Travel Sketchbook Illustration with Gouache

A course by Jessica Smith , Ilustradora y artista

Ilustradora y artista. Bath, United Kingdom.
Joined May 2022

Explore the versatility of gouache to capture vivid landscapes and scenes from your travels in a sketchbook

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

Explore the versatility of gouache to capture vivid landscapes and scenes from your travels in a sketchbook

Taking photos is a great way to remember a trip, but with a travel sketchbook, you can recreate those magical moments through your personal lens. Jessica Smith is a professional artist and illustrator who loves to keep a visual record of the places she visits, and gouache is her medium of choice. The bright and playful style she developed through sketchbooking has led her to collaborate with clients like Kate Spade, Adobe, Tombow, and Simon and Schuster.

In this online course, learn how to capture your favorite destinations using gouache. Explore color, composition, and painting techniques to recreate vibrant scenes from your travels. Swap your camera for a brush and create memories on paper.

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What will you learn in this online course?

17 lessons & 12 downloads

The Travel Sketchbook
18 minutes, 22 seconds
The Materials
6 minutes, 37 seconds
An Introduction to Gouache
15 minutes, 4 seconds
Sketching and Composition
7 minutes, 35 seconds
Choosing the Colour Palette
4 minutes, 29 seconds
Painting the Base Layer 1
11 minutes, 9 seconds
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  • 2950 students
  • 17 lessons (2h 49m)
  • 12 additional resources (1 files)
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  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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What is this course's project?

Paint several still-lifes and a double-page spread of a landscape in your sketchbook.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wants to learn more about gouache and ways to paint landscape illustrations of their favorite places.

Requirements and materials

Basic notions of drawing and painting are required.

As for materials, you need a sketchbook, colored pencils, a sharpener, traditional and acrylic gouache paints, brushes, and a mixing palette. You also need access to a scanner and a computer with Photoshop if you decide to digitize your illustration.


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Jessica Smith

A course by Jessica Smith

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Ilustradora y artista

Jessica Smith is a freelance illustrator and artist currently living in Bath, UK. Driven by her childhood love of drawing, she chose a career path in the arts. While studying illustration, she posted her work online to track her progress, which caught the eye of an agency and led to her first commissions. Since then, she’s worked on a huge range of projects, from packaging and advertising to children's books.

Jessica’s illustration style is playful and bold, characterized by bright colors and a positive feel. She primarily uses gouache and digital tools for her compositions, but enjoys experimenting with all types of media.
Her clients include Oxfam, Paperchase, Kate Spade, Adobe, Tombow, Stabilo, Canva, Simon and Schuster, Hardie Grant, and Good Housekeeping.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Painting Preparation

    • The Travel Sketchbook
    • The Materials
    • Reference Imagery
    • An Introduction to Gouache
    • Colour Theory and Colour Palettes 1
    • Colour Theory and Colour Palettes 2
  • U3

    The Course Project

    • Sketching and Composition
    • Choosing the Colour Palette
    • Painting the Base Layer 1
    • Painting the Base Layer 2
    • Adding Details 1
    • Adding Details 2
    • Adding Shadow
  • U4

    After You've Finished

    • Scanning and Adjustments
    • Sharing Online
  • FP

    Final project

    • Travel Sketchbook Illustration with Gouache

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Travel Sketchbook Illustration with Gouache. Illustration course by Jessica Smith

Travel Sketchbook Illustration with Gouache

A course by Jessica Smith
Ilustradora y artista. Bath, United Kingdom.
Joined May 2022
  • 100% positive reviews (80)
  • 2950 students