Travel Illustration: Recreate Your Favorite Place

A course by Alex Green
Illustrator. London, United Kingdom.
Joined December 2020
, Illustrator

Learn digital illustration techniques with a splash of acrylic paint to create artwork inspired by a photograph of a place you love

  • 97% positive reviews (39)
  • 858 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn digital illustration techniques with a splash of acrylic paint to create artwork inspired by a photograph of a place you love



  • 97% positive reviews (39)
  • 858 students
  • 23 lessons (5h 21m)
  • 11 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


The beauty of recreating a photograph through illustration is that you can add your own touch of magic to the real world. Illustrator Alex Green has been creating original illustrations for clients like The Times, BBC, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation through his unique approach that combines digital and analog techniques.

In this course, create a captivating travel illustration of your favorite place using traditional drawing techniques, the digital tools of Photoshop, and vibrant acrylic paint. Reimagine your favorite place from photographic reference, but also from your imagination.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Research
  • U3
    U3. Drawing While Sitting Still
  • U4
    U4. Balance Colour and Final Details
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet Alex Green, illustrator of almost three decades and your teacher for this course. He shares his artistic journey and shows some of his work from over the years. Hear about the artists who have influenced his illustrations and techniques.

Dive into editorial travel illustration by hearing Alex’s creative process when capturing the atmosphere of places in his artwork. Then, get an overview of the materials needed for your illustration. Get inspired by collecting references of the place you want to illustrate from different angles. Alex encourages you to draw not only from reference, but from imagination by adding imaginary landmarks or embellishing current ones.

Begin drafting your sketch on paper as Alex guides you through his methodology. Learn how to digitize your analog sketch on Photoshop and explore its digital tools to enhance your work. Discover how to choose a color palette that conveys the mood you want to illustrate. Experiment with digital brushes and practice line work techniques. Then, see how to use editing tools to create different layers of soft and hard light.

Wrap up your design by learning how to balance color and retouch the finer details. Create a lithographic layer by applying ink textures with a lino printing roller and acrylic paint to add an extra dimension. Finally, see how to save your work in various formats to share in different platforms like social media or your portfolio.

What is this course's project?

Create a travel illustration based on photographic reference through freehand drawing, Photoshop, and acrylic paint.

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in creating digital travel illustration or expanding their illustration techniques with analog tools.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge in Photoshop and drawing abilities are required.

To take this course, you need a pencil, a sketchbook or paper, an eraser, and a tablet or computer with Photoshop or similar software installed. Optionally, you can use a lino printing roller and acrylic paint to create extra texture.


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Alex Green

A course by Alex Green

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Alex Green is a British illustrator with three decades of experience. Growing up in an artistic family before the age of the internet, his work is heavily influenced by mixed media illustration. After studying fine art in the University of West England, his illustration career began in 1992 at The Observer, where he illustrated the British newspaper’s wine column.

Since then, he’s done freelance work creating architectural, editorial and travel illustrations for clients like Airbnb, Apple, Audi, BBC, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Emirates Airlines, The Ritz, Gucci, Guinness, Pfizer, Prada, Harrods, Nespresso, and universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, and Yale. His work has also been featured in publications like The Telegraph, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, G.Q Magazine, and Le Parisien and has also collaborated with Penguin Random House.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Influences
    • About Me
  • U2

    Research

    • Drawing from Multiple Reference Sources
    • Materials and Software
    • Introduction to Editorial Travel Illustration
    • Traveling While Sitting Still
  • U3

    Drawing While Sitting Still

    • Making a Mental Map and Thumbnail Sketches 1
    • Making a Mental Map and Thumbnail Sketches 2
    • Scan into Photoshop and Start Composition
    • Colour Palette
    • Line Work and Basic Tone 1
    • Line Work and Basic Tone 2
    • Line Work and Basic Tone 3
    • Creating the Drawing in Separate Layers 1
    • Creating the Drawing in Separate Layers 2
    • Creating the Drawing in Separate Layers 3
    • Creating the Drawing in Separate Layers 4
    • Creating the Drawing in Separate Layers 5
    • Creating the Drawing in Separate Layers 6
    • Creating the Drawing in Separate Layers 7
    • Creating the Drawing in Separate Layers 8
  • U4

    Balance Colour and Final Details

    • Formatting Your Final Project
    • Lithographic Layer
  • FP

    Final project

    • Travel Illustration: Recreate Your Favorite Place

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Travel Illustration: Recreate Your Favorite Place. Illustration course by Alex Green

Travel Illustration: Recreate Your Favorite Place

A course by Alex Green
Illustrator. London, United Kingdom.
Joined December 2020
  • 97% positive reviews (39)
  • 858 students