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Illustration for Beginners: Create Your Style in Procreate through Character Design

teacher avatar Smitesh Mistry, Illustrator & Designer

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (1h 9m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Orientation

    • 3. Benefits of knowing your style

    • 4. Drawing from imagination

    • 5. Finding inspiration

    • 6. Component Breakdown

    • 7. Moodboard Breakdown

    • 8. Establishing your style

    • 9. Final Project

    • 10. Conclusion

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About This Class

Establishing your style as an illustrator is a great way to attract clients, gain recognition and build an audience. In this class, we will be drawing a character using Procreate while working on how you can create your style.

Finding your illustration style might feel like a huge endeavor, which is why I’ve broken it down into actionable steps:

  • Understand why having a style is important
  • Get the juices flowing with a fun exercise
  • Train your eye to understand your inspirations, surroundings and influences
  • Use that inspiration to generate your own style
  • Break down an illustration through understanding these basics:
    • Fill - solid or textured
    • Stroke - stroke or no stroke (style of stroke)
    • Proportion - in proportion or not
    • Colour - use of abstract or real
    • Lighting - flat illustration, shaded or realism shading

This class is perfect for the beginner who wants to tap into the illustration side of design or someone who has been in the industry for a while and wants to better understand their style. However, don't worry if you are new you don't require any previous drawing skills as I will be including working files for you to use and help you through the class.

This class is useful as it will help you to get to grips with your style, but also give you a much better understanding of how you can justify your style, but also will help you when looking at the inspiration that would want to implement in your style. This is so important, as nothing is truly yours, as art is a mixture of many artists' work which is what makes it unique to you.

If you are wanting to start something new and amazing, I would definitely recommend this class as it is a real eye-opener.

I look forward to teaching you.




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Smitesh Mistry

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Hey, I'm Smitesh Mistry a Graphic designer and Illustrator. I like to create content that is fun and abstract that conveys a message. 

During the day i am at work designing all sorts for stuff from online to print, In my spare time I enjoy learning new skills, drawing or planning my next video for my youtube and instagram page.

I plan to make many more skillshare classes on how to get started in certain aspects of design for the beginner or the intermediate wanting to improve your skills.

If you'd like to find out more, please do 'follow' my Skillshare profile, and if enjoy my content and you've got ideas for classes that you'd find useful, drop me a message/email and I'll see what I can do

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1. Introduction: [MUSIC] Whether you're wanting to attract more clients, grow an audience, or have your signature style recognized when someone sees your work, knowing how to justify your style allows you to create endless piece of work with consistency, but also gives you a room for your style to grow, evolve, and develop. Hi, I'm Smitesh Mistry, a self-taught illustrator and graphic designer who creates fun, abstract, and surreal illustrations. I've been creating digital illustrations just over three years now. In that time, I've definitely honed in within my style. This wasn't something that came to me straight away as I was in a similar place to you, not knowing my style or even how to establish this. However, having gone through this process of not knowing my style, but over the years playing around with different things, I've put this into actionable steps which you can use which will help you find and establish your style. I'll be guiding you through the process of how you can create your illustration with an insight into how you can find your style. I'm teaching this class, I will be going through the process of establishing my style. I want to share my experience and how you can establish and hone in on your style. Having your work recognized as an illustrator without the use of branding, logos, or even a name, is one of the biggest benefits of knowing your style. This class is perfect for someone who's just entering the illustration space and wants to know or really establish a solid style before they continue, or even for someone who has been illustrating for a while and really wants to get to grip with their current style, know how they can establish it and keep consistency whilst producing different illustrations. In this class, we'll be starting off initially with some reasons why having your style is so crucial. Then moving onto a little creative exercise to get the juices flowing. Then I'm going to take you through how and where you can find inspiration, constantly being inspired. Then we'll be using all this, once we broke it down, into our final illustration where I'll be walking through my create process; how I start from an idea and how I go to a conclusion of the final illustration for which then you can upload in the project panel below. I'm excited to teach this class as the powers this will give you as an illustrator is insane. Having people recognize your work or even people reaching out to you [inaudible] being created in your signature style, and the fact that I get to be the one teaching you this, gives me immense happiness as I know the place that you're in right now, and it can be confusing, not knowing how to justify your style or how to produce consistent pieces of work. Also, once you've established your style, once you're comfortable with this, you can start inspiring others and others can use your work as their inspiration. If you're ready to master your style and get well on the way of getting your work recognized, let's get to it. Let's grab the medium of your choice and I'll see you in the next lesson. [MUSIC] 2. Class Orientation: Hey and welcome to this class. In this class, we're going to be creating a fairly simple illustration using the style that you find during this class. The illustration that we'll be creating is around the theme of adventure. The reason why I've chosen this is because it allows your mind to flow as adventure could mean anything to everyone and anyone. I chose this project because it contains the main elements which we'll be going through in this class, including fill, stroke, texture, lighting. This is a good place to start for a beginner as it's not too hard as it allows your expressive side to come through. The reason why I've set these constraints or these main elements is because it doesn't distract you from the subject to the illustration. It just lets you focus on the style. By the end of this class, you'll have a better understanding of how to find your style or to justify your existing style, which allow you to produce more work consistently. The main tools I'll be using for this class will be my laptop for the internet, pencil and paper for the sketching part of the class, and then any other hardware or software that you'd like to use. I'll be using the iPad and Procreate as some additional illustrator. Whether you want to go the traditional reoccurring art and use paints or maybe oil pastels or the digital way like me and use Photoshop or Procreate is totally up to you, but to get the most, I'd recommend you using what you like, what you feel comfortable with and what you want to continue using in the future. Also if you're not sure yet, then you can use any medium that you want and then come back to the class when you've decided. Now we're all excited and you know what you're going to be creating. In the next lesson, we're going to be running through some of the benefits of knowing your style. See you there. 3. Benefits of knowing your style: In this class, we'll be running through some of the benefits of knowing your style, what it allows you, and all the opportunities as eye opens. Me, personally, I've been drawing, designing, and painting for the last 10 years. However, over this period of 10 years, I haven't really been creating my own work. It may have been imitating other artist's style, which looking back at it, I've been inspired by many other different artists as I've been along this process. My style came for a range of different sources. From RS, who've inspired me, from other things, such as music, but also another reason was because I couldn't draw faces correctly. I just decided that my character don't need faces. Pro-tip. Here's a really good way of making your style personal to you, is by using your flaws. Anything that you feel that you have a weakness in or struggle to draw, embrace it and make it a part of your style, as you take these lessons in this class. Being exposed to so many different artists, different techniques is really allowed me to find my style and carried forward onto the post I post on my Instagram. Let me run through some of the key reasons of why finding your style is so important and how it can help you. Firstly, we have recognition. This is the opportunity to get clients, build a brand, or even have a voice. Secondly, consistency. This is another key element to make sure your style is yours. Being able to create multiple pieces of work in your style regardless of the subject or the idea of the illustration. Thirdly, we have evolution. This may be within illustration. It may expand into different areas of design, includes a graphic design or say 3D modeling, but being able to communicate your style consistently, but also allowing it to evolve for different mediums or even just different trends. It's such a huge benefit. Fourthly, we have the constraints that come with having your style. Because sometimes you may have a mental block, whether that is what color palette to use, what illustration style to do this in, but if you've got your own, you can really focus on the idea and the concept of the illustration itself. Finally, we have community or the fact that you can inspire others. Once you've established your style, and say if you post your work on social media or any other platforms, eventually, you're going to gain a following because people will gravitate towards your style. After honed it on your own, you can start to inspire others and maybe be the inspiration for their style too. Just a quick roundup of this class. Some of the key benefits of finding your style include recognition, consistency within your work, the fact that you can evolve your style, but also the fact that you can grow an audience and eventually inspire others too. In the next lesson, we're going to begin the create process and get the creative juices flowing by drawing from imagination. So let's grab your pencils and your paper, and let's get to it. 4. Drawing from imagination: In this class, we're going to be drawing three different sketches from imagination based on themes which I'll run through. The reason for this is just to get the creative juices flowing, but also to see where your current style is at the moment. Put together a list of themes of which we are going to draw for imagination. I'm going to be drawing these alongside with you so you can see my thinking process and how I create these sketches based on these themes. The reason why we're doing this task is because your sketch generally is the backbone of your illustration. Seeing where you are, getting your imagination flowing is a great way to get things kicked off. I feel drawing from imagination is the best way to see what you already have, what you've been inspired by, or what you've consumed over the years to see where your current style is at the moment. I'll just start improving and drawing more. Your sketch is going to become the backbone of your illustration. It's good to get familiar with it as this is going to help you further down the line. On the screen and now the three themes that we're going to be drawing, whether you use your iPad, a digital tablet, or you're going to use pencil and paper. Let's start with the first one. I'm going to run you through my process and what I'm thinking as I'm creating my sketch. Within the project panel below, I've included a PDF or JPEGs. You can either drag the JPEGs straight into Procreate or you can use a PDF and you can print that out and then draw with pencil. For this activity, I'm going to be using the iPad and the Apple pencil. The three topics I've mentioned before, are nature, exercise, and music. We're going to start initially one-by-one starting off with nature then exercise, then music. I'm going to be talking through my thought process on what I'm drawing, why I'm choosing this. Let's just get straight into it. If you drag this into Procreate, I'm going to be creating a new layer and then draw my sketches on there, just so I don't mess around with the grid layer. For this, I'm going to be using the pencil that comes with the Procreate app. There's no special brushes or pencils needed. I'll assume to the sketching section and then the HB pencil. First thing that comes to mind when I think of nature is maybe landscape, trees, grass, anything green, think of nature. I'm just going to start off by for me, our first one's going to be a landscape. This is the first that came to mind so I'm just going to run with it. Here I'm just thinking of filling in the bottom of the page. Again, keeping it super rough. I'm just adding some loose shapes. This is the way that I like to communicate in nature. These sketches are meant to be rough. They are not meant to be finished pieces, they are meant to be nice, rough, and ready. On these sketches to be nice and rough, no finished project, nothing polished, it's just to get used to drawing, seeing where you are. Now let's move on to exercise. With this one, the first thing that comes to mind for me is just someone running. I'm just going to go ahead with it. I'm going to start with the legs first, just plotting out some skeleton, how I want the character of mine to run. This is for me, I'll just call it the skeleton. This is the skeleton of the illustration or the drawing that I'm doing just to figure out where I want the limbs to be. This comes in very useful when I'm creating characters. As you can see, it already looks like a character or a person running. I'm going to do now is go in and fill the shapes in. Just a little bit of shading just to bring the character to life. This is what I like to do, but you draw how you would, you envision exercise how you would. It's important that you keep it personal to you. Here's my second drawing, so I'm going to go in and add some shading. This is what I like to do. Again, keep this personal to you. You do draw these illustrations or you draw these sketches just how you would. Here's the second one. Let's jump into a third one. Here are my three sketches I create for exercise. Then finally we have music. Going for a similar approach like we did in the previous ones, say exercise. We could go with music, we could go so I'm playing an instrument or someone interacting with music, or we could just draw the instrument itself. Feel free wherever your imagination throws at you. This one said, draw music, what's the first thing you draw? It could be the iPod from a couple years back, it could be a pair of headphones. It could be a keyboard, a guitar. It could be someone listening to music. Feel free to draw the first that comes to mind keeping it personal to you. I think firstly, for me, first that comes to music is listening to music, so I'm going to draw a character. Again, as you can see, all my sketches are very rough. There's no reason to go into detail as right now, this is just understanding concepts, how we think, where our mind goes to. Right now say the concepts of proportions, nothing's really there. This stage is all about imagination concepts and seeing how we draw, because our sketches are the backbone of our final illustration. It's important to draw as freely and loosely as possible. Here's my first one I created for music. It's quite a crazy concept to be honest. Honestly, I do not know the music symbols. This is all for imagination. I'm not sure if it's natural music symbol. All things I've seen from in the past. As we go through imagination is how you think things look like becomes part of your style. I'm quite happy with that. I'm going to move on to the next one. This is what I've created for the sketching part of this class. This is purely just to see where imagination goes, how it flows, and then what we're going to do now is I'm going to break this down and see if we can find some similarities. So now that we've completed the task, we're going to take a few seconds to see if there are any elements are similar or consistent or if there's any similarities within your sketches. Our list of questions which you can ask yourself in order to see if there are similarities or any resemblances between all your sketches. Are they simple or detailed? Are they in proportion or out of proportion? Are they playful or real? Expressive and controlled? What pattern do you see emerging? Line width, shading, expression? The main thing we're doing here is looking for patterns. Whether you can see in your line width, in the shading style, if there's an expressive brush strokes, pencil marks, any faces, any detail work, we just trying to see if there are any similarities here. Now that we've completed the initial sketching tasks, what we're going to do, is going to go through the sketches that you've produced and the ones I've produced. I'm going to go through and analyze them ever so slightly to see if we can finally patterns emerging within the sketches that you've created. Let me show you two different contrasts to each question just so you get a better understanding of what we're working with. We can have a simple drawing of a book, or it could be heavily detailed so it could maybe at the pages, maybe shut off the surface of the book is saying them. You can see two contrasts between simple and detailed, so for that given it quite rough but say an ice cream cone. Ice cream with an ice cream cone, it's fairly in proportion for the ice cream to the cone ratio. But then say out of proportion could be very tiny cone and there could be a huge amount of ice cream on top with maybe a little tiny [inaudible] Here's an example of, I would say, in proportion to out of proportion. Instead of plans, I drew, for example, very playful. Natural light shapes, nothing too serious, very loose or it could be something a lot more real. Expressive is normally communicated through your brushstrokes or your shading, so you're sharing is like that, for example, or you're sharing is mixed up of a mixture of dashes, or the shapes you draw could be loose or they could be very stiff depending on how you draw on your drawings. Say controlled could be very perfect circles, or it could be the way you shade, it could be a very smooth gradient going from dark to light, for example. Here's a little cheat sheet that we can use as a simple versus detailed, in proportion versus out of proportion. You've got playful versus real and we got expressive versus controlled. These are few things to consider as we are going through our drawings. We're going to go back to the three themes that we drew, and I'm gonna go through mine to see if you can spot different things. For each one, I'm going to associate a color, so yellow can be simple or detailed, orange is going to be in proportion out portion, green is going to be playful or real, and then purple is going to be expressive or controlled. We're going to create a new layer above and then I'm just going to go through and highlight some things I can see. Starting off with simple or detailed. Definitely these simple, very simple. I realize is clouds, so these clouds here, clouds there. This is one pattern and I can see myself doing, and here again, I see proportion wise. We can see here, for example, this thing is way our proportion. As mentioned ones, we're drawing here the leaves, the stem. The stem is almost as thick as the leaf, which generally isn't the case. Then here I'll say this as fairly in proportion, so majority is out of proportion, as you can see, the orange through the sketches that we've just analyzed. Moving onto real or playful, as you can see as a whole apart from say, this one and this one, a lot of them are very playful. As you can see by the very loose use of lines, especially in these hills. I know hills look like this. Is very fun way of approaching, say, greenery or foliage. Again, I'll tell all of the sketches that we do, this was the most realistic, as it could be a dumbbell. There's nothing, that stands out, that's really amazing about this. This hair, the texture in hair is very playful. Now finally, I'm going to be on the purple and this is to see where the expressive or controlled so styling of hair can see the shading, very expressive. These little marks here in there. Again, hallmarks here. This is what I want you to do with yours, go through and be very conscious of the things that you're choosing, whether it's real or expressive or simple or detailed. Really go through it and see what the majority is. As you can see with mine, I'd say it's very simple, compared to simple and detailed as a multiple of the simple side in proportion versus out of portion. I would say mine is very out of proportion, the long legs, a tiny body, big leaves, big stems. Again, they said, sizes dotted, very out of proportion. Overall, the flow and the simplicity of the shapes, it's very playful, there's nothing too real about it, and then finally, with regards to expressive or controlled, I would say mine is very expressive and very lose lines, free shapes. Largely to go through and do the same with yours, really analyzing the sketches that you've done and when we do get to the end, I would like to see this part of your drawing. So do save this, export it, take a picture whatnot, and then when we do get to the end and you can upload it to the project panel. Before moving on to the next lesson, I recommend spending some time analyzing the sketches that you've created to see if there are any similarities in the elements that you've used or has any consistency within the shading I wanted to. In the next lesson, I'm going to be covering inspiration, how and where you can find it, and then we're going to get moving on to creating a mood board. 5. Finding inspiration: [MUSIC] In this lesson, I'm going to be showing you some of the best ways that you can find an inspiration, but also be inspired. This is an important part of the illustration style as subconsciously, your style comes from things that you are inspired by, things around you, music you listen to, films you watch, or even games you play. In this class, I'll be running through some of the places where you can gain inspiration, then we'll be turning that into a mood board for which you'll be using in the final project to create your illustration, but also it's something that you can refer back to anytime later on in the future. To begin, let's run through some of the places where you can get inspiration or things that you can search online to help you find inspiration if you're unsure where to start. Firstly, let's jump online. Let me show you a few websites that I like to use for different purposes. Firstly, I'm going to start off by showing you some of the resources that you can find online to get inspiration from. Firstly, we have Pinterest. This is a great place as all the images on here are saved from all over the Internet, which is great, so it puts everything in one place. Here as you can see, I've just searched illustration. I'm just scrolling through, and as you can see, there are many different types of illustrations, is great for inspiration. Obviously, that is endless. There is never an end to the types of things that you can find on here. One thing I really like about this, is it allows you to go in and save it. You just hold on it with your finger, you can save it, you can send it, and you can flashlight it. Here, we press Save. Then here as you can see, I've created a mood board called Skillshare. So I'm just going to go in, Skillshare, and there we go. If you tap on that, it shows you all the things that have been saved in that board. Secondly, we have Behance. This is another great website, but the only thing with this is that it's only uploaded by designers, so it's not safe from random things off the Internet. These are all designers who have uploaded their projects onto Behance. Then again, you can search different terms. Say if we click on there, it will search illustration, and it comes up with many different illustration projects from packaging, to product, to digital illustration, to again, packaging. There's many different sources on here. I feel like this one's a lot more creative, a lot more unique compared to Pinterest, but again, it's good to get inspiration from. If you do click on it, you can see the illustration, you can see the process if the artist or the designer does upload it. Thirdly, we have YouTube. This is an odd source, but again, it's great. Here for example, I have just searched illustration trend 2022. It's great just to go through videos together of illustration styles are trending. You can search anything you like. It comes up with any trends. It's just great to see video format of maybe illustration trends or up-and-coming things. It's great for inspiration because you come across things that you don't even intend to. Then finally, we have Google Images, the one that we all used right at the beginning. All I've done here is searched illustration and clicked on images. I'm just going to scroll through. It's endless, honestly. The amount of information, the amount of inspiration, the amount of ideas that you can get from this is crazy. Obviously, depending on what you're illustrating at the time, what you're creating, you can tell your search accordingly, but I've just searched the very open term of illustration just to show you the amount of inspiration and possibility that is out there. Now for the offline ways in which you can get inspired. Firstly, we have music. This is great because musicians and artists tend to describe feelings or emotions while they're singing their songs, and you can take inspiration, whether it's the story of your illustration or if you just need an idea. Secondly, we have environment or surroundings. This is great whether you're in nature or in the city. There's always many things around you. There's color combinations, there's textures, and there is new things that you see which may spark in your idea. Thirdly, we have films. Me personally, I really like this one as I'm quite into sci-fi and watching superhero movies or animated films. In these, you have some lifelong key concepts, whether it's the way the special effects been done, the graphics, or even just understanding certain lighting or even like body positions or poses, which I will have taken inspiration from in the past. Fourthly, you've got fashion. I use this one personally for when I'm thinking of color combinations. As walking around, out and about, you see people's outfits and say the trousers and the t-shirts that they're wearing and the color. If the color combination that they're wearing works, I like to incorporate that whether it's into my characters or even just the illustration in general. Finally, we got observing. This is a great one, as you're always out and about and your new surroundings, you can take inspiration from everything and anything. Really, just looking out for things. Looking up, looking down street, as you normally would, and then just seeing how you can incorporate that into your work. For the mood board, I'll be using Pinterest. It's a great platform to find inspiration, but also allows you to save it and categorize all the things you save into different topics. Now that you know a few places where you can find inspiration or places where you can be inspired from, now we're going to go through and create our mood board. For this, we're going to be using Pinterest. I'm going be using this on an iPad, with Pinterest as a phone app, so you can use your phone. If you have access to a laptop, you can do on there for the web browser. Feel free to choose whichever method you do, but for this, I'm going to be using Pinterest on the iPad. What I'd like you to do is we're going to go through and search a few times, which I'm going to place on screen. I want you to choose between 20 and 30 images and save them to a mood board. You can call the mood board wherever you like. I've called mine Skillshare. But feel free to save whatever you like, whatever you look off for everything, whatever styles or inspiration that you feel match you, go ahead and save that to your board. All we want to do for this lesson, just go ahead and save 20-30 images that you like the look of. I'm going to go in and initially, I'm going to start off with the term illustration. I'm going to be using my pencil just to scroll. What I'm doing here, I'm just going through and seeing what I like, the look of. I call it the colors of this. I'm just going to hold it, drag my pencil across to save, and then I'm going to click on Skillshare. I'm going to go ahead and do this. Feel free to stop whenever you want. You can add more than 30 images. I'd say 20-30 as a minimum. I'm just scrolling through. Seeing what I like. I quite like the way the figures that I illustrate in this, like the proportions and stuff. Again, hold, save, Skillshare. I want you to go ahead and continue doing the same. Take as long as you like on this step, pause the video. Go ahead and create your mood board. Don't forget, we're going to search these terms initially, and then feel free to search any terms that you'd like after. Whether you want to search character design, you're going to search animal design, you're going to search textures, anything that you feel much is things that resonate with you, go ahead and do so. [MUSIC] If you do like the look of something, you can click on the image and that'll take you into maybe more images which show you similar concepts. I've gone through and I've made my mood board. I've just filled it out with a bunch of images which I feel resonate a lot with me. A lot of them range from say, characters, to environments, to even 3D characters. Again, the inspiration could be anything. To some flowers. It can be a range from anything, but hope you've done the same. Got your mood board together. In the next lesson, I'll be breaking denser elements which we'll be using in order to break this down. Pro tip. One thing I like to do is keep my phone on me at all times. The main reason for this as we're walking out and about, or if we scrolling online, there's so many things that we see visually that we may be inspired by. Whether that's someone's outfit, a song we listened to, or even if your thought comes to mind and you want to drop something down for later. However, in order to do this, the first thing you need to do is learn to be observant. See things around you, know it's color combinations, know it's textures, know it's things that you may want to create or things that you want to incorporate into your own work. Before moving onto the next lesson, I'd really recommend spending some time, building out your mood board, really filling it with everything that you like. In the next lesson, I'm going to be giving you some components in which we can break down the mood board into the elements so we can then use it within our illustration. [MUSIC] 6. Component Breakdown: In this lesson, I'm going to give you an explanation of the components that we're going to use in order to break down your inspiration, which you found with the mood board that you created, to give you a better understanding of the different components and how each component can be used and how you can implement it. To your inspiration what you found, I'm going to be using a simple illustration to communicate this. Let's jump into the different elements that can be used in order to break down our illustration. bear in mind, these are just the basics. There's so many more that can be used, but it's just a good way to stop. Once you've got a better understanding of your mood board and the different components of which you selected, you'll get a better understanding of how you can implement it, and then after that, then you can start adding more, and diving deeper into what you found. The five-minute elements we're going to be discussing are the following; fill, stroke, proportion, color, and lighting. These may seem a bit vague at the moment, but let me go in and explain each one, how they look and how you can visually spot them in your mood board. The five elements that we're going to be discussing in this are fill, stroke, proportion, color, and lighting. Now let me go into each one separately to give you a bit more understanding what I mean by these five topics. Firstly, we have fill. I've split it up into solid or textured, so here is an example of a solid fill. As you can see, there's no gaps, everything is nice and clean. We're comparing it to the textured, you can see there's a lot of difference. It's the same illustration. It's the same shape, the same colors, but as you can see, there's a lot more texture when it comes to the fill. Secondly, we have stroke. This is another word for outline. This is the base illustration that we're using. As you can see, there's no outline on this illustration. Then moving across, I've separated it into two separate types. As you can see, both of these have strokes on them or outlines. This one is a much cleaner outline, just a solid with a fixed thickness, and here's an example of again, a stroke, but this time it's got texture on it. This is what I mean by stroke. Thirdly, we have proportion. This is in proportion, the hat, the face, and the body are all in proportion as they would be in real life. Here's an example of outer proportion, where the hair is massive, the face, and the neck are small, and then the body is big. That's what I mean by proportion, whether it's to scale or auto-scale. Fourthly, we have color. As you realize, this is very abstract color, no one's hair is purple, no one skin's yellow. Here's an example of abstract colors in use, and here's an example of real colors with light skin tones, brown hair, and then a blue top. Then finally we have lighting. I split this up into flat shading or flat colors or flight illustrations. Or even no Illustrator, no shading at all like this. We've got flat shading or then we have realistic shading. As you can see, the colors are a lot more blended together, you can see that is a 3D shape. Here's a rough understanding of what I mean by these topics, and what I've also done is I've got some sample illustrations together from other artists of the Internet which help convey this further. Let me just go through it. Again, solid as you can see, clean outlines, solid fill, as opposed to a lot more texture, a lot of rough edges, stuff like that. Now we have no stroke illustration, there's no outlines, nothing like that. To compare that to a stroke, as you can see here, the illustration is all outlined, even the section the inside, everything has an outline. That's what I mean by stroke. Thirdly, we have proportion. This seems fairly proportion, the leg length, the upper body, the arms, everything, and then compare this to a drastic tiny head, huge arms, big upper body, huge legs, massive feet, very out of proportion. Fourthly, we have the abstract colors. Here we got purple, yellow skin tones compared to realistic skin tones as you like, the different skin tone variations. Then finally, we have the shading. This is very flat as you can see, flat if any, blending together, no gradients. Compare that to say something like this, which is very realistic, a lot of lighting is taken into consideration. I just wanted to show you this as different ways it can be broken down. This is crucial for the next stage where we are going to be using this analogy to break down your mood board even for example, say an illustration like this has got a mixture of the components we're talking about. It's got the real colors. But then it's got the flat shading, it's got no outline, it's out of proportion. This one, for example, the fill is solid, the stroke, there's no stroke. Proportion is completely out of proportion. The colors, fairly real, and the lighting is completely flat. You can do this for every illustration you have. This one, for example, so the fill, solid, stroke, there's no stroke. Proportion, I'll say this out of proportion, but not too far from in proportion. The colors, I'll say they're fairly real, and then lighting again, flopped. You can do the same for this, but this is what we're going to move on into our mood board. Do you spend some time, re-watch that section again just to get a better understanding, and you can mix and match. You could have a textured fill, you could have in proportion, you could have real colors, and you could have real shading. But say the shading here, for example. This shading is very real, is very blended, but you can use this shading or texture, so it's clearly up to you, it's completely open. But I want you to get an understanding of this as we'll be applying this to our mood board and I'll be showing you how I'm applying it to mine. Pro-tip, when looking for inspiration is good to keep these five different components in mind as when you're looking for the inspiration, you maybe want to look for a certain color palette or a certain texture. Knowing what these look like will allow you to implement them within your style. As a quick recap, in this lesson, we covered five components which we are going to be using in order to break down your inspiration includes fill, stroke, proportion, color, and lighting. In the next lesson, we're going to be taking what we've just learned with the five components, and we're going to be applying it to the inspiration that you found in your mood board. 7. Moodboard Breakdown: In this lesson, we are going to be applying what we've learned in previous lesson with the components and then using them to break down the mood board which you've created, which will give you a better understanding of what you've chosen and how you can start applying it and then establishing your style. Now that you have a better understanding of the five elements which are used in the previous lesson, let's apply the same thinking to your mood board. Here's my mood board. What I'm going to do is from the five elements we discussed in a previous lesson, we'll write them down and how my mood board fits each element. What I've done here is I've got Procreate here and I've listed the five elements I'll be talking about. Fill, stroke, proportion, color, and lighting. I've gotten here listed and what we're going to be doing is we are going to be filling this out based on the mood board that we have. You can fill it out through drawing, can fill it out through words, or you can even fill it out by dragging pictures that you like and then putting them in that category. There's multiple ways that you can do it whichever way that helps you communicate or for you to understand the concept that we're talking about. You feel free to do so. I'm going to swap this off to the side. I'm going to show you my mood board what I've put together. I'm going to talk you through why I've chosen these and then we're going to go over to my list and I'm going to go fill that in. I'm going to start off here. I can swipe through so I can start at the top. In this one, I really like the colors and the contrast between the two, but I also like the way the character is, the proportion, as you can see, is where a proportion, the length of the arms, the legs, the way our proportions. That's one main thing that stuck out to me. Here, the colors popping. Secondly, the way that the shading has been done so it's still flat, but within each flat section, there is a gradient of some sort. Again, this is mixing two styles together, the flat illustration plus the realism of the shading. Here this is a completely file illustration with realistic colors. But again, the main thing that stuck out to me here was the out proportion. As you see here, the size of the hands compared to the head, the hand is way bigger compared to the head, which is definitely out of proportion. This one here, I really like the texture within this. It is something I do like and it's not technically used for shading, is used to fill here. But the textured feel really stood out to me so I was gravitating towards that. This one is the simplicity of it. I really like the free-flowing shapes. I'm going back to the sketches that we did initially, this one did resonate with the way that I draw with the free-flowing, playful shapes. Here again, main thing was proportion. As you can see, there is some pattern going on here with me and the proportion. I do you want me to do the same? Do look at the five categories that we have. See which one it takes. I have to go through all in this one. The fill on this one is fairly solid. The proportions where our proportion, the stroke, there's no stroke on the outside, but there is some detailed stroke on the inside which I like. Colors-wise, it's fairly real with a skin tones and then the clothes that the characters are wearing. Then finally the lighting it is completely flat. There is no shading on this one. Again, on this one, the main thing I liked was the textured outline mixed with the abstract colors. It was really nice. This one here I didn't like the way the shading was. It's real with a bit of highlights and the shadows. But then also it's still quite textured as well. Mixing the real with the textured did really work on this illustration, which is why I like this one. This one is completely different, is a 3D model. But again, the main thing was the proportions, the size of the arms compared to the legs. It was something that stood out to me. This one outside the color is the yellows and the greens. It did really work well for me again, the greens, the tones on this one, and the simplicity of the shapes with a tree just big mounts. Nothing too detailed about adding a little bit of detail with the little lines here and there. This one for me, the orange and the green really worked well together. I realized that color combinations, I do feel like I will be using that. Again, similar hair, this for me, the colors, the orange, the greens, the whites really stood out. Portions again on this one and the abstract colors are the bright yellow skin, the pink, sore skin here. It is something I'm gravitating towards. I do want you to apply this same thinking, really break down as to each one, why you chose it, and why is added to your mood board. These were just really simple. I like the clean shapes. The simplicity of this one. Same for this and this one it was the texture highlights, the texture, and the shading, the fingers on the hair. They do feel it's something I do want to implement. What I'm going to do, I'm going to swipe them from the side. I'm going to start filling in this. Film-wise or do feel like textured for me. Textured is something that did come across in all of them. Stroke-wise, there wasn't many strokes, I'm going to go no stroke. Proportions. That was easy to proportion. Our proportion and then we've got color. A lot of the ones that were abstract. I'm going to stick with abstract and lighting. There was mixture. I did quite like the flat illustrations. I say that's a flat illustration. But I think for me the one that really stood out was this one. It is fairly realistic. But I'd say it's somewhere in the middle between flat and realistic. I'm going to go real but textured. I really want you to spend some time, go through the mood board which you put together and break it down. Now, you're going to make your list. You can do it by putting this over here. You can write it like I have. What I'm going to do, I'm going to go a step further and I'm going to add little bits of the side. I'm going to add some texture on the side just to show that I did really like the textured look. Stroke, it's not something to be done. Proportion, again, that's more within the sketch colors. What I've done now I've got my mood board here, and there is a few colors within that I liked. This is something that I've done prior, so what I'm going to do is I'm going to show you which ones and then add them too. I've already created a color palette here. The color I'll be using will be the yellows. As you can see, the yellow. Also remember I said that I like the yellow and green combination, so there is a green there too. But I did really like these green and orange so I'm going to add an orange in there too. Now for the dark looks, I'll need something for the shadows. Going through this, one color that i did like was a purple. We'll be adding a purple too. These are the colors and again, I want you to do the same. I'm going to go through your mood board, see which colors are coming up, which ones are common, which cause you like the color palette of, and then create a swatch, create a color palette for yourself. I'll create one here in Procreate then with the gas to the real and textured. This is one that I was really inspired by. If I break this down, I'm going to draw a ball. Just to demonstrate this. As you can see, I'm doing a realistic solar shade with the gradient, but whilst using a textured brush. This is something that can be done. As you can see, is real-ish. But with the textured look taking inspiration from this. As you can see it is using the texture strokes here and the texture strokes here but still making it look like a gradient going from light to dark. That's what I've done here with our little study just by doing so. But don't feel like that's the only way it can be. Whichever illustration you've saved to your mood board you can try and recreate that. Just break it down into how it's been done. I'm going to do this one. This is not some time going to be using but let me show you. As you can see, here's our base color. It has got a base color of the yellow. But then they've added this light yellow texture on top to give that effect. Now, I want you to all go through, really spend some time making your list with your color palette. The way certain things, if you do want to try out, really do, spend some time testing the lighting, recreate elements from here bearing these in mind. Whereas the fill was it flat like this, is a texture like this so you can see a lot of texture going on here. Break it down. There's a stroke, there is no stroke proportion-wise, color-wise. These are all things that are put together to build up your illustration. Really spend some time, go through this, in the next lesson wherever you put together, we're going to be applying this on the sketches which you did in your imagination task together. These five elements that we've been discussing above, these are just the basics. There's so many more that you can categorize your illustration or the inspiration which you found into. Just a few could be, maybe, it says q or scary. It could be the concept of the story behind the illustration, which you categorize as your style. There's so many more, but I think these five are a good place to start. Pro-tip, if you do feel that there's more categories and the five that we discussed, do add them to your list and fill out a description too from the mood board. It is good to put some constraint on your style moving forward as it will allow you to be consistent and produce work that will be recognized as yours. However, over time your style is going to evolve so don't put too much pressure on it. From the inspiration, the mood board which you've created, I want to go through and fill out the five elements which we mentioned, the fill, stroke, proportion, color, and lighting. Go through fill amount with a description of how your mood board fits these five categories. Or if you did add any extra, fill those in too. It's important that you spend some time and completely start properly, as this will be the backbone of your illustration when we come to create and get in the final project. In the next lesson, I'm going to run through the ways in which you can continue this, establishing your style from the things that you found before we apply it to the project. Whenever there I'm excited to see what you've created. I'll see you in the next lesson. 8. Establishing your style: In this lesson, I'm going to be going through some of the ways in which you can continue establishing your style beyond this class. Now that you've got a better understanding of the elements which could potentially make up your style, let me run through some of the ways that you can continue this, establishing it, ways in which you can practice it, daily routines, and other elements in which you can use in order to help you establish your style, which will help you along the way in order for your audience to recognize your style. Practice. This is key when you're wanting to build something new and especially when you're establishing your style. You need to constantly be practicing by drawing, creating things, and really getting to grips with your style. Practicing anything over time will make the task at hand a lot more easier. In this case, we talk about our style. You will get more familiar into grips with your style when creating new pieces. A great way to practice when I started off was just to illustrate or draw objects or things around you, whether it's in your house, your car, in the classroom, anywhere that you see. Anything around you, you can just practice and draw it, really observe it, and try drawing it. If they've already drawn many objects around you, a great way to continue doing this is to use a random word generator. This is something I did. I posted a bunch of videos on my Instagram, where it just generates a random word and then you get to create an illustration around this. It really gets you thinking that some of the words require abstract. However, it's really beneficial to create this daily practice of drawing, whether that's in the morning, in the evening, or whether you come straight back from school or work. Creating a space or a time within your day in order to practice this will definitely become beneficial as the more you do it, the easier and the more established your style will get. A good way to do this and for this habit to becoming grained is to constantly have materials, or notebooks, or your iPad around. There's literally something you can pick up, grab, and start drawing or sketching. What I like to do is keep my notebook and my pencil at hand. Always on my desk or next to my bedside table so I can pick it up, grab it, start drawing. It's such a handy tool and over the years, it's coming handy or if I want to draw down a quick idea or a quick concept. Secondly, we've got tastes with the styles, and it's okay to taste with the styles, but let me explain what I mean by this. All my journey over the 10 years, I have been creating art digitally and physically, or the traditional way. Over that time, I've tasted so many different styles. But by doing this, it's allowed me to establish the things that I really like, and not used so much the things that I don't like. It's all part of the process though of finding your style. You have to taste, you have to experience, you have to open yourself to all these different types of work out there in order for you to understand the things that you enjoy or the way that you like communicating. As inherently, Ukraine illustrations is a way of you speaking or you expressing yourself creatively. A few ways in which you can taste different styles is intentionally or passively. Intentionally, I mean by you may search on Pinterest or any other platforms that we discussed, and look for something slightly different to try recreate it and then slowly incorporate a few of those elements into your work. Or it could be passively. Say the music you listen to or the surroundings that you're in. You may be inspired or the things that you see may want to drift into your work. You may not realize, but sometimes that's the best way in which your style establishes by environment or your surroundings. Another great way to practice is to pick one illustration or one object, or one subject and try draw that in different styles just to see if you understand how to apply different elements, different strokes, different fills, or textures. Thirdly, we got consistency. This is the best way in order to establish your style. You have to be consistent in a few elements, where that say the color palette, the way in which you illustrate your work, whether you have certain mouse strokes or the color of your stroke. There has to be some constraint within all this exploration which will define you and your style, which people would recognize. Being consistent with these over time, producing different work, different types of illustrations, your style will become established. You'll have your own style and people will start recognizing your work. Now that I've covered ways in which you can establish as beyond this class, let's go on to the final project where we are going to be applying all the inspiration, the mood board, and all the elements which are broken down into your first illustrator using your startup. 9. Final Project: This is where the real fun begins. We've covered a lot in this class. Well, this is the time where we get to apply all the things that we've learned and explored. For the project, the theme I've chosen is adventure. The reason for this, as I feel like it gives you enough space to think, also apply all the components, the elements which you found within your inspiration, which inherently will allow you to get in touch with your style and your creative process. In this lesson, I'm going to be running through my creative process on how I create illustrations. As we're all starting with the same theme or adventure, I'm going to show you how I start by sketching, then I go through into color blocking, and then adding details like texture and lighting. I'll be sharing my story of how it's changed over the years, and you may take certain parts out of this too and apply into your style. However, before we get started, don't worry if you're struggling with the sketching part. I've included some skeletons down below in the project panel, which you can use. You can import those into Procreate, or you can print them out, and then you can use those as your base for your sketch. Let's get to it. Here we are. We're in the final part. Like we did in the imagination task, we're going to be drawing some rough concepts from the theme of adventure. Just the first thing that comes to mind. Bear in mind all the things that you've saved to your mood board, the way that things are, if it's in our proportion, put that into your sketch, that will help you as we go to illustrate. I'm going to do what I did prior. Put a little grid down the title adventure, and then just let more mind flow. Here we have the grid. I'm going to go in and start filling this in. When I think of adventure, we think of long walks. We could have climbing mountains, rock-climbing, jungles, camping, mixing those together, so say walking in the jungle, mountain biking, hot air balloons. Feel free to, wherever you envision or you think of when you think of adventure, it could be the adventure of learning a new subject. It could be the adventure of something else. So you keep it personal to you as long as it means something to you. I'm going to go in now and just start sketching. [MUSIC] These are illustrations or the sketches that I've produced with this. Again, going along the idea of adventure, so here we've got the hot air balloon, Here, we've got someone pouncing around, like going on an adventure, maybe through a jungle or some foliage. As going back to the initial stage, I did sketch a lot of foliage and stuff. I feel this is part of my drawing style, so I thought I'd include this into this sketch. Then here's another example of, again, keeping the characters out of proportion as this is something I was in my mood board. But then along with the playful three lines, here and here. Here's the ones that I created. Now what we're going to do, is we're going to take this sketch, take the one that you're going to go with, and we're going to go further refine this. Just so we have a better understanding before we start adding color into the illustration. What we're going to do here, is I'm going to drag , click on "Gallery", click on "New screen size", and then just let go of the pencil, and then it should put the layer here. Now what we're going to do, is we're going to click and drag. I'm going to make this much bigger so it fills the screen up. Now what we're going to do is reduce the opacity. Now we're going to go in and refine the sketch a little bit. The reason for this, is just so the type of things that we wanted to do, where the shading is going to come from. It all gets solved now before we even start adding color to the illustration. As you can see, I've reduced the opacity. I'm just going to go in and sketch over the sketch that's there, but just a little bit more detail. [MUSIC] Now that I've got base catch, what I'm going to do now, is go in and add some rough shading before I add the color, just to know where I want the light to come from. For this, I'm going to add a new layer, and then I'm just going to go ahead and start shading on top of this. [MUSIC] Now that we've got this, what I like to do next after adding shading doing the refined sketch, is I like to color black. This is where I just like to see which colors work well together. The next step I like to do, once this sketch is done and the shading has been applied, I like to go in and reduce the opacity of this sketch now and start building out the shapes with the colors. [MUSIC] For this, I'll be using the monoline brush that can be found within calligraphy, just here. I've created my own modified version. Feel free to use the one that comes within Procreate. Bear in mind I will be creating each different color on a separate layer. So when I do come to our shading within Procreate, it's a lot more easier. I'm just going to change in the background. What I'm going to do now, is for every single color can be drawn on a separate layer using the monoline brush, just trace over the sketch that you've already created. [MUSIC] Now that we've filled out the illustration watercolors, what I'm going to do now, is this is where I'm going to add my shading. As discussed previously, I quite like the texture looks. I'm going to go in and add textured shading to my piece. I'm going to uncheck the sketch layer, so it's just the colors that we put down. With two fingers, I'm going to swipe right on all the pieces. This is how it creates a alpha lock. That way I can draw within the shape without going out to add my shading. This is the quickest way to do it. This is one way where you can use clipping masks, but that requires a lot more layers. For this, I'm going to be using a alpha lock for all of them and then adding shading to each one. [MUSIC] We've all created our project. I'm super excited to see what you've created. I'll see you in the next lesson, where I'll give you a quick roundup of what we've covered, and how you can upload your projects so I can see it and give you feedback too. [MUSIC] 10. Conclusion: Congratulations on completing this class and getting to the end of finding your illustration style. I know we've covered a lot of concepts within this class, some of which you're about to implement now, and some of which may take a few weeks after you spend some time establishing this. But do feel free to hop back to any of the lessons which you feel you may want to recap or retake or redo just in order to help you establish this. As a quick recap of this full class, we started off by going through some of the reasons why having your style is so important, such as recognition, consistency, and evolution of your style, also the chance of growing an audience and inspiring others. Then we moved on to a quick drawing exercise which allowed the creative juices to get flowing. As we talked about using our weakness or flaws and embracing them and adding them to our style and making a unique and personal to you, bringing that within your style, which will make it yours. We created a moodboard from all the inspiration that you found. We broke it down into components such as fill, stroke, lighting, and color, then we moved on to a class project where you applied all the findings into your work. If there's one key takeaway I'd hope you take from this class is the understanding of how you can break down work with the elements, whether that's the fill, color, the stroke, texture, or even maybe their characteristics whether it's cute or scary. Having the ability to do this is so important as it allow you to continue your style, but then in the future, say if you are inspired or you do want to implement say an elements from different artists' work into your own, you'll have the ability to do so. This is so important as it allows you to stay consistent while still adding different elements here and hair. After completing the project, don't forget to upload it down below to the project panel where I can see what you've created. It'd be good if you can upload your project, so the final illustration, along with your moodboard, or maybe a link to your moodboard along with the list that we filled in where we talked about the fill, the stroke, and the color. It'll be good to see how you started and seeing those elements come through implemented within your illustration. If there is any feedback I can give, I'll let you know. Also if you do have any other questions, do add it with the project panel below so I can answer them for you, which will help you in your future. Also, if you do like to stay in touch with my illustration journey, do head over to Instagram and give me a follow design_with_smit where you can see my illustrations, my process, and see how I'm getting on too. Also, don't forget to tag me if you do post your work on Instagram as well as the project panel so I can comment and share [inaudible]. I hope this is the start of an amazing illustration journey for you and I can't wait to come across your work in the future over social media and seeing you inspire others around the world too. I hope you stay creative, be inspired and keep inspiring the people around you with your unique style. That's all for this class, I'll see you soon. Bye.