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Pictorial Portraits Using Digital Techniques

A course by Alex de Marcos García
Illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 05/21/2009
, Illustrator

Learn how to use Photoshop to create illustrations using pixels as brushstrokes

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (401)
  • 7132 students
Pictorial Portraits Using Digital Techniques

Learn how to use Photoshop to create illustrations using pixels as brushstrokes


Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (401)
  • 7132 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 23 Lessons (3h 45m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever


Making portraits with striking colors, settings, and finishes, combining painting and digital techniques is one of the specialties of Alex de Marcos, an illustrator from Madrid who has been making his way onto the Spanish art scene. His works can be found in all areas of illustration, from children's books, through the biography of Kurt Cobain and stickers for Instagram, to advertising for Coca-Cola, Nike, and Bombay, among other renowned brands.

In this course, Alex teaches you step by step how to make a digital illustration in Adobe Photoshop achieving a pictorial and organic finish. Learn how to use color, create amazing environments, and give texture to your composition, making the technique your personal brand. Alex will also provide a number of digital resources and give valuable tips on how to succeed on Instagram.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. What We Need to Know and Have
  • U3
    U3. Let's Do It
  • U4
    U4. Digital Plasticity
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Alex de Marcos starts by talking about his professional career in the world of illustration in its different fields: advertising graphics, art, and publishing. He shares the milestones of his career, the importance of his technique, and the artists who have influenced his work.

Then, go deeper into Adobe Photoshop learning all the techniques and secrets of Alex: his brushes, layer effects, textures, and other resources so you can make a portrait with a pictorial finish.

Get introduced to color theory, seeing what it takes to illuminate and highlight your illustration. Learn how to find reference images for your composition by organizing a mood board.

In the next step, get down to work and start making your composition. First, make a sketch, in the form of a collage, with the chosen references, then go on to make a shadow map, and then see how to create an interesting scene, painting elements that will give a unique touch to your image.

Create a color palette and make your first brushstrokes, taking into account their direction and energy. Alex teaches you tricks for painting hair and clothes, applying different textures.

In the last unit, give the final touches to your portrait, making your digital work look like it was done by hand. Finally, see how to print or export your file, as Alex gives you some tips to succeed on Instagram and become a professional illustrator.

What is this course's project?

Make an illustrated portrait in Photoshop, combining powerful colors, an eye-catching environment, and a unique hand-painted finish.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Anyone who is interested in digital illustration and wants to do the process, step by step, from the sketch to the final finishes, with the aim of surprising by applying a unique painting technique.

What you need

Basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is needed.

As for the materials, you must have a computer with Photoshop installed and a graphics tablet or iPad —Alex will show you a way to turn your iPad into a graphic drawing tablet—.


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Alex de Marcos García

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Illustrator

Madrid-born artist Alex de Marcos has dedicated himself for over 10 years to illustrating pieces for all areas of illustration, from creations for the publishing market to advertising pieces for agencies in different countries. His works have been printed in children's books, Kurt Cobain's biography, stickers for Instagram, advertising for Coca-cola, Nike, Fnac, Bombay, and many other renowned brands.

He has painted paintings for film decoration such as the Spanish film Get Her... If You Can and murals for Mercedes Fashion Week and the Madrid City Hall. He has been recognized internationally with different awards, including Silver in the illustration category at ADCI (Italy).


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in the Course?
  • U2

    What We Need to Know and Have

    • About Adobe Photoshop
    • Color Theory
    • References and Documentation
  • U3

    Let's Do It

    • Composition and Collage Sketch
    • Sketch to Line: Shadow Map 1
    • Sketch to Line: Shadow Map 2
    • Sketch to Line: Shadow Map 3
    • Sketch to Line: Shadow Map 4
    • Line sketch: shadow map 5
    • Color Palette and First Brush Strokes 1
    • Color Palette and First Brush Strokes 2
    • Color Palette and First Brush Strokes 3
    • Color Palette and First Brush Strokes 4
    • Fashion and Clothing 1
    • Fashion and Clothing 2
  • U4

    Digital Plasticity

    • Plasticity
    • Export and Succeed
    • See You on Instagram
    • Start Being an Illustrator
    • Bonus Track
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Pictorial Portraits Using Digital Techniques

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Pictorial Portraits Using Digital Techniques. A Illustration course by Alex de Marcos García Best Seller

Pictorial Portraits Using Digital Techniques

A course by Alex de Marcos García
Illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 05/21/2009
  • 99% Positive reviews (401)
  • 7132 students