Inky Illustrations: Combining Analogue and Digital Media

Tom Froese, Illustrator and Designer

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12 Videos (1h 7m)
    • Hello

      2:08
    • The Project

      2:20
    • Required Skills and Equipment

      4:34
    • Good to Know

      2:34
    • Lesson 1: List Five Objects to Illustrate

      3:12
    • Lesson 2: Sketch Your Postcard

      7:48
    • Lesson 3: Choose Your Colors

      2:24
    • Lesson 4: Start the Base Illustration in Photoshop

      14:14
    • Lesson 5: Make Ink Marks and Textures

      9:28
    • Lesson 6: Bring Ink into Photoshop

      13:57
    • Lesson 7: Complete the Illustration

      3:25
    • Recap and Concluding Remarks

      1:07

About This Class

Only real, physical media gives us those imperfections we love so much — bleeding ink, wobbly lines, grainy textures, etc. — but how to bring them into our digital illustrations? If you've ever wanted to have a more hand-crafted, personal illustration style, this class will be perfect for you. Illustrator Tom Froese is known for his whimsical, energetic illustrations that combine digital techniqiues with physical textures, linework and hand lettering. Join him as he shows you, step by step, how to illustrate a postcard featuring your favourite tools of the trade — those things you love to use every day to get your job or hobby done. Along the way, you’ll pick up some very handy skills in sampling physical marks and textures digitally using a scanner and Photoshop, and of course, have an insider’s look at his personal process. 

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Great class, thank you so much!
A wonderful class and a thoughtful, clear instructor. The assignment is compelling enough to hold my interest, the pace is just right, and the detailed instruction ensures that I'm never left wondering how he did something. I really appreciated that Tom never took for granted that I should already know how to use all these tools. He explains not only the "hows" but also the "whys" so you understand not just the procedural process, but why things are done this way, resulting in a clear conceptual understanding that I find rare in these Skillshare classes. Tom intuitively grasps and practices highly effective teaching strategies and I hope to see more classes from him in the future. Thanks! :)
Great project to personalize. Easy to understand even if new to ilustration photoshop. For a tactile person a sweet blend of physical world and digital. Thank u

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Tom Froese

Illustrator and Designer

Hello, Skillshare folks! I am an independent illustrator and designer living and working in the rural village of Yarrow, British Columbia, Canada. I primarily work in editorial and retail illustration, and my client list includes Wired UK, Monocle, Laurence King Publishing, Papyrus (the greeting cards, not the font!) and Chipotle Mexican Grill. On the side, I regularly collaborate on letterpress projects, such as greeting cards and multi-illustrator print sets with my friend Vincent Perez at Everlovin’ Press. 

My work is characterized by physical textures and handmade linework combined with simple, solid shapes and bold colour palettes. I have a passion for the peculiar and enjoy depicting the often subtle but humourous things that I find in everyday life.