Retro Futuristic Illustration: Creating 80's Airbrush Graphics with Affinity Designer

Filipp Ryabchikov, Designer, Illustrator, Music Producer

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9 Videos (1h 9m)
    • Intro

    • References and Sketching

    • Creating a Background

    • Building Main Shapes

    • Adding Gradients

    • Shadows and Highlights

    • Adding More Details

    • Adding Neon FX and Final Polishing

    • Outro


About This Class

In this class I gonna show you how to create a vector illustration, in 80's airbrush retro-futuristic style, using Affinity Designer. No tablet needed, I draw everything with the mouse, using just a pen tool and basic shapes.

After this class, you’ll learn:

  • how to add and adjust chrome gradients,
  • how to add strokes with different pressure,
  • how to use gaussian blur to mimic the airbrush shadows and highlights technique,
  • how to add 80's aesthetic flavor to your vector artwork.
  • and much more!

Feel free to join and get your dosage of 80's neon!

5 of 5 students recommendSee All

I've always wanted to attempt a fake airbrush style but couldn't find suitable tutorials. This video is PRECISELY what I've been looking for. Very well done and informative :)
This is an excellent introduction into the tools that Affinity Designer offers. I come from an Adobe Illustrator background, so I have some idea on how to work in a vector program, but this helps so much in learning the workflow and unique tools of Affinity Designer.
Juleah Miller

Multimedia Artist/3D Printereer

Another awesome class! Thank you, Filipp! The class covers the whole process of creating a retro-futuristic artwork in your own unique style. Affinity is something absolutely new for me so it was really interesting to see how it works (from initial pencil sketch to the final polished sci-fi illustration) Thanks again!
Anna Sokolova

Artist, illustrator, designer





Filipp Ryabchikov

Designer, Illustrator, Music Producer

Fill Ryabchikov is a self-taught graphic designer and illustrator from Russia, Saint-Petersburg. Since 2007 he was working on a wide variety of projects from print and editorial illustrations to cover arts and logotypes.

He is also producing an electronic music under Filian alias, check out his tunes at soundcloud

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