines and Shapes

    • Iterating with Color and Style

    • Illustrating Objects

    • Illustrating Places

    • Illustrating Places: Adding Color

    • Illustrating People: Facial Features

    • Illustrating People: Head and Hair

    • Illustrating People: Adding Color

    • Clustering it All Together

    • Clustering: Adding Color

    • Bonus: Thick Lines Cluster Timelapse

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About This Class

Learn iteration techniques for illustration and design with Aaron Draplin, the design icon who has taught more than 85,000 students on Skillshare!

Minor tweaks add up to big breakthroughs in this in-depth class all about the subtle skill of iteration. Join Aaron as he dives into his personal illustration process, using shape, style, and color to push his creativity to new heights with every project. You'll illustrate a person, place, and thing to create an ode to your hometown, evolving each individual piece along the way.

Key lessons include:

  • Iteration exercises to push your design style
  • Illustrator tips and techniques for moving quick
  • Building color palettes from reference imagery
  • Illustrating objects with standard and custom shapes

Whether you're an illustrator or designer, new to art, or have years of experience, Draplin's creative approach will help anyone looking to develop their personal style. After taking this class, you'll have mastered the art of iteration, allowing you to push ideas further, make your art more unique, and create better work.



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It has been a few weeks since I took this class..... AND it freakin changed my life, no kidding! I used to have this unhealthy perfectionist attitude - "I either have this whole genius idea in my head or I do nothing" - guess what? I was super-unproductive as an artist most of my life... The process of iteration really changed the game for me - I am participating in a daily UI challenge now and even when the topic is like "a calculator" and I feel like I have zero ideas at the start, I always end up with a design I am satisfied with on some level. Same goes even for my projects in music. I feel so much more confident now because I know that taking it one step at the time, one tiny little idea after another, I usually end up with something worth sharing with the world :))) So massive thank you for this class! Technical skills are important kids, but I feel like this one turned me into a real creator!
Thank you Aaron.





Aaron Draplin

Designer and Founder, Draplin Design Company

Bred from the loins of the proud Midwest, this little fucker was squeezed out in Detroit, in the year 1973 to the proud parents of Jim and Lauren Draplin. Growing up on a steady stream of Legos, Star Wars, family trips, little sisters, summer beach fun, stitches, fall foliage, drawing, skateboarding and snowboarding, at 19 he moved west to Bend, Oregon to hit jumps "Out West." His career started with a snowboard graphic for Solid snowboards and took off like wildfire soon after. Everything fr...

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