Dynamic Illustrations: Drawings that Pop Out of the Paper

A course by Ryan Smallman , Illustrator

Illustrator. São Paulo, Brazil.
Joined January 2022

Discover how to craft vibrant, dynamic illustrations. Improve your drawing skills and create captivating artwork that leaps off the page.

  • Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (19)
  • 1147 students

Discover how to craft vibrant, dynamic illustrations. Improve your drawing skills and create captivating artwork that leaps off the page.

A course by Ryan Smallman

Enter the exciting world of illustration with Ryan Smallman, a leading artist whose work is distinguished by its dynamism, organic strokes and vibrant colors that defy the limits of perspective. You'll explore how to create illustrations that transcend the 2D plane and come to life.

Ryan has collaborated with industry giants such as Disney, Marvel and Warner Bros, and has made his mark on projects such as posters for The Batman movie and Spider-Man pieces for Epic Games, among others. His passion for pop culture and superheroes is reflected in every stroke of his illustrations, and now, he will share his knowledge with you.

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What will you learn in this online course?

15 lessons & 23 downloads

Point of view and scale
4 minutes, 12 seconds
Composition and thumbnail
20 minutes, 30 seconds
Pencil: refining the details
16 minutes, 41 seconds
Colorization 1
15 minutes, 20 seconds
Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (19)
  • 1147 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 23m)
  • 23 additional resources (5 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Portuguese
  • Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

You will create a version of your favorite character from pop culture. Following Ryan's lessons, you will apply all the concepts learned to bring a three-dimensional illustration to life, reflecting your creativity and mastery of the techniques taught in the course. This final project will allow you to apply your knowledge in a practical and challenging way.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is ideal for aspiring illustrators and art enthusiasts who want to explore new dimensions in their creations. Ryan's teachings are suitable for both experienced artists and those taking their first steps into the world of illustration. Your technical skill level doesn't matter; what's important is your passion for developing vibrant and lively characters. Ready to inject energy and vitality into your artwork?

Requirements and materials

To make the most of this course, it's recommended to have a basic understanding of perspective in drawing. Ryan uses Photoshop and a graphic tablet in his lessons, but if you don't have these materials, you can still follow the classes using analog methods. The essential thing here is your enthusiasm and desire to dive into the fascinating world of illustration. So, prepare your artistic tools and get ready to embark on a unique creative journey.


1147 Students
19 Reviews
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Ryan Smallman

A course by Ryan Smallman

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Meet Ryan Smallman, a passionate freelance illustrator with a deep love for pop culture and art. His experience includes collaborations with industry giants such as Disney, Marvel, and Warner Bros. He has also made a mark at prominent events like the Artists' Alley at CCXP and received a HQ Mix award nomination for New Talent for his independent comic "Busker."

Ryan's work is characterized by dynamic energy, organic strokes, and vibrant color palettes, always pushing the boundaries of perspective. In this course, Ryan shares his passion for pop culture and superheroes, aiming to help you capture maximum energy and dynamism in your illustrations, bringing them to life. Join him on this exciting creative journey and discover how to breathe life into your illustrations while exploring new dimensions in your art.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Preparation and how to visualize your art

    • Thinking in 3D
    • Point of view and scale
    • Silhouette: the most important principle!
  • U3

    Realization of the idea

    • Theme and semantic panel
    • Composition and thumbnail
    • Creation of photographic references
  • U4

    Completion of the work

    • Pencil: refining the details
    • Final artwork: cleaning up the line
    • Colorization 1
    • Colorization 2
    • Finishing and final touches
  • U5

    Export and share

    • Share your drawing
    • How to create a GIF of your process
  • FP

    Final project

    • Dynamic compositions for comics

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Dynamic Illustrations: Drawings that Pop Out of the Paper. Illustration course by Ryan Smallman

Dynamic Illustrations: Drawings that Pop Out of the Paper

A course by Ryan Smallman
Illustrator. São Paulo, Brazil.
Joined January 2022
  • 100% positive reviews (19)
  • 1147 students