Editorial Illustration Tutorial: From Drawing to Photoshop
What you'll learn
- Understand what editorial illustration is
- Learn about the history of editorial illustration
- Know the different types and specs of editorial illustration
- Get inspired by examples from illustrator trail blazers
- Navigate the process of creating an editorial illustration
- Find your artistic style
- Analyze a written article for illustrating
- Collect visual references
- Follow a design brief
- Overcome the blank page
- Start sketching
- Implement drawing tips and techniques
- Know what to send to an art director
- Incorporate feedback into your revisions
- Finalize your drawing
- Work with line
- Create value and color studies
- Learn color theory and how to work with color digitally
- Harmonize a color palette
- Try out new digital painting techniques in Photoshop
- Paint textures to import into Photoshop
- Hand-draw typography to import into Photoshop
- Finalize your illustration
- Paper or sketchbook
- Pencils, pens
- Gouache, acrylic, or watercolor paints (optional)
- Light box (or window)
- Scanner (or camera, if unavailable)
- Adobe Photoshop (free trial available online!)
Editorial illustration is artwork created in response to written text, usually an article in a magazine, newspaper, or blog. In this course, we will focus on how to analyze a text, develop a unique idea, and communicate that concept visually as a partner to the article. Editorial illustration is an exciting field because it allows the illustrator to inject their own opinions and unique voice into the work. We'll focus on how to inject your own personality into your expressive illustration while still communicating your concept and illuminating the written word.
Transform Words into Illustrations
- History + Inspiration: Learn about the history of editorial illustration and current trailblazers
- Researching + Thinking: Learn about artistic style and visual references
- Sketching: Learn how to overcome blank-page-phobia and start sketching
- Drawing: Learn techniques for strengthening and finishing your drawing
- Line, Value, and Color: Learn about color theory and linework tips
- Digital Process: Learn about coloring an illustration in Photoshop
- Textures + Hand-Drawn Type: Learn to create your own textures and drawn type
Course Concepts and Overview
To show you all this, I'm going to take you through my step by step process of creating an editorial illustration. You'll see my process from the original text article to researching, sketching, drawing, revisions, digital production, all the way to final illustration. I'll also show you many of my own personal Photoshop techniques for creating illustrations with bold colors and tantalizing textures. In addition, I will walk you through some illustration fundamentals that are often misunderstood including line, tone, value, and color, to help make your drawing as strong as possible.
By the end of this course, you will have the skills to transform a boring text-only article into a professional editorial illustration that communicates your unique voice while illuminating the written word.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone who likes to draw!
Christine started Might Could in 2012 and has since taught over 95,000 students in her various online courses, created her flagship course, Sketchbook to Style, and founded the online artist community, Might Could Studiomates. She helps guide the overall vision and design of Studiomates, while also facilitating Sketchbook to Style.
When not working on Might Could, she creates books, currently a 4-book graphic novel series with Scholastic.