WHAT IS THIS CLASS ABOUT?
This class is about how to observe subjects that appeal to you and how to translate it into your art to increase visual interest, as well as teaching you how to make smart detail/simplification decisions when working on illustrations to find your personal style and signature.
WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR?
This class is for anyone who are uncertain about their artistic direction or for those of you who want to take your art to the next level by practicing the observation, simplification, and stylisation of characters, props, and backgrounds that compose a polished scene. If you are trying to establish an art style that is uniquely and naturally yours, this class is fit for you.
WHAT WILL THE STUDENTS ACHIEVE?
By the end of this class, you will have a greater understanding of observation and stylisation, as well as honing your own unique style and abilities. You will be able to distinguish and solidify your personal artistic voice. You will have the skills necessary to execute your ideas in more interesting and visually appealing ways.
1. Introduction to the course
2. Meet Your Instructor: Choo!
1. What Is Style?
2. The Basics of YOUR Style
3. Dissecting your Inspiration
4. Symbol drawing, shorthand, and drawing from observation
5. Finding your personal focus
Inspiration collection and broadening your visual library
1. Gathering inspiration (from others and your surroundings)
2. Pinpoint your favourite visuals and what your eye is drawn to
3. Exercising your drawing muscles with and without reference
4. Practicing what you've learned from observation and adding to your visual library
Adding personality to objects
1. Storytelling through object design (overview)
2. Simple objects (cubes and cylinders)
3. More complex objects and textures
4. Collecting some objects and composing an interesting still life or object focused illustration
Adding personality to backgrounds
1. Storytelling through background (The keys to a lived-in space)
2. How to compose appealing backgrounds
3. Object placement and keeping things relative
Design characters to match into backgrounds
1. Simple vs complex character design, and when to use which
2. How to make characters feel like they fit in
Develop a Color Palette
1. Colour theory basics, how to apply or ignore them
2. Building mood using colour
Bring it all together
1. Thumbnails and composing a drawing
2. Researching, mood board, and gathering references
3. Put it all together!
Put finishing touches
1. Continuing to build on your style in the future, and growing confidence!
1. Congratulations on Completing the Course!
My name is Choo and I am a comic artist and freelance illustrator. My main focus is environmental storytelling and character design, often influenced by horror movies and 80s-90s aesthetics as well as product illustration.