Vector Drawing on the iPad with Affinity Designer
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Vector Drawing on the iPad with Affinity Designer

Master vector illustration in Affinity Designer on the iPad.
4.7 (1,221 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.
5,223 students enrolled
Created by Brad Colbow
Last updated 10/2019
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This course includes
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 21 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Students will learn all the tools necessary to take their sketches and turn them into finished, professional looking vector artwork.
  • You will need an iPad
  • You will need Affinity Designer for the iPad

Creating art is fun and your online courses should be too.

In this light hearted course I teach my zombie friend how to break down a complex poster design into small easy to create chunks just like the pros do. We learn all the tools you need one at a time by actually creating art with them and adding them to our poster.

By the end of this course you will be able to turn your sketches into professional high quality vector illustrations that will blow away your friends and family.

About Affinity Designer

Affinity designer is a fairly new program but is gaining traction fast due to it’s deep feature set and its place as an inexpensive Adobe Illustrator replacement. It's also the most complete vector application available on the iPad.

Who this course is for:
  • Beginners who want to learn how to make digital art
  • Adobe Illustrator users who want to create vector art on the iPad
Course content
Expand all 28 lectures 04:26:46
+ Introduction
3 lectures 19:47

In this section we cover what you can expect from this course and how it is laid out. We will also cover what is included and what you need.

Preview 02:50

This is a brief tour of the interface. The goal is to cover the high points before we dig in so you understand where the tools, settings, and options are.

Interface Tour

This is where Affinity Designer shines on the iPad. The hand gestures is what makes it so fast and powerful.

Preview 05:11
+ The Core Tools
9 lectures 01:10:54

Now we’re getting to the good stuff. In this section we’re going to start drawing and learning about the shape tool and how it’s used in illustration.

Preview 10:06

Now that we understand the shape tool a little more we’re going to start modifying the shapes we make.

Drawing with Shapes

Now that we understand the shape tools a litter better it's time to put that new knowledge to the test.

Drawing with Shapes 2

The text tools in Affinity Designer are pretty good. In this session we will be using the text tool to add some text to the letter we drew in the last section.

The Text Tool

Now that we understand the text tool it's time to try putting text on a curve.

Type on a path

The snapping options in Affinity Designer are really granular. In this section we’re going to be adjusting the snapping settings and using them in conjunction with the grid to help us draw.

Snapping and Grids

Time to take what we've learned about snapping and put it to use and draw a mailbox.

Drawing a Mailbox

The gradient tool in Affinity Designer is really easy to use and just plain fun to fiddle with. We will be using it in our illustration here.

The Fill Tool and Gradients

There is a lot the we can do with the color pallet beyond just picking a color.

Colors and the Color Pallet
+ Project: Creating A Haunted House
5 lectures 57:33

It’s project time. The first step of any project is the research. In this section I walk you through my research and sketching phase of the project.

Inspiration and Sketching

In this part of the project we block out the basic shape of the house we will be creating getting the largest sections in place first.

Laying Down the Basic Shapes

Now that we have laid the base it’s time to start adding details and making this look more like a house.

Adding The Details

There is still more detail we can add. In this section we will be adding shadows and transparency to add some depth to our house.

Adding Shadows And Transparency

Now that we have a nice house it’s time to age it and make it a haunted house. That means making some broken windows and making those shutters look older.

Making it a Haunted House
+ Advance Tools
4 lectures 31:44

Before we get to our next project we need to go over how layers work and understand the concepts of masking.

Layers and Masking

Affinity designer is also a freehand drawing tool. In this section we cover some of the brush tools and what we can do with them.

Drawing Tools
The Pen Tool

If you've never used the pen tool before it's important to get a feel for it and the more practice you get the better.

Pen Tool Practice
+ Final Project
7 lectures 01:26:48

Now we’re starting a new project. In this section we review tracing and drawing with the pen tool to draw zombie’s head.

Starting The Poster
Finishing Zombi's Head

We go on to finish the foreground elements in this section. And by foreground elements I mean the zombie’s body.

Finishing the Foreground

This poster needs a logo. In this section we take what we’ve learned about the type tool and about layers and we use it to create a logo.

Designing A Logo

This is a pretty big background. Let's take it in chunks. We start in one one side and start detailing things out.

The Background Part 1

We bring in our haunted house and add more and more detail to the background.

The Background Part 2

In this section we will be putting the finishing touches on the poster and putting all the parts together.

Finishing Touches