Digital Illustration Techniques for Engaging Stories

A course by Mojo Wang
Illustrator and Comic Artist. New York, United States.
Joined September 2021
, Illustrator and Comic Artist

Learn to transform narratives into meaningful digital art inspired by everyday life through color, line work, layers, and light

  • 100% positive reviews (4)
  • 207 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn to transform narratives into meaningful digital art inspired by everyday life through color, line work, layers, and light



  • 100% positive reviews (4)
  • 207 students
  • 14 lessons (2h 17m)
  • 26 additional resources (12 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


Want to create illustrations that speak louder than words? Mojo Wang is an award-winning illustrator, comic artist, and expert in condensing stories into images, or as he likes to call them, visual essays. His signature style, characterized by bold colors, sharp linework, and layers of detail, has led him to collaborate with major brands like Nike and Kiehl's, as well as magazines such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and WIRED.

In this online course, learn illustration techniques to create meaningful digital art with a narrative thread. Mojo teaches you how to take inspiration from everyday life and transform your ideas into visually engaging illustrations using lines, layers, colors and light. Ready to draw your own digital story?

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Points to Know before We Start
  • U3
    U3. Working with Photoshop
  • U4
    U4. Polishing and Exporting the Illustration
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet Mojo Wang, illustrator, comic artist, and your teacher for the course. He tells you about his creative journey, relocating from China to reinvent his career in New York City, as well as the artists that inspire him and the work he creates.

Discover what a visual essay is and how to weave a narrative thread into your art. Then, choose a meaningful topic to illustrate and put together a mood board before sketching your ideas in a series of thumbnails.

Move on to Photoshop and start shaping your digital illustration. Mojo guides you through the process step by step, explaining how to define a color palette, achieve sharp linework, and use layers for flat coloring. He also shows you techniques to add details, highlights, and shadows.

Put the finishing touches on your illustration and learn to export it in different file types for printing. To wrap up, Mojo gives you some tips on how to break into the publishing and communications industry.

What is this course's project?

Create a narrative illustration in Photoshop based on your own life experiences or a topic of your choice.

Who is this online course for?

Illustrators, artists, and anyone who wants to learn how to combine storytelling with digital illustration.

Requirements and materials

Basic drawing skills and a working knowledge of Photoshop are required for this course.

As for materials, you need a pencil and paper, an iPad and Apple Pencil (any tablet and stylus will do), and a computer with Photoshop. The Astropad app is also recommended if you’re using an iPad.


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Mojo Wang

A course by Mojo Wang

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Illustrator and Comic Artist

Mojo Wang is a self-taught illustrator from China who is currently based in New York City. He started his career as a freelancer before working as a photo editor at ELLEMEN magazine in China. Yearning for more, he moved to New York to study a fine arts masters at SVA, where he redefined his style and learned the value of storytelling through images. Since then, he’s continued to hone his skills and experiment with techniques to grow as an artist, while striking a balance between making a living and enjoying his craft.

The bold colors, sharp linework, and engaging messages in his illustrations have led him to work with major brands like Nike and Kiehl's, as well as a variety of magazines including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Economist, Billboard Magazine, WIRED, and The Wall Street Journal. He has also received multiple awards from the Society of Illustrators and the AI-AP.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Who Is Mojo Again?
    • Influences
  • U2

    Points to Know before We Start

    • What is a Visual Essay?
    • Your Illustration Topic
    • Mood Boards and Inspiration
    • Visualizing Ideas through Thumbnails
  • U3

    Working with Photoshop

    • The Sketch
    • Defining Colors
    • The Linework
    • Flat Coloring and Layers
    • Details, Highlights and Shadows
  • U4

    Polishing and Exporting the Illustration

    • Final Touches
    • Exporting and Printing Your Work
    • Finding Editorial Work
  • FP

    Final project

    • Digital Illustration Techniques for Engaging Stories

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Digital Illustration Techniques for Engaging Stories. Illustration course by Mojo Wang

Digital Illustration Techniques for Engaging Stories

A course by Mojo Wang
Illustrator and Comic Artist. New York, United States.
Joined September 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (4)
  • 207 students