Lettering and Illustration: Composition, Techniques, and Application

A course by Sindy Ethel & Alan Rodríguez (R3DO) , Designers, illustrators and lyricists

Designers, illustrators and lyricists. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined May 2017

Learn to combine letters and illustration in an effective way

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (240)
  • 3083 students

Learn to combine letters and illustration in an effective way

In this course, Sindy and R3do will teach you techniques to work with lettering and illustration and help you that both disciplines coexist harmoniously in your designs.

Through the creation of a tourist guide based on the obligatory stops to taste the local gastronomy, you will learn to compose your designs in an effective way using layouts and reticles.

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What will you learn in this online course?

29 lessons & 15 downloads

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (240)
  • 3083 students
  • 29 lessons (5h 33m)
  • 15 additional resources (12 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Based on the recommendations you would give to a friend when it comes to eating and going out at night, moving like a local in your own city, you will design an illustrated tourist guide that reflects the essence of your city, neighborhood or country.

Making use of the lessons and advice of Sindy and R3do, you will design and illustrate a set of three small compositions that you can share together or individually.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is aimed at students and professionals, lovers of lettering, typography and illustration. To make the most of this course, prior knowledge of lettering or typography is also necessary; also basic notions of illustration are recommended.

Requirements and materials

You will need pencils, fountain pens and brush pens. A notebook for sketching and paper albanene. It is also necessary to have a computer with Photoshop and Illustrator as well as a digitizing tablet.


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Sindy Ethel & Alan Rodríguez (R3DO)

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Designers, illustrators and lyricists

Sindy Ethel is an interactive Mexican designer and a great enthusiast of lettering and typography.

She has worked as a digital designer for agencies such as Grupo W, CP + B in Colorado and Vault 49 in New York. Her passion for lettering and typography has led her to work with brands such as Pepsi, Santa Clara, Baileys, Volkswagen, HP, Adobe or Sprite, among others.

To shape your letterings, you are inspired by Japanese cuisine and culture. He likes to know new places and takes advantage of his trips to take references that he includes in his designs.

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Alan Rodríguez (R3DO) has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for studios such as Tixinda, Grupo W and Vault49 in New York.

Currently working as a freelance illustrator, collaborating with brands such as Adobe, Budweiser, Baileys, Google, Volkswagen or HP, among others. Although his personal work, inspired by Latin American folklore and Native American art, is what allows him to experiment and unleash his creativity.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Art direction

    • Creative process
    • Inspiration, research & Moodboard
    • Color palette
  • U3

    The Layout

    • Layout: Space, content and hierarchy - Part I
    • Layout: Space, content and hierarchy - Part II
    • Composition and hierarchy tips
    • The layout of our project - Part I
    • The layout of our project - Part II
    • Self-criticism and analysis
  • U4

    Lettering

    • Illustrating based on lettering: different processes - Part I
    • Illustrating based on lettering: different processes - Part II
    • Tips for choosing letter styles
    • How to vectorize letters
  • U5

    Illustration

    • Illustrate from base letters
    • Choose the right style of illustration
    • Tips & tricks: Resources for non-illustrators - Part I
    • Tips & tricks: Resources for non-illustrators - Part II
    • Brushes, textures, shading and other useful resources - Part I
    • Brushes, textures, shading and other useful resources - Part II
  • U6

    The final art

    • Execution from the layout - Union Pool (lettering)
    • Execution from the layout - Union Pool (illustration)
    • Execution from the layout - Best Pizza (lettering)
    • Execution from the layout - Best Pizza (illustration)
    • Execution from the layout - Milk Bar (lettering)
    • Execution from the layout - Milk Bar (illustration)
    • Join the illustrations and the letters in our design
    • Final finishes
  • FP

    Final project

    • Lettering and illustration: Composition, techniques and application

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Lettering and Illustration: Composition, Techniques, and Application

A course by Sindy Ethel & Alan Rodríguez (R3DO)
Designers, illustrators and lyricists. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined May 2017
  • 99% positive reviews (240)
  • 3083 students