Illustration with Digital Airbrushing

A course by DSORDER
Illustrator and designer. Barcelona, Spain.
On Domestika since 09/21/2009
, Illustrator and designer

Create illustrations based on the 80's and 90's airbrush technique with Illustrator and Photoshop

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (27)
  • 505 students

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Illustration with Digital Airbrushing

Create illustrations based on the 80's and 90's airbrush technique with Illustrator and Photoshop

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (27)
  • 505 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 19 Lessons (4h 1m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
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In design, as in fashion, the trends are cyclical and from time to time they reappear perfected and with a twist. This is the case of airbrushing, which has made the leap to the digital world with the help of artists such as DSORDER - a pseudonym of the art director Martí Serra - who has exchanged the airbrush for a computer to create nostalgic as well as futuristic works.

In this course you will learn to create an illustration using the technique of digital airbrushing, simulating the texture of crystals, liquids and chromed materials without making use of 3D programs.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Introduction to traditional airbrushing
  • U3
    U3. The project
  • U4
    U4. Volumes, gradients and colorization
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will start by getting to know Martí and his educational and professional career within the world of design. It will teach you some of its most outstanding projects and its artistic influences. It will also show you traditional airbrushing artists that work with different types of materials and finishes.

Before you start working on your digital airbrush, you must lay a theoretical and practical foundation. You will analyze different illustrations of traditional airbrushing artists and Martí will explain the different shapes through masks. You will also have a short introduction to Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop , focused on the tools you will need for this course.

You will do an exercise of search and observation of references, based on materials that we can find in our day to day: chromed things, glasses or liquids, to see how the light reacts in them.

You will start to make your sketch, first in pencil and then adjust it in Photoshop. Once adjusted, you will draw it in Illustrator where you will create the templates that will later serve you in Photoshop to make gradients and volumes.

You will color your drawing and you will create details of brightness, chrome and gradients. Finally, you will take care of the more detailed effects outside the masks, which will help you to touch up the brightness and saturation before exporting your project for web or printing.

What is this course's project?

You will create an illustration based on the airbrushing of the 80s and 90s that will help you create the cover of a disc or book, a poster or a shirt.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To illustrators, designers and professionals of the lettering who want to equip their works with realism.

What you need

You will need basic drawing skills and basic mastery of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop .

As for the materials, you will need a computer with the above mentioned programs, a graphic tablet, paper, pencil, eraser and a mobile phone to take pictures of your sketch.


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A course by DSORDER

Illustrator and designer

DSORDER is the pseudonym of Martí Serra, art director, illustrator and graphic designer originally from Manlleu, a small town near Barcelona (Spain). He has more than fifteen years of experience working for studios and advertising agencies in Madrid and Barcelona and, for seven years, he has practiced his profession as a freelance.

Martí has worked with clients such as Apple, Hard Rock and PlayStation, and has been published in media such as Fubiz, Yorokobu and Behance Portfolio Reviews.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What we will do during the course
  • U2

    Introduction to traditional airbrushing

    • The process of traditional airbrushing
    • Introduction to Illustrator
    • Introduction to Photoshop
  • U3

    The project

    • Brief for our project
    • Sketch and digital adjustment
    • Sketch drawing in Illustrator
    • Drawing the sketch in Illustrator II
    • Drawing the sketch in Illustrator III
    • Export for photoshop
  • U4

    Volumes, gradients and colorization

    • Exercise range of colors
    • Volumes of the forms and 3d I
    • Volumes of the forms and 3d II
    • Details on materials I
    • Details on materials II
    • Effects outside mask
    • Export of the project
  • FP

    Final project

    • Digital illustration: from the first hand sketch to finishing with Illustrator and Photoshop to represent different materials

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Illustration with Digital Airbrushing. A Illustration course by DSORDER

Illustration with Digital Airbrushing

A course by DSORDER
Illustrator and designer. Barcelona, Spain.
On Domestika since 09/21/2009
  • 100% Positive reviews (27)
  • 505 students