From Drawing to Illustration

Learn how to draw characters and scenes to create professional illustrations.
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  • Lectures 32
  • Length 6 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

Illustration is the first step to bringing the imagination to life, and in addition to being a cultural tradition it is also a useful tool for all professions.

If you have ever dreamed of being an artist, a professional illustrator or even just creating some great drawings to share with your friends - this course is for you. This course starts at the very basics of drawing characters from the imagination and drawing scenes and then moves into the more advanced techniques of creating finished illustrations which will capture your audiences attention and help bring your imagination into the world.

Non-artists who are art enthusiasts may also enjoy this course if you like "behind the scenes" type of videos, as these lessons will cover all basic techniques required to make professional illustrations.

Packed with hours of video lessons this course will help you to understand the fundamental knowledge required to draw engaging illustrations whether it be with pencil and paper or with a digital tablet. It is assumed that the student actually enjoys drawing but not required to have any drawing experience at all, as all necessary drawing techniques will be covered. If you are already an experienced artist you might like the well organized content with entertaining commentary and advanced tips and tricks.

What are the requirements?

  • You should have either a set of common drawing tools such as a pencil, pen, and paper, OR a digital drawing tablet and drawing software such as Photoshop, GIMP, or Krita.
  • If you are interested in the course only for art appreciation or understanding of technique then you should not need anything to enjoy the simple video lessons
  • Aspiring artists should prepare an hour per day of free time to practice the taught drawing techniques

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the basics of drawing people with anatomy and proportions
  • Develop skills in drawing scenes with depth and perspective
  • Give more life to your drawing and illustration
  • Increase your appreciation and understanding of art and illustration
  • Create completed art or illustrations with professional standards

Who is the target audience?

  • Good for beginner to intermediate artists
  • No prior drawing experience required
  • Non-artists can enjoy this course for art appreciation
  • Aspiring artists can gain skills to make their art more professional
  • This course does not teach software skills but pencil, paper, eraser, and pen are good enough to follow
  • This course is intended to be fun and easy to follow and does not cover advanced, detailed topics

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

You can find more info on me and art examples here:


FDTI - What We Will Cover

  • Tools
  • Digital vs Traditional
  • Pressure Sensitivity
  • Sketching, Drawing, Shading, Coloring

Section 2: Preparing to Draw Correctly

Understand the basic meaning and usage of Sketching.


Using basic shapes to break down your visual ideas.


Continuation of Geometry. Let's draw a face using geometry.

1 page

Sample materials demonstrating shapes building the sketch of a face.


Beginning steps to drawing in the 3rd dimension.


Part 2 of the 3rd Dimension lesson. Here we draw a 3D stick man for demonstration.

1 page

A finished reference image of our 3D stick man.


Layers are the foundation of all good finished art and illustration. After this course you should understand how to build up layers to make your work more professional.

1 page

An example of how building up layers can help to design a finer finished result.


Learn the basics of adding depth to your drawing by using lighting and shading techniques.


Here I will summarize all of Section 1, give you some examples of how to apply these techniques, and provide you with some exercises to help you improve.

4 questions

Test your knowledge of fundamental sketching in regards to illustration.

Section 3: Drawing People - Human Anatomy
1 page

Reference material for the proportions of faces.


Gain an understanding of how to break down the human head and facial features and improve your ability to draw people.


A continuation on drawing heads and faces where we focus on the profile (side view) of a character.


Learn how to draw the human body from head to toe. This lesson covers overall body proportions and the male body.


A continuation of the body drawing course, focusing on the female form.


Some exercises to help you continue developing your skills in drawing people.

Section 4: Dynamic Characters

People are not always standing up straight and staring right at us, so we'll have to learn how to draw everyone from different angles and with different gestures.


A quick and easy guide which will improve your drawing of clothing.

Clothing in Action

Start designing your own characters, some tips before you get started!

Section 5: Understanding Perspective

Gain knowledge of simple perspective technique to improve your drawing of space and depth.


Incorporate perspective to all of your work to improve the dynamics and emotion of your art.


Some exercises for improving your landscape drawing.

Section 6: Composition - Designing Full Scenes

Tips for designing good scenes to draw in your audience.


A continuation of our last lesson. Now it is time to organize the composition and make sure the perspective is correct before we do our final draft.


Add depth, power and emotion to your work with lighting and value techniques.


You are ready to illustrate! Let's do it.

Section 7: Completing the Work

How to look for improvements and complete the illustration before submitting for review.


The last and final step. Submitting for review, publishing, and releasing to the public.

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Instructor Biography

Brendon Schumacker, Creative Visual Artist

Brendon Schumacker is an accomplished artist and illustrator with experience in many art forms. Having drawn since a young age, Brendon has a lifetime of educational background in freehand art from various schools in USA and has studied along side with artists of varied backgrounds, giving him a diverse understanding of many illustration styles and techniques. He has published comics and children's books, has done multiple gallery openings, and has been doing freelance illustration and design for over 10 years. His instruction style is casual and entertaining while also being detailed in his examination of varied art techniques.

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