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Stylized Vector Illustration with Color and Character

A course by Owen Davey
Illustrator. Worthing, United Kingdom.
Joined June 2020
, Illustrator

Create stunning digital illustrations with geometric shapes and curated color palettes

  • Best seller
  • 98% positive reviews (390)
  • 8020 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Create stunning digital illustrations with geometric shapes and curated color palettes

  • 98% positive reviews (390)
  • 8020 students
  • 21 lessons (2h 41m)
  • 10 additional resources (1 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

As a passionate illustrator, Owen Davey takes inspiration from the natural world to create bright and original work that is fun, unique, and memorable. Animals and other characters often act as the protagonists in his eye-catching illustrations, bringing together the cute, weird, and beautiful of the world to celebrate our uniqueness.

In this course, Owen shows you how to build a digital illustration from start to finish using Adobe Photoshop. From research and sketching to stylizing and sharing your work, learn the techniques you need to develop a singular illustration style that gets noticed. Plus, Owen shares his tricks and tips for navigating life as a freelance illustrator, including how he worked on projects with Google, Facebook, Sony, Lego, National Geographic, and more.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation
  • U3
    U3. Production
  • U4
    U4. Post-Production
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start the course by meeting your teacher, Owen Davey. Take a look at some of his past work with top clients and hear about how he got his start working as a freelance illustrator. Learn which artists influence his style and get a brief overview of the content that is covered in this course.

Begin preparing for your final project by exploring the materials and digital tools that Owen uses most. See how to find good, relevant reference material to base your drawings on and follow along as Owen explains how to build a color palette.

Now it’s time to get creative! Start exploring how to use compositional thumbnails to better define your ideas. Look at simplification and stylization, make some basic sketches, and bring them into Photoshop to arrange a digital composition. Discover the techniques Owen uses for creating vector artwork in Photoshop and see how to create, review, and refine your final piece.

Finally, take a look at how to integrate texture into your work and learn how to make your own. See the best ways to save your work depending on its final format. Finish the course by learning how to scale your work without losing quality and the best ways to share it on social media.

What is this course's project?

Create a digital illustration with a curated color palette and characters designed by you.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone who loves to illustrate, but especially intermediate students who are starting a career in illustration and need help streamlining their workflow.

Requirements and materials

To take this course, you should have some knowledge of Adobe Photoshop. A basic understanding of Adobe Illustrator is also nice to have.

Regarding materials, you will need a pencil, paper, a scanner or camera phone, and a computer with Photoshop and Illustrator installed.


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Owen Davey

A course by Owen Davey

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Owen Davey is an award-winning illustrator from the UK. He has been a professional freelance illustrator since 2009 and has had the pleasure of working with renowned international clients like Google, Facebook, Sony, Lego, and National Geographic.

He is the lead illustrator for the multi-award winning app Two Dots and has produced several picture books over the years, most notably the non-fiction ‘About’ series with Flying Eye Books, which began with “Mad About Monkeys” in 2015. Other notable clients include Airbnb, The New York Times, The Guardian, BBC, GQ, British Airways, Virgin, Orange, Guinness, Microsoft, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.


  • U1


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


    • Materials and Digital Tools
    • Research, Finding Inspiration and Reference
    • Basic Edit in Photoshop
    • Customising Your Workspace and Keyboard Preferences
    • Designing a Colour Palette 1
    • Designing a Colour Palette 2
  • U3


    • Compositional Thumbnails
    • Drawing and Stylisation
    • Composition in Photoshop
    • Techniques in Photoshop and Illustrator 1
    • Techniques in Photoshop and Illustrator 2
    • Creating a Character with Photoshop and Illustrator 1
    • Creating a Character with Photoshop and Illustrator 2
    • Review
  • U4


    • Texture as a Final Touch
    • Saving File Types
    • Scale Up Your Artwork
    • Developing as an Illustrator and Sharing Your Work
  • FP

    Final project

    • Stylized Vector Illustration with Color and Character

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Stylized Vector Illustration with Color and Character. Illustration course by Owen Davey Best seller

Stylized Vector Illustration with Color and Character

A course by Owen Davey
Illustrator. Worthing, United Kingdom.
Joined June 2020
  • 98% positive reviews (390)
  • 8020 students