Imaginary Places: Draw, Paint, and Digitize on Photoshop

A course by Francisco Fonseca
Illustrator and Artist. Porto, Portugal.
Joined April 2021
, Illustrator and Artist

Learn to draw an imaginary place by combing analog tools like watercolors, pencils, and a sketchbook with Photoshop to add vibrant texture

  • 148 students
  • Audio: English
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn to draw an imaginary place by combing analog tools like watercolors, pencils, and a sketchbook with Photoshop to add vibrant texture



  • Available from June 30, 2022
  • 148 students
  • 16 additional resources (5 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever


There’s a certain magic in being able to recreate the places we see in our dreams or in our fading memories. For illustrator Francisco Fonseca, it’s an opportunity for him to build a bridge between the past and the present. With clients like Bloomsbury and with murals across Europe, he’s here to show you how to paint vibrant imaginary places of your own.

In this online course, unleash your creativity on the blank page. Learn illustration techniques with pencils and watercolors while exploring color and texture. Then bring your sketch to life with the digital tools of Photoshop.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation: References and Basic Skills
  • U3
    U3. Experimenting and Creating the Base Sketch
  • U4
    U4. Digitizing the Illustration
  • U5
    U5. Adapting, Printing, and Posting on Social Media
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet Francisco Fonseca, a Portuguese artist, illustrator, and your teacher for this course. He shares his creative journey, which led to a blossoming career in the illustration world. Hear about the artists who have inspired him and the work he creates.

Gather references for inspiration to help you understand yourself as an artist. Francisco shows you some drawing techniques using a sketchbook, pencils, and watercolors, before experimenting with various textures. Then, refine your drawing and transform it into a base for the final artwork.

Time to go digital! Explore the fundamental tools of Photoshop and combine them to improve your illustration. Learn about the concepts of layering, color correction, and shading, up to the final finishing touches.

To wrap up the course, Francisco takes you through different adaptations of your illustration. Learn how to format your work for printing, and discover the best practices for sharing on social media

What is this course's project?

illustrate an imaginary place from scratch, starting with analog tools and finishing on Photoshop.

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone interested in learning a variety of illustration techniques.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of Photoshop is helpful, but not necessary.

To take this course, you need art supplies like a sketchbook, pencils, an eraser, a pen, watercolors, and anything else you’d like to use. You will also need access to Photoshop, or a similar software.


Francisco Fonseca

A course by Francisco Fonseca

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Illustrator and Artist

Francisco Fonseca is an illustrator born and raised in Paço de Sousa, a small village in Portugal. Since he was a child, he has shown great interest in representation through drawing, being strongly influenced by the spaces that surrounded him. Still, to this day, nothing has changed. After completing his master's in drawing at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto in 2018, he dedicated himself full time to illustration.

In addition to several solo and group exhibitions like À mão (2019) and Lugares, he founded Porta 98, and is co-founder of Garden Skate Co. Francisco also dedicates himself to the investigation of myths and legends, and he tries to give a voice to the inhabitants of his city. Through his illustrations, he aims to build a bridge between different generations to rescue a cultural heritage from oblivion, which he considers to be brimming with richness.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Preparation: References and Basic Skills

    • Finding Inspiration
    • Drawing Techniques
    • The Sketchbook as an Experimental Tool
  • U3

    Experimenting and Creating the Base Sketch

    • Making a Folder of Textures
    • How to Refine a Sketch
  • U4

    Digitizing the Illustration

    • Combining Textures and Sketches
    • The Key Layering Concepts
    • Shading and Color Correction
    • Finishing the Illustration
  • U5

    Adapting, Printing, and Posting on Social Media

    • Different Adaptations
    • Printing and Sharing the Image Online
  • FP

    Final project

    • Imaginary Places: Draw, Paint, and Digitize on Photoshop

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 Imaginary Places: Draw, Paint, and Digitize on Photoshop. Illustration course by Francisco Fonseca

Imaginary Places: Draw, Paint, and Digitize on Photoshop

A course by Francisco Fonseca
Illustrator and Artist. Porto, Portugal.
Joined April 2021
  • 148 students