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Vector Art: Reflecting Your Style with Illustrator

A course by Daniele Caruso
Illustrator. Swindon, United Kingdom.
Joined May 2020
, Illustrator

Perfect your use of color, shading, and lighting to create unique vector graphics

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Perfect your use of color, shading, and lighting to create unique vector graphics

  • 100% positive reviews (246)
  • 6050 students
  • 23 lessons (4h 58m)
  • 9 additional resources (2 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
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  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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Discover how to transfer your unique illustration style to a digital format with illustrator Daniele Caruso, who specializes in creating unique vector art filled with mystery and dynamism. His work has been featured on Augmented Reality icons for the band Slipknot, on snowsports and motorbike accessories for Ruroc, and on posters and displays for Nike.

Learn how to work on Adobe Illustrator with Daniele’s guidance, tips, and tricks. Go from an initial idea to a completed vector illustration ready to add to your portfolio. Are you ready to boost your illustration style with expert techniques?

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation
  • U3
    U3. Sketching
  • U4
    U4. Vectoring
  • U5
    U5. Finishing Touches and Recommendations
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Daniele starts the course by telling you about how he became an illustrator and showing you the books and artists that have influenced him along the way. He then gives a brief run-through of what you’ll learn in the course.

Go through Illustrator’s interface and see Daniele’s time-saving hacks, “hatching ideas”, and other techniques he uses. Look for drawing references and explore themes to create a mood board to use as inspiration for your project.

Map out your ideas with thumbnail sketches and decide on the final composition with Daniele’s guidance. Create a rough drawing and then pick out the shapes you want using a lightbox and add more detail.

Next, scan your image and open Illustrator to start creating your vector illustration. Begin with the Pen tool and learn Daniele’s linework techniques, and use hatching on the areas you require.

Apply and experiment with your base color, play around with color ideas, and add volume to your illustration with Daniele’s shading and lighting techniques.

In the final unit, learn how to push your vector illustrations a step further by adding other elements and final details. Lastly, learn how to save your artwork correctly, understand the different formats and settings that you need for each type of format.

What is this course's project?

Create a vector illustration from start to finish using professional tricks and techniques to enhance your artwork.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for those interested in learning about vector illustration, as well as illustrators, designers, and creatives who want to learn new digital techniques to apply to their illustration work.

Requirements and materials

You don’t need any previous experience in working on Adobe Illustrator, some basic drawing skills are useful but not essential to take this course.

As for materials, you will need a pencil, sketching paper, a computer with Adobe Illustrator, and a scanner or camera to upload your work onto your computer.


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Daniele Caruso

A course by Daniele Caruso

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Daniele Caruso is a freelance illustrator and brand developer from the UK, who specializes in creating logos and mascots for brands. His clients range from rock bands such as Slipknot to YouTubers like Snipzy, and record labels such as TGDS Records.

He currently works for snowsports and motorbike brand Ruroc, creating original illustrations for their line of products. He also does freelance illustration work for skateboard brands and creates fierce animal logos for Esports brands.


  • U1


    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in This Course?
    • Introduction
  • U2


    • Hatching Techniques
    • Volume Techniques and Half-Tones
    • Developing an Idea and Gathering References
  • U3


    • Thumbnails
    • Rough Drawing with Basic Shapes and Forms
    • Finalizing Your Line and Shape Drawing
  • U4


    • Line Work and Hatching 1
    • Line Work and Hatching 2
    • Line Work and Hatching 3
    • Colour
    • Shading 1
    • Shading 2
    • Lighting 1
    • Lighting 2
  • U5

    Finishing Touches and Recommendations

    • Gradients and Half-tones 1
    • Gradients and Half-tones 2
    • Gradients and Half-tones 3
    • Tips for Adding Other Elements to Your Illustration 1
    • Tips for Adding Other Elements to Your Illustration 2
    • Presenting Your Work
  • FP

    Final project

    • Vector Art: Reflecting Your Style with Illustrator

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Vector Art: Reflecting Your Style with Illustrator. Illustration course by Daniele Caruso Best seller

Vector Art: Reflecting Your Style with Illustrator

A course by Daniele Caruso
Illustrator. Swindon, United Kingdom.
Joined May 2020
  • 100% positive reviews (246)
  • 6050 students