How to Create Fine Line Vector Portraits

A course by Matt Curtis , Illustrator

Illustrator. New York, United States.
Joined August 2021

Learn how to create stunning fine line art portraits by using various inking techniques to make your artwork stand out.

100% positive reviews (10)
681 students
Audio: English
English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to create stunning fine line art portraits by using various inking techniques to make your artwork stand out.

Are you passionate about illustration and eager to expand your creative abilities? Join renowned freelance illustrator, Matt Curtis, in this captivating online course where you'll discover the art of creating detailed vector illustrations. With a focus on Matt's signature scratchboard style, you'll learn how to use Adobe Fresco and digital vector brushes to craft captivating black-and-white fine-line art portraits.

In this online course, you will embark on an artistic journey, diving into the world of vector inking techniques. Matt will guide you through the entire process, from preparing the reference image to applying line work using different layers. You'll master the art of sketching and round out your illustrations with intricate details, creating high-contrast, dramatic portraits that will leave a lasting impact.

Throughout the course, you'll unleash your creativity as Matt shares invaluable tips and techniques to develop your illustration skills. Whether you're a beginner with a basic knowledge of drawing or an experienced artist looking to explore digital art, this course offers a unique opportunity to elevate your artistic prowess and communicate thoughts, concepts, and emotions through drawing.

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What will you learn in this online course?

12 lessons & 15 downloads

Preparing the Reference Image
6 minutes, 10 seconds
Vector Drawing in Fresco
7 minutes, 30 seconds
Drawing Exercises
11 minutes, 5 seconds
Starting the Portrait
8 minutes, 43 seconds
Establishing Tones
7 minutes, 5 seconds
Adding Ink
11 minutes, 5 seconds
  • 100% positive reviews (10)
  • 681 students
  • 12 lessons (1h 38m)
  • 15 additional resources (4 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

What is this course's project?

In this enriching course, your final project will be an exciting black-and-white fine-line art portrait of a person of your choice. Using the techniques learned throughout the course, you'll create a captivating and expressive illustration that showcases your newfound skills and artistic vision.

Who is this online course for?

This course is perfect for anyone with a passion for drawing and a basic knowledge of the craft. Whether you're an aspiring artist looking to venture into the world of digital illustration or an experienced illustrator eager to explore new techniques, Matt Curtis' engaging teaching style and insightful guidance make this course suitable for all skill levels. All you need is a tablet with Adobe Fresco and a drawing stylus to embark on this transformative creative journey.

Requirements and materials

To dive into this exciting online course, you'll need a tablet equipped with Adobe Fresco and a compatible drawing stylus. Matt Curtis will provide the rest, nurturing your creative abilities as you develop your own captivating black-and-white fine-line art portraits. With enthusiasm and a desire to learn, you're ready to bring your artistic visions to life and embrace the world of digital illustration. Join now and expand your drawing ability with the guidance of a true artistic master!


681 Students
10 Reviews
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Matt Curtis

A course by Matt Curtis

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Meet Matt Curtis, a talented freelance illustrator renowned for his captivating scratchboard style of illustration. With a passion for communicating thoughts, concepts, and emotions through drawing, Matt's work can be found on a wide array of products, including sportswear, toy packaging, magazine covers, and band T-shirts. His high-contrast portraits, combining hand-drawn stylus sketching with bold vector graphics, resonate with a sense of depth and emotion, making each illustration a true work of art.

Driven by a desire to express the way he sees the world, Matt Curtis developed his signature scratchboard style, a unique blend of inking techniques that allows him to compose highly detailed illustrations. As your mentor in this transformative course, Matt will share his expertise, empowering you to master vector inking techniques and create your own captivating fine-line art portraits with Adobe Fresco. Join Matt Curtis on this inspiring artistic journey and unlock the potential of digital illustration with his captivating teaching style and artistic mastery.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Getting Ready

    • Preparing the Reference Image
    • Vector Drawing in Fresco
    • Drawing Exercises
  • U3

    Making the Drawing

    • Starting the Portrait
    • Establishing Tones
    • Adding Ink
    • The Finishing Details
  • U4

    Sharing and Showcasing Your Work

    • Exporting the Image
    • Adding Color and Filters
    • Filming the Process
  • FP

    Final project

    • How to create fine line art portraits in vectors

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How to Create Fine Line Vector Portraits. Illustration course by Matt Curtis

How to Create Fine Line Vector Portraits

A course by Matt Curtis
Illustrator. New York, United States.
Joined August 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (10)
  • 681 students