Whimsical illustrations: Tips From Quick Doodle to Gif! Premium class

Sophia Maria, Illustrator / Teacher / Letterer

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9 Videos (41m)
    • Intro

    • Theme

    • Doodle away!

    • Lets get Digital

    • Give it some texture

    • Take a break

    • Animating

    • Exporting

    • Skillshare Business


About This Class

Ever wanted to make your doodles into something you could submit to a magazine or even to just put into your portfolio or website whilst maintaining a hand made feel? Also, have you ever wanted to turn your cute drawings into short animated gif to help promote your work on Instagram, Twitter atc and even submit to magazines?

I will be asking you to dig out your favourite, oldest or weirdest magazine and picking an article to work with. This article will then act as a brief for your very first editorial illustration. This is fantastic practice for anyone wanting to go into editorial illustration which is where I'm at in my career now! 

In this class I walk you through a project starting with how I sketch out my ideas and colour them both by hand and digitally. I give info on adding textures and charm to your drawings. I walk you through how to scan, trace and present your work and work with textures so that you end up with a useable project. 

As a bonus I go into how, with each project I do, I add an animated element to my work almost every time, it's a great final thouch that can be really eye catching and help you gain more of a following. Check out my gifs below!

There'll also be some really useful tips in how to start out in the business.

This project is perfect for someone wanting to do editorial illustration or just expand their portfolio... or to just have fun! This project requires some basic knowledge of after effects (for the animation bit).


This was for an editorial piece based on Churchil's "Black Dog" metaphor.


An Editorial piece for Into The Fold mag. In this article, the writer talks about her adventures working at a sex convention. For the full example go here http://www.intothefoldmag.com/2015/10/i-worked-at-a-sex-convention-and-it-was-great/

53 of 63 students recommendSee All

Focused, to-the-point class the teaches a specific workflow. Also includes some cool tips on getting more texture in Illustrator.
Fun and cute class, but it should emphasize the need for at least an intermediate level knowledge of BOTH AI and AE to be able to really grasp many of the concepts. Explanations on what are seemingly more than basic animation movements are not really explained so it's helpful if you are comfortable in AE. This class was informative in many ways, but it will def more helpful to people that know both AI and AE well. I'm excellent in AI, but I'm a beginner in AE and I was super lost through most of the animating areas. Repeat: This isn't a "how to" class in either software. It's more of a 'how to" on setting up a basic illo in AI, and finishing it in AE. I'll Def keep this class in my mind and come back to it when I sharpen my AE chops a little more for sure :)
Belinda Vega

Illustration / Graphic Design

Haven't finished the class yet, but I'm already loving it! I have to notice that Sophia Maria is very charming and makes this class very enjoyable to watch. Also, the class is quite useful for those who wanted to start animating their illustrations.
Darja Beleckaja

Designer and Illustrator





Sophia Maria

Illustrator / Teacher / Letterer

From London! I work mainly for Editorial illustration but also I dabble in the stationary and print industry. I have one published childrens book and hopefully more to come.