Wildlife Illustration for Children's Books

A course by Dieter Braun
Illustrator and Author. Hamburg, Germany.
Joined October 2020
, Illustrator and Author

Create playful illustrations of animals and wildlife by exploring vectors, textures, and gradients in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop

  • 99% positive reviews (164)
  • 3438 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Create playful illustrations of animals and wildlife by exploring vectors, textures, and gradients in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop



  • 99% positive reviews (164)
  • 3438 students
  • 21 lessons (3h 42m)
  • 8 additional resources (2 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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In the words of illustrator and author Dieter Braun, “What digital drawing has in common with Mother Nature is geometry." In this course, Dieter takes you on an exploration of the natural world through digital illustration. Discover the best of both worlds and bring it all together on the pages of a children’s book.

Dive into the world of illustration and learn how to turn your sketches into digital drawings full of texture and color. Get inspired by wildlife and create a storybook that reminds children of the beautiful world we live in.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The First Paw Tracks
  • U3
    U3. Let's Bring It to Life
  • U4
    U4. What’s Next, Pussycat?
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin by getting to know Dieter. Hear his story about his love for illustration from a young age, and how he became an illustrator and children’s book author. He also shares his influences and sources of inspiration.

As you work towards creating a double-page spread for a children’s book, explore the different tools that can be used to illustrate. Next, go hunting online for wildlife illustration references before learning about book formats, color palettes and textures. Learn how to create a tiger’s eye with geometric shapes using Adobe Illustrator. Then, sketch out the draft for your double-page spread.

Learn how to turn your sketches into vector drawings using Adobe Illustrator. Dieter shows you how to vectorize your characters and the background. Add textures and gradients in Photoshop to give your drawings the organic look that brings them to life! Finally, bring all the elements together to create your double-page spread.

The adventure doesn’t end there. Dieter gives you an overview of how to create the rest of the book and shares some tips for getting it published. He shares his experience in the publishing world and gives you his advice on how to go about it.

What is this course's project?

Create a double-page spread that includes an illustration of a wild animal in the foreground and a natural landscape background

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in illustration or creating a children’s book

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is necessary.

For this course, you have the option to go analog or digital. You can draw your sketches using Procreate or Illustrator, or you can draw them by hand. You will need a graphics editing software like Illustrator for your vectors, and software like Photoshop for the gradients and textures.


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Dieter Braun

A course by Dieter Braun

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Illustrator and Author

From an early age, Dieter Braun has always had a passion for illustration. He studied Communication Design at the Folkwangschule in Essen. Following his university years, he explored a range of artistic mediums ranging from painting to photography.

Dieter’s main inspiration is wildlife. He has written and illustrated several children’s books on the subject, including Wild Animals of the South, Wild Animals of the North, and Oceans of the World. He has also worked with clients like H&M and WWF. His work has been featured in publications like Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Newsweek, Elle, and Glamour.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Influences
    • About Me
  • U2

    The First Paw Tracks

    • Sketching
    • Eye of the Tiger
    • Finding Textures
    • Finding Color Palettes
    • Size Does Matter
    • Finding References
    • Programs
  • U3

    Let's Bring It to Life

    • The Serval: Drawing the Basic Vectors 1
    • The Serval: Drawing the Basic Vectors 2
    • The Serval: Drawing the Basic Vectors 3
    • The Hunting Scene: Drawing the Basic Vectors
    • Nice and Fluffy: Adding Gradients 1 (Part 1)
    • Nice and Fluffy: Adding Gradients 1 (Part 2)
    • Nice and Fluffy: Adding Gradients 2
    • The Magic Sprinkles: Adding Textures 1
    • The Magic Sprinkles: Adding Textures 2
    • The Full Spread: Bringing It All Together
  • U4

    What’s Next, Pussycat?

    • How It Really Works and Tips
    • Now It Becomes a Book, and It’s Out!
  • FP

    Final project

    • Wildlife Illustration for Children's Books

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Wildlife Illustration for Children's Books. Illustration course by Dieter Braun

Wildlife Illustration for Children's Books

A course by Dieter Braun
Illustrator and Author. Hamburg, Germany.
Joined October 2020
  • 99% positive reviews (164)
  • 3438 students