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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Test your knowledge of fundamental sketching in regards to illustration.
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.
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.
Start designing your own characters, some tips before you get started!
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.
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.
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.
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.