Create a traditional rose vector in Affinity Designer
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Create a traditional rose vector in Affinity Designer

Learn the basics of Affinity Designer while creating a fully customizable piece of art in a morning
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Created by Jeremy Hazel
Last updated 8/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Confidently deploy the tools in Affinity designer toward a project
  • Be able to troubleshoot other projects through knowing the structure of Affinity
  • Apply workflow that is applicable to any other project in any other program
  • Maximize the design for customization in future project
  • Master a project that can be used in print, web, or other application
  • Take any sketch and transform it into a finished piece of vector art
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  • Affinity Designer loaded on a computer
  • An interest in digital art

Learn affinity designer by actually completing a project 

Affinity designer is quickly eclipsing the more traditional giants in the vector art space, the only issue is MOST OF THE COURSES tell you EVERYTHING about EVERY TOOL. If you are like me you learn most effectively through the application of the tools through an actual project...and when it is immediately applicable!

This course is perfectly suited to the individual that already knows a bit about traditional art mediums, but is looking to make the leap into digital art through the use of Affinity Designer. We will be creating a traditional tattoo inspired rose and banner ...complete with the ever favorite MOM text

This course was designed to be about 1.5 hours in length and be completed including the project i about 4 this is the perfect course for the busy individual that is looking for a simple project to learn the software in the SHORTEST AMOUNT OF TIME

Course overview

Each tool will be covered in the "Tool Bootcamp ". This section will take you through ONLY the tools you will need to complete the need to wade through the tools that are immediately applicable, the tools you learn are the tools you will need...and include:  

  • Layers 
  • Vector vs. Raster 
  • Brushes 
  • Fill Color 
  • Pen Tool 

Then we will be creating the actual traditional rose project, applying the tools in my workflow teaching you a workflow that is not only applicable to the project we are working on....but any project

  • Set-up and Import 
  • Sketching 
  • Layering the work 
  • Coloring 
  • Inking 
  • Shading / Highlighting

What will I have at the end of the course 

  • A workflow that is applicable to every other program and every other project in graphic art 
  • A finished piece of art that you can use in print, web and any other graphic design 
  • A reference of tools that you can refer back to 
  • A piece of art that can be customized by the client without ever having to be redrawn 

What's included 

  • 19 lectures
  • 1 page cheat-sheets of key techniques and my workflow 
  • Step by step files showing everything I am lecturing on in practical application so you can easily follow along 
  • A finished even if you do not finish the have the art 
Who is the target audience?
  • Individuals with some knowledge of art but that are brand new to digital art
  • Someone who learns through actual application of the tool, rather than lecture
  • Beginners to Affinity Designer looking to get basic tool knowledge
  • A student looking to utilize the vector art in multiple mediums
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
2 Lectures 04:13

Basic Introduction to the course following this you will be able to:

  • Who I am and what we put together 
  • Define what the course is 
  • See what we will be creating  
  • Decide if the course is for you 
  • See all  applications you can create with the art in this course 
Preview 02:44

A brief overview of what is in the course highlighting:

  • the selection of individual tools 
  •  an overview of the workflow you will learn 
Preview 01:29
Basics Bootcamp
8 Lectures 35:54

A simple 3 minute video showing the basics of shading  sphere, this forms the basis for more complex shading in the rose project 

Preview 03:34

The basics of layers- Essential in ANY graphics program, following this you will be able to 

Add a new layer 

  • Lock a layer
  • Move layers
  • Adjust opacity of the layers 
  • Adjust the nesting of the layers 
  • Trouble shoot layer selection issues 
Preview 05:54

A brief description of vector vs raster 

  • Be able to explain the difference between the 2
  • Identify the application and the benefits of vector based imaging 
What is Vector vs. Raster

Basics of applying and adjusting strokes and brushes in Affinity Designer 

  • Apply and adjust stroke to achieve artistic technique
  • Create custom profiles for pressure sensitive looks 
  • Use strokes to convey intent and importance of an element in composition 
Strokes and Brushes in Affinity Designer

Basics of color Selection and Adjustment in Affinity Designer

An in depth lecture on how to work with swatches in Affinity from a functional perspective including:

  • How to select swatches 
  • How to create new pallets that travel inside the document 
  • How to add swatches to the new pallet 
Working in Swatches and Pallets

A brief lesson on the various personas available in affinity designer , topic include 

  • When and where to use each persona in the Affinity designer program 
  • What persona has the vector and raster based tools discussed earlier 
  • How to add and adjust the tools shown in the tool bar for customization of your workflow 
Different Personas in Affinity Designer

An in depth look at the most important tool in the artists toolbox..the pen tool, topics and lecture covers

  • A simple method I developed to help you master the tool in a short time "look ahead" method 
  • A simple workflow that will mimic the success and the method syou use when drawing by hand 
  • A working knowledge of different types of nodes used in pen tool art 
  • A fully immersive template for practice of the technique using tattoo inspired tribal imagery to practice curves and points 
Pen tool proficiency
Rose Project
7 Lectures 54:06

Importing and placing your rough line art , covering from pencil to locked layers. Folowing this you will be able to 

  • Import and place the rough artwork
  • Lock the layers
  • Adjust the opacity 
  • Adjust the orientation/ size and position of the under layering artwork
Import and Place

Sketching and refinement of the initial art is covered as well as:

  • How to import and stack the new layers that are created. 
  • Introduction to the workflow is  covered , including the sequence of steps for future projects 
Sketch and Adjust

After importing and adjusting this lecture covers the process of blocking in the basic shapes prior to shading , in here you will learn 

  • How to block out a basic project 
  • How to adjust the shapes 
  • How to layer for maximum adjustment 
Layering Shapes

Basic shading of the design is covered, this is an expansion on the basic process covered earleir in the boot camp section. Following this you will have 

  • A shaded design that is ready for inking 
  • A method for shading any other vector style art through just a few mouse clicks 
  • A layering understanding tht will allow for perpetual adjustment 
  • An understanding of the "multiply" and " paste inside" function
Shading the design

Inking of the design is covered in this lecture. Following this , as a student you will be able to 

  • Set custom profiles for any piece of art 
  • Master  the process presented with the pen tool in an actual application 
  • Utilize the pen tool and the brush strokes to express artistic vision in the rose piece 
Inking the design

This lecture covers the same process that we used for shading, only with a focus on highlighting the piece as we approach the end of the course. At the end of this lecture you will be able to 

  • Highlight a piece using the same technique you used for shading, deepening your understanding of the technique
  • Identify where and how to adjust highlights for additional effect 

This lecture covers the basics of the artistic text tool in Affinity Designer for embellishment and finishing of your piece, also the last step of exporting will be covered.  In this lecture you will learn how to 

  • Use text to augment your designs 
  • Use the "draw behind" command that will allow you to add a stroke without sacrificing detail 
  • Maximize your text for modification 
  • Export into a .jpeg or .png image 
Adding text and exporting your work
Bonus Materials and a big thank you
2 Lectures 05:15

This bonus lecture is for anyone that wants to be able to customize their project for future client use. Through utilizing the above workflow we have a method that can lead to endless possibilities when applied properly. This lecture will cover 

  • How to dissect the layer and change the color of the base, the highlight and the lining 
  • How to adjust these values for hue saturation and lightness 
  • How to turn off and on elements of the design so that you can use it in multiple areas 
Customizing the design for clients

Just a parting video reflecting on what we set out to do and asking for feedback on the course format and what we can do better.

My email contact is provided to send the drafts of projects in for review and assistance if required 

Thank you, posting your results and my contact information
About the Instructor
Jeremy Hazel
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Career creative including tattooing digital and fine art

With over 20 years tattooing , and almost 40 of being a creative I have been into art since I got something I can draw with in my hand. Starting out in more traditional mediums I cut my teeth in pencil, charcoal, and acrylic painting until discovering tattooing. This began a love affair with art and lead me to open 7th seasons studios. Nothing inspires a higher level of perfection than knowing the client will walk around with my art for the rest of their lives. 

After completing a masters in business and having to manage the marketing of a successful shop I quickly realized that the future of art is digital and I began making my own show banners and managing my own website. This sealed the deal and digital art has replaced the traditional pen an ink for me. 

Furthermore the industry has changed to such a degree that more and more clients and artists are demanding digital skills i the design and application of art, and so I saw a significantly under served market in people with existing talent, but lacking digital 

As a career teacher the most rewarding portion of what i do is seeing someone learn what they previously thought what out of reach and gain a confidence through the learning process....I identify with that because i m a firm believer in the beginner mindset and the idea of a life long learner. To me, art is as essential as breathing and I cannot even narrow down all the ways I express myself through various mediums, that is one of the best competitive advantages I feel we have at 7th season.....we are constantly curious. 

I believe every person has within them a desire to create something out of life....and many times they lack the skills to realize this. 7th season studios is about taking this need and in reality changing "I wish" "I am glad I did". Teaching allows us to do that, sometimes it is teaching engineering, sometimes writing, and sometimes digital art and film production 

We primarily work with small businesses and solo entrepreneurs with no staff and no budget showing them how to make the most of their valuable time to deliver their vision for their business to the clients they serve...this is why our training catalog has such a wide variety of offerings in terms of platforms and skills......because these are the skills we wish we had when we started 7th season. 

Feel free to email me with questions or comments...or even if you get stuck