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Vibrant Urban Illustration with Gouache Paint

A course by Mike Thomas
Travel Artist and Urban Sketcher. London, United Kingdom.
Joined September 2021
, Travel Artist and Urban Sketcher

Transform the shapes, shadows, and colors of the world around you into vibrant artwork that captures the energy of a scene using gouache paint

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  • 100% positive reviews (2)
  • 602 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Transform the shapes, shadows, and colors of the world around you into vibrant artwork that captures the energy of a scene using gouache paint



  • 100% positive reviews (2)
  • 602 students
  • 16 lessons (2h 41m)
  • 14 additional resources (6 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

Gouache is a versatile material that lets you paint beautifully smooth urban scenes that burst with color. Mike Thomas is an independent freelance travel artist, illustrator, and graphic designer specializing in gouache landscape paintings. Mike has worked in the creative industry for over ten years, collaborated with brands including Bonhams Auctioneers, and exhibited his work at multiple art shows.

In this online course, Mike shows you how to paint vibrant urban illustrations with gouache. Practice the basics of working with this material and learn to channel your creative voice onto the canvas by exploring perspective, form, and color.
Capture the world around you with the creative possibilities of gouache.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Getting to Know the Gouache
  • U3
    U3. Shopfront Artwork
  • U4
    U4. What’s Next!
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Get to know your teacher. Mike outlines his artistic journey, from his first experiences with gouache to a career in graphic design. Delve into his philosophies as an artist and his influences including Bob Ross and Vincent van Gogh.

Study the fundamentals of gouache. Identify the best paints and brushes to use, and learn to layer colors by painting silhouette landscapes. Explore color theory, create a color wheel, and blend your paints to create perfect skies and landscapes.

Use your learnings to start painting an urban storefront. Break down the scene into logical shapes and forms, sketch out your painting, and paint the first layers of your final project. Build textures and create focal points for your viewer, before personalizing your painting with details that reflect your style.

Put the finishing touches to your completed painting, then preserve your work by mounting and framing it. To wrap up the course, Mike discusses how to share your art with the world, take on commissions, and apply to be featured in galleries and exhibitions.

What is this course's project?

Paint a storefront using gouache techniques.

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone who wants to improve their painting skills or learn a new style of illustration.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge or experience is required as you will learn Mike’s techniques from scratch.

In terms of materials, you will need paper, brushes, and a set of gouache watercolor paints to complete this course.


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Mike Thomas

A course by Mike Thomas

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Travel Artist and Urban Sketcher

Mike Thomas is an artist and tutor with over 10 years’ experience as a graphic designer. He lives and works in London and the South East of the UK. After spending the majority of childhood painting and drawing, Mike studied art at high school before enrolling in arts college, and earning a BA in Creative Arts from University. After graduating, Mike moved to London to pursue a career in graphic design.

Since then, Mike has worked with brands including Arsenal FC and Bonhams Auctioneers, and his work has been featured at exhibitions including Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Society Summer Exhibition (2022), South East Open Art Studio (2022), and the Art Escape Exhibition (2020). Mike also shares his work with 14K followers on Instagram.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Getting to Know the Gouache

    • About Gouache and Materials
    • The Theory of Colour
    • Skies and Landscapes Basics 1
    • Skies and Landscapes Basics 2
  • U3

    Shopfront Artwork

    • Choosing the Reference
    • The Sketch
    • Blocking In with Colour
    • The Texture 1
    • The Texture 2
    • Adding Details 1
    • Adding Details 2
    • Adding Details 3
  • U4

    What’s Next!

    • Framing Options
    • Sharing Your Artwork
  • FP

    Final project

    • Vibrant Urban Illustration with Gouache Paint

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Vibrant Urban Illustration with Gouache Paint. Illustration course by Mike Thomas Best seller

Vibrant Urban Illustration with Gouache Paint

A course by Mike Thomas
Travel Artist and Urban Sketcher. London, United Kingdom.
Joined September 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (2)
  • 602 students