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7 Videos (19m)
    • Introduction

    • Step 1: Choose and Sketch

    • Step 2: Resize + Add Typography

    • Step 3: Ink

    • Step 4: Vectorize

    • Step 5: Refine Vectors

    • Step 7: Presentation


About This Class

For this class, were going to be designing a set of hand drawn vector illustrations on the iPad Pro.

Vector illustrations are awesome because they are based on math (rather than pixels) and can be infinitely resized without losing quality! Vector artwork is also editable because it is not a flattened image like a JPG, so the colors, line width, etc can always be changed!


Many of my clients request artwork in vector, but I always cringe when they do because my vector illustrations always end up looking wonky, plus… I haaaaate the pen tool. But in this class I’m going to show you my NEW process for making vector illustrations that don’t look wonky!


Recently I created a set of Foodie Icons and I figured out how to make vector illustrations that are hand drawn and that actually still LOOK hand drawn when vectorized. And best of all, we won’t touch the pen tool at all! We'll go step by step through my process of making this series of foodie illustrations: from sketching to resizing to typography to inking to vectorizing to refining and finally presenting!

If you don’t have an iPad, there will be a short instructional process page in the Project Guide to help you translate this process to a traditional pen and paper medium!


P.S. The illustrations I created for this class were created as icons that are now for sale on Creative Market if you're interested in using them in any of your commercial or personal projects! You can see all the icon sets here:

Now let’s jump in and start drawing!

60 of 63 students recommendSee All

I love this class. It's very focused on practical tips that work and creates a very nice workflow. I'm all for classes that create this kind of workflow in addition to providing tips on fundamentals.
Clear and simple. I was following the pen and paper guide rather than the iPad instructions so there was a little to-ing and fro-ing, but it worked fine. I also have an older version of Illustrator (CS2) so had to use Live Trace instead of Image Trace, but it also worked OK after a little experimentation. The results look mostly OK, but I think I need to practice a little to make them look a bit tidier. I could adjust the vectors in Illustrator to tidy them up though.
Useful to see how to vectorize hand-drawn art.





Christine Nishiyama

Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

Christine Fleming is an illustrator and writer working out of Atlanta, GA. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a BFA in Graphic Design, and is now working as an author/illustrator creating picture books, graphic novels, and editorial work.

Christine is represented by Danielle Smith at Red Fox Literary, and is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) where she was awarded the honor of SCBWI Illustrator of the Month after attending the SCBWI National Conference in New York.

Check out Christine's 12+ other classes to further explore her illustration process!

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