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Leveling Up Your Art Game: The Elements & Principles of Design

Dylan Mierzwinski, Illustrator & Lover of Flowers

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10 Videos (36m)
    • Leveling Up Introduction

    • Class Project

    • Who Is This Class For

    • Elements of Design

    • Principles of Design

    • Further Examples

    • Considering Style

    • Utilizing Inspiration

    • Critiquing

    • Final Thoughts

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About This Class


Have you been growing your technical skills but are still in search of your style? Do you see a disconnect between your work and the work of those you admire? Are you a self taught creative who sometimes feels like an imposter? I have BEEN there, and this class is just for you. In under 45 minutes I go through the Art 101 lecture that every artist, regardless of medium, needs to tuck in their back pocket (or be reminded of!). Does it sound too good to be true that BASICS could make the difference in your work? I won't spoil the surprise (okay yes I will, it's a total gamechanger)

We'll be taking a look at the elements and principles of design, and then take it three steps further and apply it to:

  • Exploring and developing YOUR personal style
  • Utilizing inspiration and references WITHOUT stealing
  • Critiquing yours and others' work (way beyond "I like it/I don't like it")

I dropped out of school to pursue my creative dreams, and although it was the best decision I've made, it took a long time to shake off that "everyone knows something but me" feeling; like my lack of degree was written all over my work in some invisible language. Well, the truth is it was and it wasn't. If you make art, you're an artist, period. But there's definitely a foundation of knowledge that, when supplied to the hungry and ambitious artist, can set their path on fire and take their work from alright to excellent. It isn't a gimmick, it's as old as art itself and used widely by creatives of all kinds. In fact, you've probably already been using some of these tools without realizing it!

Take a break from those keyboard shortcuts and grab a coffee, it's time for the Art 101 lecture you've been waiting for.

165 of 166 students recommendSee All

I really liked this class, it a fast and understandable way to rethink and understand why you do certain things, but also giving up on things that you feel obligated to do when you're really not in the end ! I'm gonna ditch a bunch of old things I've never really liked and starting adding new ones that I discovered and like, thanks ! :)
This class is clear dynamic and precise regarding design principles, elements and critiquing art. It is really helpful to grow your art game!
Excellent, clear instruction. All about knowing the skill to develop your own unique style





Dylan Mierzwinski

Illustrator & Lover of Flowers

My name's Dylan and I'm a strange combination of creative endeavors. From mixing cereals and making sand art as a kid, to graphic design, illustration, sewing, and general craft enthusiasm as an adult, creating and making beautiful things has not only been my constant, but an obsession. With an everlasting love of learning and trying things with my own hands, I've found joy in sharing what I've learned along the way in my six years as a professional graphic designer turned ill...

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