Bring your sketch to life - learn digital illustration

The illustration workflow from simple pencil sketch to unique digital illustration with Illustrator and Photoshop
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  • Lectures 32
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

This course helps you to understand digital illustration. I am sharing with you my own workflow, everything I do to create original digital illustrations.

Are you good with your hands, but were always afraid to start the digital drawing process? This course is for you! I explain everything and help you find your own comfortable workflow.

We start  with getting the ideas on paper with a single pencil. Sketching is a very important part of the illustration process! Than we take the digitized image to Adobe Illustrator to create the elements of our drawing. And last but not least we will use Adobe Photoshop to really bring the drawing alive, by giving it texture and a unique atmosphere!

I will share all my tips and tricks during the process, but if you missed anything, please feel free to ask, I am here to teach!

Come and join the course and create amazing digital illustrations right now! 

What are the requirements?

  • Students need to have Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop installed on their computer.
  • Stundents need to have sufficient drawing skills with pencil and paper.
  • To take the most out of this course, you need to have a willingness to create awesome digital illustrations out of your paper sketches!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Use Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop on a beginner level!
  • Create atmospheric digital illustrations from a simple sketch!
  • Students will bring their digital drawings alive with lighting, space, texcture and atmosphere!

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for you if you want to take the leap from traditional illustration to digital!
  • This course is for you if you want to learn the tips and tricks of digital illustration in Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • Please do not take this course if you are a digital illustrator already! You might learn a few new tricks, but someone with your skill level might need more.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Sketching with pencil on paper

Sketch your image as a whole.


A sketch is a loose drawing, but sometimes you need to work more on the details. First I draw a cartoon tree.


A more detailed sketch of the main character and her bike.

Section 2: Preparation in Adobe Illustrator

We create a new document, and import everything we need to start our drawing: the sketch and the reference  images.

Define background and positions
Drawing the road

Here I am showing how I make seemingly different elements out of a single object.


I reset my artboard in a way that helps my creative process!

Section 3: Creating the houses and trees in the background
Creating the shape of the house

Creating a texture to our building is  adding detail and helps the atmosphere.

Creating the windows
Adding the roof tiles, stairs and the door

Vector is great because you can freely duplicate and reuse elements with ease! This is how!

The mailbox

Remember the tree we drew in the beginning? It is time to recreate it in Illustrator!

Section 4: Drawing the girl and her bicycle

The background is ready, it is time to build our main character!

Drawing the bycicle
Drawing the handlebars and the crankset
Starting to draw the main character

Legs are important! :) Also we make a nice skin tone here!


Legs are important! ;) We create a nice skin tone here.


As we were drawing on the open art board, not directly on the background, now we have to place the girl in the final position. Aim to find the best place to support the composition! 

Section 5: Create space and prepare the file for Photoshop

The flying leaves will give space and make our image more dynamic!


This is a technical lecture, to help our transition from Illustrator to Photoshop

Section 6: Add lighting and atmosphere in Adobe Photoshop
Fixing the layers, defining depth with blur effect

We use light to add focus to the girl, and add the final happy summer feeling to our illustration!

"Moving" the clouds

The wind is invisible, but the leaves are not! Use them to create the illusion of wind - and make your image more dynamic! 

Adding the texture
Section 7: The Bonus final PSD
The final PSD
Section 8: Closing

Bonus PDF. Find my other works!

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Instructor Biography

Peter Nagy, Illustrator, Digital painter, Motion graphic artist,

Hello! My name is Peter. I'm an illustrator, motion designer and photographer.
I live in Budapest, Hungary.

I work as motion designer at a leading commercial television channel.
I create digital paintings and illustrations in Photoshop and  Illustrator with a Wacom tablet. I love traditional pastel and comic art too.

One of the most important things for me is to create atmospheric scenes with impressionistic lights and a lovely story.

Instructor Biography

I'm a graphic designer, illustrator and design teacher for more than 10 years. I create clever logos and cute illustrations, I like to inspire, share my knowledge and make people think and laugh!
I use Inkscape, an open source graphic design program in most of my design, and I was teaching this to my students too in a college in Budapest.
I am constantly sharing knowledge about design and life as a freelancer. I teach on Udemy since 2014 and work together with some of my friends now, to create better courses together by sharing my online teaching experience
Exploring new ways to create and sharing my knowledge is what I like the most - so don't be afraid to ask, I'm here to teach!.

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