From Drawing to Illustration
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From Drawing to Illustration

Learn how to draw characters and scenes to create professional illustrations.
4.3 (27 ratings)
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  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Articles
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • 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

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.

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
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Curriculum For This Course
32 Lectures
2 Lectures 18:08

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

Preview 11:31

FDTI - What We Will Cover

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

Preview 06:37
Preparing to Draw Correctly
11 Lectures 01:27:37

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.

Geometry - Part 2

Sample materials demonstrating shapes building the sketch of a face.

Reference 001 - Geometry in Sketch
1 page

Beginning steps to drawing in the 3rd dimension.

3rd Dimension

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

3rd Dimension - Part 2

A finished reference image of our 3D stick man.

Reference 003 - 3D Stick Man
1 page

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.

Preview 07:08

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

Reference 004 - Layers
1 page

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

Light & Shade

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.

Exercises - Put It All Together

Test your knowledge of fundamental sketching in regards to illustration.

Sketch Phase Quiz
4 questions
Drawing People - Human Anatomy
6 Lectures 01:14:00

Reference material for the proportions of faces.

Reference 002 - Facial Proportions
1 page

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

Drawing Heads - Part 1

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

Drawing Heads - Part 2

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

Drawing Bodies - Part 1

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

Preview 17:58

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

Exercises - Keep Drawing People
Dynamic Characters
4 Lectures 57:51

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.

Gestures & Foreshortening

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

Preview 19:53

Clothing in Action

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

Exercises - Designing Characters
Understanding Perspective
3 Lectures 30:19

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

Understanding One and Two Point Perspective

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

Everything Has Perspective

Some exercises for improving your landscape drawing.

Exercises - Drawing Landscapes
Composition - Designing Full Scenes
4 Lectures 59:20

Tips for designing good scenes to draw in your audience.

Making a Good Setting

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.

Composition and Perspective

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

Lighting and Value

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

Exercises - Illustrate!
Completing the Work
2 Lectures 23:22

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

Polishing Up and Signing Your Work

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

Comment & Critique
About the Instructor
Brendon Schumacker
4.4 Average rating
172 Reviews
4,985 Students
5 Courses
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.