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

Amarilys Henderson, Watercolor Illustrator, Design Thinker

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21 Videos (45m)
    • Trailer

    • About Illustration

    • Project Overview

    • Do Your Research *Project Post

    • Key Concept Trend

    • Trend Exercise

    • Selecting a Food

    • Thinking Through Layout

    • Sketching Your Background Art

    • Painting Your Illustration Background

    • Marketability

    • Quote Brainstorm

    • Exploring Type

    • Sketch Some Type

    • Watercolor Handlettering: Wet on Wet

    • Watercolor Handlettering: Wet on Dry

    • Key Concept Profitability

    • Scanning Your Work

    • Combining Digitally

    • Now What?

    • Next Steps


About This Class


Illustrators are the unsung heroes that bring happy to everyday objects. Dive into what it's like to work as one--whether you're going for a quick swim or a few dozen laps! 

Follow Amarilys Henderson's prompts to create an illustration inspired by a real-life brief. This 45 minute class--complete with lessons in how to paint and handletter using watercolor--is a dive into what it's like to approach a brief as an illustrator. You'll be encouraged to create a piece that's fully yours and fully ready for the public. Amarilys discusses three key concepts to apply towards quick exercises, your final piece, and perhaps even a budding career.

What you can look forward to in this class:

  • Watercolor painting tutorials
  • Color techniques for making your work pop
  • Watercolor handlettering tutorials using both the wet on wet and traditional wet on dry techniques
  • Key concepts to stimulate thought throughout a marketable career
  • Lessons that show you how to compile the elements of your piece together in Photoshop
  • Next steps for launching an illustration career

This class is for those interested in having fun while creating fun--the best way to make it sell! 

227 of 231 students recommendSee All

I went through this class videos quickly, all at the same time so I plan to go back & do 'my homework' as Amarily suggests. I thought it was informative and easy to follow.
Amarilys is very generous with sharing her professional tips and hacks. It's a great class for an aspiring watercolor artist!
Lexie Bykova

Textile and Quilt Artist

This class is fund and very useful. For those who are interested in selling their art, this class is highly recommended.
Vera W.

A happy Techie, Craftswoman and Calligrapher :D





Amarilys Henderson

Watercolor Illustrator, Design Thinker

I process on paper and I problem-solve with keystrokes.

As a commercial illustrator, I've had the pleasure of bringing the dynamic vibrance of colorful watercolor strokes to everyday products. My work is licensed for greeting and Christmas cards, art prints, drawing books, and home decor items. My design background influences much of my recent work, revolving around typography and florals. 

If anything describes me, it's that I'm an explorer. I am interested in how things work, often bouncing from the fine art world to vectors, from paint to textile patterns. I'm forever ignited by new ideas and projects, aiming to master them while enjoying the process.

While my professional work in illustration and wedding stationery are driven by trend, my personal work springs from my faith. Bold beauty and ingenuity are my aim every time.

Read a recent article about Amarilys' work by Many Shapes Art.