Adobe Illustrator for Zombies (and beginners too)
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Adobe Illustrator for Zombies (and beginners too)

Learning Illustrator shouldn't be this much fun. Join us as we teach a zombie Adobe Illustrator.
4.9 (34 ratings)
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Created by Brad Colbow
Last updated 8/2017
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 8 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • They will understand all the basic tools used for drawing in Adobe Illustrator
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  • You will need Adobe Illustrator CC

Not your average Adobe Illustrator course. Adobe Illustrator can be one of the most intimidating drawing and illustration programs to learn because it’s so different than traditional art and many of the other art apps out there. So lets make it fun! In this course we take a young impressionable zombie and walk him through all the basics and tools of Illustration.

Most courses will walk your through all the tools and demonstrate them, but zombies really learn from hands on experience. Getting in there and illustrating.

  • We will learn about drawing shapes by creating Zombie a new arm (we’re still not sure where he left his old one)
  • We will learn about lines and strokes by drawing zombie a new cage
  • We will learn about gradients and transparency by making zombie some medicine
  • We will learn about the pen tool by drawing zombie a brain popsicle
  • We will then pull together everything we’ve learned into a poster for Zombie’s band
Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to draw with vectors
  • People who want to learn Adobe Illustrator
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
2 Lectures 10:38

Teaching Zombies how to use anything takes patience. Teaching them something like Adobe Illustrator might seem nothing short of a miracle but it can be done. In this section we'll go over the expectations of the coarse. What you will need and some of the things we will be covering along the way.

Preview 03:21

Before we start drawing it is worth looking over the interface. Every inch of Illustrator is packs with options. From when we first set up our document all the way to the total customizability of the interface. That customizability is one of the more intimidating parts of getting started so in this section we will try to understand it better

Exploring the Interface
Drawing with Shapes
4 Lectures 39:28

I like to set up my workspace before starting any illustration. Knowing where my tools are and planning out what we're drawing beforehand can be a big time saver.

Setting up our Workspace

Shapes and paths are the foundation of everything in Illustrator. In this section we go over the basics of the shape tool and how it is used to create the foundation for many illustrations.

Introduction to Shapes

Squares and circles are cool but they are just the beginning of what you can do with shapes. All shapes in illustrator are made up of encore points and in this section we’re going to be learning how to modify those anchor points to make more complex elements

Preview 07:41

Taking basic shapes and merging them can be a huge time saver and a lot easier than drawing custom shapes. The pathfinder tools help you do that and much much more. We will be discussing how we can use them as part of our illustration here

The Pathfinder Palette
Drawing with Lines
2 Lectures 18:45

Up to this point we’ve been using shapes, but what if we turn the stoke on and fill color off. Drawing with lines can be incredibly useful. In this section we go over the basics of drawing with lines.

Intro to Lines

In this section we keep drawing a cage for Zombie. We go over alignment and how when paired with how we draw lines we can do some really interesting things

Lines Part 2
Snapping, Guides and Grids
3 Lectures 32:28

We can speed up the drawing process by understanding how objects snap together. We can also speed it along by creating guides and turning on the grid and snapping to it

Guides and Grids

We’re going back to the shape tool but this time we adding some elements to it and speeding up the process by laying out our illustration on a grid. This comes in handy if you are drawing cons that need to be uniform

Drawing on the Grid

In this section we go over Illustrator’s unique way of handling gradients and all the options contained in the gradients palette. We also talk about transparencies and how those are used in our illustrations

Gradients and Transparencies
The Pen Tool
4 Lectures 30:14

Before we start using the pen tool we should explain how layers work in Adobe Illustrator. In this section we’re going to import a sketch on one layer and then draw under it with the pen tool


Before we start drawing we go through how the pen tool works. It’s one of the most powerful drawing tools in illustrator and also one of the hardest to master

Intro to the Pen Tool

Now we’re really digging in. The pen tool takes a lot of practice and repetition and that’s what we do here as we continue to work on our illustration.

Using the Pen Tool

Masking lets you crop shapes or groups to an area. In this section we go through how masking works and how we can use it in your illustrations.

Final Project
5 Lectures 49:33

In this section I talk about how I approach larger compositions and illustrations. The larger your illustration the more pre planning help speed up the actual drawing process.

Setting up a Composition

In this final illustration I start by setting up my block colors. This helps me see how the colors work together and how the over all contrast of the piece is before I get to far into the details.

Setting up Block Colors

We havn’t talked about the type tool yet in this section. Here we go over some of the things we can do with Type in Adobe Illustrato


Now that the composition is working we dig into the details and start to give the fine tuning and small elements that a good illustration needs to look finished.

Digging into the Details

We are almost done. This time we use the line tool and masking tools to continue to add detail to the background of our image. In the end we should have a pretty good band poster for Zombie.

Finishing the Illustration
Bonus Lessons
1 Lecture 17:52

In this section Zombie and I go through how to make custom brushes.

Creating Custom Art Brushes
About the Instructor
Brad Colbow
4.7 Average rating
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2,723 Students
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Freelance Designer and Illustrator

Hi, I’m Brad. I’m a professional graphic designer and Illustrator.

I’ve published comics, run conferences but what I’m best known for is running a Youtube channel where I talk about technology for illustrators. In that time I’ve published reviews on everything from the Surface Pro to the iPad pro. And everything in between. 

I believe drawing and illustration is a journey, we are all constantly learning and getting better and I blog about that on my channel as well. I think anyone can learn to draw all it takes is practice.

It’s never to late to pick up a pencil and start learning.