Adobe Illustrator for Mobile Game Art - A Beginners Guide
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Adobe Illustrator for Mobile Game Art - A Beginners Guide

Create mobile game art in Adobe illustrator just by using basic concepts, essential tools and proven workflows.
4.4 (331 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
4,105 students enrolled
Last updated 5/2016
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 min on-demand audio
  • 14 articles
  • 3 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn how to make mobile game art with Adobe Illustrator
  • Learn the fundamentals of mobile game art creation. From concepts and theories to real world applications
  • Learn how to use the right tools necessary for game art creation
  • Learn the best practices and workflows when making game art and speed up your workflow 10x
  • Have the proper mindset when creating game art, be a lot more creative and look at things from a professional artists eyes.
  • Create mobile game art with with no in-depth knowledge of Art concepts
  • Appreciate Game Art creation and choose to either make it a fun hobby or one of the best jobs in the world!
  • Use this real world knowledge for your App Flipping Business (graphics only)
  • No Prior knowledge of Adobe Illustrator or any art concept needed!
  • Adobe Illustrator CS4 and up! or other vector program which has similar tools that I will discuss
  • Your dedicated time and 100% attention. You will be thought with the basics and pro tips at the same time.
  • Know at least basic commands in Illustrator or already knows how to navigate. If you are completely new to the software. Even Better!
  • An open, inquiring mind-its best if you have illustrator open at the same time so you can follow along. Experience is your best Teacher
  • Keep in mind that there are no shortcuts, only faster ways of doing things!

UPDATE [3/1/2015]:





"I really enjoyed going through this course. Rafael doesnt just teach you how to use some important tools in Adobe Illustrator, but he also teaches you the right techniques to use these tools to create good looking graphics in an easy way..."

-Eli Solowej, Make Mobile Game Art Student

Making mobile game art is never hard. All you need is the right mentor who can cut through the clutter and show you the core concepts, essential tools and proven workflows you only need to learn in order for you to become a mobile games artist.

Have you ever wanted to create mobile game art?

Make vector game art for video games?

But you struggle or get overwhelmed because you think there's so much you need to learn?

Questions and doubts arise.

-What are the concepts you need to learn?

-What tools to use?

-What workflows actually work?

-Do I even have to know how to draw?

-You have an idea but you just can't seem to create it the way you want it? And mobile game art creation is a bit overwhelming to you?

It doesn't have to be this way. Learning illustrator and creating professional mobile game art is EASY!

There's just to much clutter being taught everywhere and it handicaps you to actually learn and create the artwork you want. If you want to make mobile game art, improve your workflows and implement best practices to your game art creation process, this course is for you.

No shortcuts, just pure real world workflows! You can actually have the result you want in the fastest time possible and still create professional mobile game art. I have designed the course to let you have first-hand experience and be more confident in using illustrator upfront and get up and running in the quickest time possible and start making your own mobile game art.

Just practical, proven workflows to a professional mobile game art, fast and top-quality art.


Give yourself a fresh new perspective in using Adobe Illustrator and making mobile game art in this beginners course now.

Save yourself from the headaches, clutter and overwhelming number of illustrator tools by only learning the core concepts, essential tools, workflows and best practices.

Take action because the one that get's the first hand experience in anything are the one's that learn best.

All future lectures to this mastery course are free - if you bought the course at the initial price of 99$ - you don't have to pay anything to get the new lectures.

And of course, there's a 30 day no fluff no questions full money back guarantee!

This course is mainly Adobe Illustrator for Mobile Game Art, but you can still follow along and use other similar software that has similar tools.

About this course:

  • Full, free lifetime access
  • The course would be regularly updated and more lectures will be added.
  • The awesome Udemy 30 day money-back-guarantee.
  • Regular free resources to fast start your mobile game creation journey.
  • Challenging tasks that let you validate everything you will learn in this course.
  • Full support from the instructor
Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to create their own Game Art
  • Anyone who wants to be skilled in illustrator
  • Anyone who wants to publish their own mobile game but cannot hire a premium artist
  • Any app reskinner or app flipper that wants to make the artwork themselves
  • People wanting to make illustration as a hobby or as a profession
  • Anyone who wants to learn more and better ways in creating Vector Art.
  • Anyone who wants to awaken and discover their own artistic side and express their thoughts visually!
Course content
Expand all 40 lectures 02:17:42
+ Getting started
5 lectures 06:26

Welcome to the course!

And Congratulations on taking action and enrolling in my class.
You are sure to get its full benefits as I will lay down real world concepts, workflows and best practices in detail here. For the entirety of the course I will go over the concepts and tool you only need to know and start creating your own game art.
I will teach you from theory to application, from planning to execution and create professional looking mobile game art. You can follow along as I implement the concepts and workflows, and I will provide actionable materials and resources which you can use to practice every skill I will teach.

After this lecture you will be able to:
-Understand what the course is about and what it is not

-Know how we will go over the course and what to expect

Introduction- About the course and how to contact the instructor

In this lecture, you will get to know me and my creations.

Preview 01:21
How to get the best out of this course

In this lecture, I will discuss why you are the best person for my course. And why everyone else should take this course. If you are a complete beginner, this course will walk you through the concepts and workflows. If you already know how to use illustrator, great! But I will still walk you through the course and introduce you to new concepts and workflows.

After this lecture you will be able to:

Understand that this course is for anyone wanting to make their own mobile game art or anyone who want to be more proficient in Adobe Illustrator.

Who is the course for

In this lecture, I will go over what will be your new skills and understanding on making mobile game art. You will be efficient in using illustrator, skip through all the clutter and have full understanding of the only tools you need and that you can implement them right away after or even while you

Preview 01:08
+ Understanding the Core of Illustrator - The Basics you need to learn first
6 lectures 19:51

In this lecture, I will introduce you to core of Adobe illustrator what to expect upon completion of this section.

After this lecture you will be able to:

Understand more about Adobe illustrator, and what are the concepts you need to know and have full understanding first before making your own game art.

The core of Adobe Illustrator

In this lecture, I will explain what makes a vector shape in illustrator. And why understanding this property will make you more efficient in creating mobile game art. And with this knowledge you are on your way to creating your first vector shapes, and eventually your first game art.

After this lecture you will be able to:

Fully understand what are fill and strokes and that shapes created in Illustrator are either a mix of both or created by each of this property.

Fill and Stroke - the building blocks of any artwork within illustrator

In this lecture, I will introduce our main weapon for creating game art. This is an important tool everyone should master, as it will be easier when you make more complex shapes and your own mobile game art.

After this lecture,

You will be able to understand the full potential of the Pen Tool, paths in illustrator and its advantages and disadvantages.

Preview 05:51

In this lecture, you will understand the concepts of layers and the difference of the layer panel with the actual layers of the shapes you create.

After this lecture you will be able to: Know the difference of the layers panel and the actual layers of shapes in illustrator.

Layers – Understand, Create and Manage your layers efficiently

In this lecture, You have learned the basic concepts or BIG ideas you need to know first before going deeper into illustrator and starting your own game art creation. It is VERY important to fully understand this concepts since they will be your core knowledge when we go into more advanced concepts.

After this lecture you will be able to:

Learn the basic and most important concepts in illustrator which you can apply to any kind of game art.

Review of this section

This quiz aims to validate what you have learned so far in the section.

Core Concepts Quiz
4 questions
+ Workflows and Best Practices when creating Game Art
13 lectures 43:33

I will explain the importance of this section and why you need to master this workflows upfront.

The importance of workflows and why learning the software is not enough
Setting up your workspace - Your customized illustrator experience

In this video we will learn how to create and set custom keyboard shortcuts for our workflow.

Ok so to start with the shortcuts I use.

Pre-built shortcuts (already set as default)
  • P - Pen Tool
  • D - set any shape to default white fill and black stroke
  • M -for drawing squares and rectangles
  • L – for drawing circles/ellipses
  • Shift +M - to access shape builder tool.
  • R – to enter rotate mode and rotate my shapes
  • Ctrl + 7 - for masking shapes

  • Ctrl + D - to duplicate any action.

Custom Shortcuts

  • Shift + S - for screen blending mode
  • Shift + D - for multiply blending mode.
  • Ctrl + R for if I want to reflect or flip some shapes.
  • U – for rounded rectangle
  • Keys 1~10 to give set my layer transparency in increments of 10.
  • So in my setup its 1 for 100%, 2 for 20%, 3 for 30 % and so on.
  • Ctrl + 2 to lock any shape.
  • Ctrl + Alt + 2 to unlock any shape
  • Ctrl + 3 to hide any shape from the artboard,
  • Ctrl + Alt + 3 to unhide shapes.
Keyboard shortcuts - The first step to efficient and professional game art
Isolation Mode - Bring more focus on the artwork you are creating
Locking and Hiding - be more efficient in organizing your game artwork
Shape Builder tool: Your Next best tool- Workflows and Tips
Masking - The feature similar to shape builder tool - Only non-destructive
Artbrush - The best tool for detailing your artwork - Practical uses and samples

In this new lecture I will be discussing the smooth too. This tool is really essential if you are doing "quick fix" on your shapes and you don't want to redraw them. I also included a review of the core tool "pen tool" so that we can lessen the instances where we need to fix our shape and save more time in the process.

After this video you will learn how to use and when to use the smooth tool. And a review of the pen tool and the mindset you need inorder to predetermine the placement of your anchor points. This is a response lecture to one student who had created his own game art but struggled a bit on the curves part (which is ok for anyone starting out. Again I am here to help everyone, and feel free to post your questions in the discussion boards. And I will do my best to answer it fast or even make a brand new lecture. Just like this one :)

Smooth Tool - Quick fix for your jagged curves + Pen Tool Review [New Lecture]

In this lecture I will teach you how to export your artwork. And some more tips on how to export artwork for different purposes.

Exporting Mobile Game ready artworks
Preparing your Sketches/lineart inside Illustrator
Review of this section

This section aims to validate your understanding of the proven workflows in creating mobile game art.

Workflows Quiz
10 questions
+ Creating Your First Mobile Game Art Prop - Barbarian Axe
8 lectures 25:25

In this section, we will now create our first mobile game art.

Putting everything together and creating your first game art prop
Importance of reference and why your artwork is only as good as your refernce
Tools to use - Real world application of everything you have learned

In this video we are gonna layout the basic design and proportions of the barbarian axe

Preview 02:07

In this lecture we are gonna start from our blocked out design and shade it for the final look.

Shading the Wooden Handle and Axe Blade

Its all about the details indeed and in this video we are gonna discuss how to do just that.
In this video we will be reapplying our knowledge of creating art brush to make the detail scratches for the Barbarian Axe.

Also please note that some type of game themes do not require much details and its your call to make the game art more cartoony(less detail) or more realistic (more details) and each style will be perfect for the theme that requires it.

Detailing the Barbarian Axe- Adding Scratches and Dirt

In this video we will finalize our game art and add chipped/dents to the blade and handle, overall border and shadow.
This are essential techniques which you need to learn and you can apply them to any of your next game art.

You will learn how to use masking to make worn out effects, use the offset feature in illustrator and add shadows the quick and easy way to your game art/prop

Adding the final touches for our final Game Art
Review of this Section

This quiz validates your knowledge of real world mobile game art creation which you have applied in the previous videos of the game art creation series.

Game Art Creation Series Quiz
5 questions
+ Material Design Study [New Section Added March 1,2015]
4 lectures 39:53

In this lecture, we will be going in-depth on how to create materials that we usually see and can use for your next mobile game art. We will be discussing how to create wooden material.
And after this video you will be able to confidently create any wooden themed interface, weapon or prop.

Material Study - Wood

In this video, I will go in detail how to create rocks material and how to populate your scene just by using one asset for fast start your game art creation process.

You will be more confident in reusing your assets after this video and will see that you can finish them in faster time.

Preview 09:39

In this material design study we will go in detail how to easily create gold coins by just using simple shapes, a bit of shape builder tool blending modes. I'll also show how easy it is to create a variety of color scheme from just one artwork. You just need to keep in mind the tips I will discuss in this lecture.

After the lecture, you will discover more ways to make artwork faster, confidently create different versions from it by just tweaking its color and have a keen eye for detail

Material Study - Gold Coins

In this final leg of material design study, I will go over and explain how to create metal looking materials for your mobile game art. The concepts I will discuss can be implemented on any kind of vector or game art that includes metal materials or other very shiny surfaces.

After this lecture you will be able to create your own metal materials in 2d style. And render metal properly.

Material Study - Metal [New:Added 4/29/2015]
+ Conclusion
1 lecture 01:03
What you have become after this course
+ Challenges
2 lectures 01:14

Now that you have learned how to use adobe illustrator for game art, we will now put everything to that test.
You will now make and submit your first mobile game art. I am confident in your skills especially if you have gone this far. And I know you can now create one your self from scratch! And do not worry, just post any problems you might face in the discussion board, ill be hanging in there like a monkey waiting for your questions. - Rafael

Your final Exam - Your own original game art

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