Texture Creation for Digital Illustration in Photoshop

A course by Nicholas Stevenson , Illustrator, Animator, and University Lecturer

Illustrator, Animator, and University Lecturer. Hereford, United Kingdom.
Joined May 2020

Create unique illustrations full of texture and mood using brushes, ink, objects, and prints

99% positive reviews (145)
2150 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Create unique illustrations full of texture and mood using brushes, ink, objects, and prints

    “Texture is a huge part of my identity as an illustrator. Images speak to the silent part of the mind, and for me, texture has a direct line to raw emotion. It can instantly conjure atmosphere, celebration, joy, memory, mystery, tension, or drama.”

    Illustrator and animator Nicholas Stevenson works with the rich authenticity of textures to create his unique visual language. He creates digital work that is full of physicality and emotion, and has illustrated for children’s books, music albums, and publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

    In this course, learn how to capture rich and exciting textures from the world around you. Discover techniques for scanning, saving, and blending custom handmade textures using Photoshop and learn to create dreamlike illustrations full of texture, emotion, and magic.

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    What will you learn in this online course?

    17 lessons & 12 downloads

    What Will We Do in this Course?
    2 minutes, 27 seconds
    Handmade Marks
    10 minutes, 12 seconds
    Decay and Print Marks
    6 minutes, 44 seconds
    Creating Flat Shapes 1
    11 minutes, 48 seconds
    Creating Flat Shapes 2
    13 minutes, 15 seconds
    • 99% positive reviews (145)
    • 2150 students
    • 17 lessons (2h 55m)
    • 12 additional resources (5 files)
    • Online and at your own pace
    • Available on the app
    • Audio: English
    • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
    • Level: Beginner
    • Unlimited access forever

    What is this course's project?

    Build your own library of unique textures and use them to create an atmospheric landscape illustration in Photoshop.

    Projects by course students

    Who is this online course for?

    This course is ideal for anyone looking to use textures to develop their own visual language using Photoshop, including illustrators, pattern designers, graphic artists, digital painters, animators, and concept artists.

    Requirements and materials

    You will need a computer with Photoshop, access to a scanner or digital camera, some brushes, and black ink.

    Basic photoshop skills and drawing skills are nice to have, but not necessary.


    Reviews

    2150 Students
    145 Reviews
    99% Positive ratings

    Nicholas Stevenson

    A course by Nicholas Stevenson

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    Illustrator, Animator, and University Lecturer

    Nicholas Stevenson is a UK-based illustrator and animator known for his magical and atmospheric textured images. Using old books, papers, and prints, he creates unique, handmade textures that are used to create digital illustrations with added authenticity and emotion.

    Nicholas is a lecturer at Hereford College of Arts in the UK. He has illustrated for leading publications and brands including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Google Arts & Culture, and Save the Children. His work can also be found in non-fiction children’s books and on a wide variety of album covers.


    Content

    • U1

      Introduction

      • About Me
      • Influences
      • What Will We Do in this Course?
    • U2

      Creating a Library of Textures

      • Handmade Marks
      • Decay and Print Marks
      • Scanning and Adjusting Your Textures
    • U3

      Still Life Exercise

      • Creating Flat Shapes 1
      • Creating Flat Shapes 2
      • Adding Grayscale Textures
      • Colour Fill
      • Stacking Textures
    • U4

      Production

      • Ideation and Thumbnails
      • Simple Shapes and Colour Choice
      • Texturing
      • Final Touches and Overall Feel
    • U5

      Post-Production

      • Digital Textures
      • Texture in Animation
    • FP

      Final project

      • Texture Creation for Digital Illustration in Photoshop

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    Texture Creation for Digital Illustration in Photoshop. Illustration course by Nicholas Stevenson

    Texture Creation for Digital Illustration in Photoshop

    A course by Nicholas Stevenson
    Illustrator, Animator, and University Lecturer. Hereford, United Kingdom.
    Joined May 2020
    • 99% positive reviews (145)
    • 2150 students