Vector illustration with Lighting Effects

A course by Marmota vs Milky
Creative Studio. São Paulo, Brazil.
Joined February 2020
, Creative Studio

Learn how to style and give personality to your vector illustrations with lighting effects in Adobe Illustrator

  • Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (76)
  • 1315 students

Learn how to style and give personality to your vector illustrations with lighting effects in Adobe Illustrator

Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (76)
  • 1315 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 25m)
  • 21 additional resources (10 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Portuguese
  • Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Light is an essential element in the creation of vector illustrations. Through light, it's possible to alter our perception of the space, objects, and characters represented graphically. Carlos and Fabi, founders of the creative studio Marmota vs. Milky, are all too familiar with the effect that proper lighting can have on their pieces and have collaborated with big names such as Adidas, Burger King, Nike, Ray-Ban, and more.

In this course, learn to create vector illustrations in Adobe Illustrator with different lighting effects. Join your teachers to explore lighting techniques and visual tools for adding value to your work and making sure it stands out from the crowd.

Now would also be a good time to take a look at Marmota vs. Milky's first Domestika course, Adobe Illustrator: Vector Illustration from Scratch, in which they teach you to master the software and create professional graphic pieces.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Setting the stage: techniques and resources for drawing light
  • U3
    U3. Hands-on: our creation process
  • U4
    U4. Finishing touch: the archive for print and digital media
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by getting to know Carlos and Fabi and how they came to join professional forces under the name Marmota vs. Milky. They share some of their most prominent works and biggest influences such as Thai artist James Jean and Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.

Study the RGB and CMYK color systems, absolute black, and the essentials for creating lighting effects for both digital and printed works. Explore Illustrator's tools and panels and discover how to give your illustration depth of field, cast shadows and reflections, as well as add texture.

After creating a mood board of reference materials, do some initial sketching to try out different composition options before choosing your favorite. Now it's time to move to Adobe Illustrator! Create the basic lines for vectorizing your design, put together a color palette, add the lighting effects you learned before, and put the finishing touches on your piece.

Learn to convert and export your artwork for printing or publishing on social media. Carlos and Fabi also give you some tips on producing vector mock-ups that can be used in your portfolio. By the end of the course, you'll be creating powerful and original vector illustrations.

What is this course's project?

Make a vector illustration of an urban scene focusing on lighting, depth of field, and elements for making it more dynamic.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Illustrators, designers, artists, and anyone wanting to learn new vector illustration techniques to enrich their creative repertoire.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator is essential for this course.

In terms of materials, you need pencils, paper, a scanner or a camera, and a computer with access to the most recent versions of Adobe Ilustrator.


1315 Students
76 Reviews
100% Positive ratings

Marmota vs Milky

A course by Marmota vs Milky

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Carlos and Fabi are visual artists from São Paulo with degrees in Industrial Design with a major in Visual Programming from UNESP. They have been working as independent artists under the name Marmota vs Milky since 2012.

In the studio, the duo produces new creations using the clashing of ideas inspired by any and every form of artistic expression. As Japanese descendants, they also use the mixing of Japanese and Western culture to play around with different cultural perspectives.

Fabi and Carlos work on illustrations for ad campaigns, character animations, customized products, as well as other creative techniques. Their clients include Adidas, Ben & Jerry’s, Burger King, Faber Castell, Havaianas, Hyundai, Nike, Pixel Show, and RayBan.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do on the course?
  • U2

    Setting the stage: techniques and resources for drawing light

    • Converting RGB to CMYK and Absolute Black
    • Creating Light in Illustrator
    • highlighting with depth of field
    • Projecting shadows and reflection
    • enriching with textures
  • U3

    Hands-on: our creation process

    • Reference Search
    • quick sketch and definition
    • vectorization
    • Colors and Effects
    • Final art
  • U4

    Finishing touch: the archive for print and digital media

    • Exporting Prints
    • Exporting to social networks
  • FP

    Final project

    • Vector illustration with Lighting Effects

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Vector illustration with Lighting Effects. Illustration course by Marmota vs Milky

Vector illustration with Lighting Effects

A course by Marmota vs Milky
Creative Studio. São Paulo, Brazil.
Joined February 2020
  • 100% positive reviews (76)
  • 1315 students