Make it Fun, Make it Sell: Dive Into Commercial Illustration

Amarilys Henderson, Watercolor Illustrator, Design Thinker

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21 Lessons (45m)
    • 1. Trailer

      0:50
    • 2. About Illustration

      0:47
    • 3. Project Overview

      1:28
    • 4. Do Your Research *Project Post

      1:06
    • 5. Key Concept Trend

      1:58
    • 6. Trend Exercise

      1:18
    • 7. Selecting a Food

      1:07
    • 8. Thinking Through Layout

      1:00
    • 9. Sketching Your Background Art

      0:35
    • 10. Painting Your Illustration Background

      8:50
    • 11. Marketability

      3:20
    • 12. Quote Brainstorm

      0:24
    • 13. Exploring Type

      1:24
    • 14. Sketch Some Type

      1:30
    • 15. Watercolor Handlettering: Wet on Wet

      2:39
    • 16. Watercolor Handlettering: Wet on Dry

      1:18
    • 17. Key Concept Profitability

      6:00
    • 18. Scanning Your Work

      0:51
    • 19. Combining Digitally

      6:17
    • 20. Now What?

      0:27
    • 21. Next Steps

      1:41
15 students are watching this class

Project Description

Fun Family Poster Project

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Family is something that's as easy to resonate with as make fun of. You choose! Each student will create a poster or square coaster illustration that could easily become a series. These illustrations will incorporate a food--because what goes better with family?!

The class project is fun, personal, and practical:

  • The project parameters are based on an actual illustration brief.
  • Some parameters are provided, but there's plenty of room for personalization and authorship.
  • You'll walk away with a no-fail fun piece to kickstart your portfolio.

Project parameters include:

  • One 11x14 in. poster or 4x4 in. coaster illustration design
  • Inlude a quote pertaining to family
  • Have a repetitive food motif 
  • Projects may be created in a medium other than watercolor; there's no requirement to use the painting and handlettering techniques taught in the class

Along with the final piece, post a picture of its inspiration. Students are welcome to post their exercise drawings and the individual components of the project to help us better enjoy their creative process!

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