Digital Illustration: Communicate with Color, Pattern and Texture Premium class

Brad Woodard, Designer + Illustrator

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12 Videos (2h 51m)
    • Welcome Lecture

      15:24
    • Get Sketching

      11:13
    • Power of Color

      11:45
    • Illustrator 101 [OPTIONAL beginners only]

      14:18
    • Going Digital - Part 1

      9:24
    • Going Digital - Part 2

      14:22
    • Optional: Previously Recorded Q&A Video

      33:10
    • Natural Vector Shapes

      9:25
    • Making Patterns in Illustrator

      12:42
    • Custom Texture Brushes and Patterns

      11:59
    • Bitmap Textures

      6:57
    • Optional: Final Session Q&A

      20:19

About This Class

This class will teach you how to breathe life back into your own digital illustrations through the use of a few basic design elements. 

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Student, Jesper Bertelsen's project.

Whether you are new to digital illustration, or you are experienced but would like to enhance your ability to incorporate color, pattern and texture into your art, this is the class for you. From concept to completion, you will come away from this class with a beautiful, hang-it-on-your-wall-worthy, piece of art.

What You'll Learn

  • Concept Development. You'll create a digital illustration with your interpretation of the word "quiet" or "loud".
  • Understanding Color. You'll learn color theory and essential design principles.
  • Layout and Composition. You'll organize an image from start to completion. 

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 "Here's where I'm currently at with this quiet, mid-century living room." -Dominic Flask, Student and Skillshare Instructor

What You'll Make

For this class you will be creating a digital illustration that will be your visual interpretation of an adjective. You will get the choice of one of two adjectives:"quiet" or "loud". You will accomplish this through the use of pattern, texture, and color. Your illustration can be as abstract or literal as you choose. The class will start with you determining how you would like to visualize the word. Based on your ideas and brainstorming, you will then select your strongest directions. This is a great time for you to get feedback from your peers to see if you are communicating the way you would like. 

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Highly recommended to those who are struggling to be better at illustration especially you're a self-taught without anyone around to ask questions or get some pro-tips from. Thank you Brad for sharing your skills & knowledge. I can't thank enough for all your interesting/kind/helpful lectures. Please keep uploading more lectures!
Great class, I really enjoyed it. Learned some fab new techniques that have helped stylised my own illustrations.
Rachel Lucette Adams

Illustrator and Deigner

Lots of helpful tips on design concept, colour and texture

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Brad Woodard

Designer + Illustrator

I am a graphic designer and illustrator raised in the Great Northwest, now living in Austin, Texas with my wife and little boy. After graduating with a BFA in graphic design, I started my career as an information designer and illustrator at Column Five Media. The digital illustration courses I took in college paid off, as I found that more and more clients were requesting illustration work in their designs. Merging both skills together I have been able attract all types of work, including my work in advertising at Arnold Worldwide.

Now, my wife and I run our own design and illustration studio full-time, named Brave the Woods. We also sell art prints, tees, children's books and more at our shop, Brave Outpost

You can also find me on DribbbleTwitterFacebook and Pinterest