Create atmospheric digital art from your pencil sketch
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Create atmospheric digital art from your pencil sketch

The illustration workflow from simple pencil sketch to unique digital illustration with Illustrator and Photoshop
4.6 (88 ratings)
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Last updated 4/2017
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
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  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

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What Will I Learn?
  • 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!
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  • 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!

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 vector 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! 

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.
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Curriculum For This Course
36 Lectures
Sketching with pencil on paper
4 Lectures 11:08

Sketch your image as a whole.

Preview 04:30

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

Sketch some details

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

Sketch the main character
Preparation in Adobe Illustrator
5 Lectures 20:30

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

Import your sketch into Illustrator

Define background and positions

Drawing the road

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

Creating grass in Illustrator

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

Preparing to draw the background objects
Creating the houses and trees in the background
7 Lectures 01:06:34
Creating the shape of the house

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

Adding planks and chimney texture

Adding the roof tiles, stairs and the door

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

Creating another house - the easy way!

The mailbox

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

Adding the trees and clouds to the background
Drawing the girl and her bicycle
7 Lectures 54:43

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

Prepare to create the girl and her bicycle

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!

Drawing the legs

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

Finishing the face and hands of the girl

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! 

Positioning the main theme in the background
Create space and prepare the file for Photoshop
2 Lectures 12:59

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

Add leaves to create space

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

Preparing layers and export to Photoshop
Add lighting and atmosphere in Adobe Photoshop
5 Lectures 14:41
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!

Use light to add more focus to the main character

"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! 

The illusion of wind

Adding the texture
The Bonus final PSD
1 Lecture 00:02
The final PSD
1 Lecture 00:30

Bonus PDF. Find my other works!

Bonus lecture
Bring your 2D work to 3D in After Effects
4 Lectures 23:34
Prepare the PSD to After Effects

Bring the layers from 2D to 3D

Animate the Camera

Add dynamic motion to the animation
About the Instructor
Peter Nagy
4.6 Average rating
101 Reviews
1,341 Students
6 Courses
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 in Hungary.
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.

István Szép
4.5 Average rating
1,091 Reviews
13,880 Students
12 Courses
Design teacher

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!.