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Vector Sports Illustrations in Photoshop and Illustrator

Simeon Elson, Illustrator and Graphic Artist

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13 Videos (1h 18m)
    • Trailer

      1:42
    • Preparing the Reference Photo

      4:57
    • Drawing the Lines and Shadows

      6:49
    • Creating the Skin Contours

      9:10
    • Illustrating the Sports Kit Part 1

      7:03
    • Kit Part 2 Making Realistic Gradient Blends

      12:58
    • Producing the Helmet Glass & Illustration Review

      2:11
    • Adding Swooshes to Sports Figure

      6:12
    • Applying Splatters

      6:11
    • Applying Splatters Part 2

      7:59
    • Employing Depth to the Composition

      10:24
    • Final Tweaks and Adjustments

      1:15
    • Conclusion

      1:34

About This Class

In this class we will go through the process of creating a dynamic sports illustration from photo reference or hand drawn sketch that expresses energy and movement using Photoshop and illustrator. Throughout the process I will highlight the professional tips, trick and shortcuts I have learned over the years to produce many commercial and editorial illustrations for international commercial clients.

We will prepare the reference photography firstly in Photoshop to intensify the images contrast. We will then cross over to Illustrator to create the vector portrait stating with the ‘Line and Shadows’ Layer using the Pen Tool and custom brushes. Next we will look at drawing the skin contours and facial features before executing the sports players kit to finish our vibrant vector sports figure.

Next we will cross back over to Photoshop to add the energy, sense of movement and dynamic composition to the illustration through mix-media elements and noise grain brushes to give our sports player smoother contour transitions.

By the end of the class you will be fully equipped to create great sports illustrations combining vector, pixels, abstractivity and mixed-media elements that will wow prospective clients.

This course is for creative students, professionals or anyone who has an intermediate or above level of skill using both Illustrator and Photoshop.

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Simeon Elson

Illustrator and Graphic Artist

Simeon Elson is an inspired Adobe certified commercial freelance illustrator, graphic artist and photo retoucher based in London. Simeon's explosive, realistic works are inspired by sport, music, comics, movies, street art and current affairs. For more than a decade he has developed and diversified his graphical style(s) merging digital illustration, vector graphics, traditional drawing, mixed media elements, retouching and photo manipulation to produce images that are innovative and full of ...

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