Get to the heart of a character drawing funny process and transfer it to a wall
The creative process of an artist is as unique as his DNA or as his username on Instagram. Fab Ciraolo, Chilean artist and illustrator, has developed his creative process by appropriating the collective imaginary to dismantle it and convert it into fun illustrations of characters with which he seeks to convey ideas of change, freedom and reinvention.
In this course you will learn to create an illustration of an emblematic character using the creative process of Fab Ciraolo, which combines hand drawing, photomontages and application of filters and textures in a fun and different way. Additionally, you will learn to create a version of your illustration ready to move to a wall.
What's included in this course?
You will start by knowing Fab, who will give you a tour of some of his most important illustrations, both on paper and on walls, and then talk about his influences that range from pop art to music groups like Babasónicos .
Before you start drawing, you will do an introspective and observation analysis to decide the character you want to draw. Fab will choose Gabriela Mistral, first Nobel Prize for Literature in Chile. Before drawing you will look for graphic resources, bibliography and reports to define what your character really is.
You will start to sketch your character by inspiring you in the photographs you have collected but, above all, letting your hand flow. Fab will do this part of the process on paper, but you can use Adobe Photoshop or any other media that you think is convenient or, rather, more fun.
You will take your sketch to Photoshop to make the digital layout and combine the face you have created with a body based on photos, creating what Fab calls a "Frankenstein". You will also incorporate background elements into your drawing. Fab, for example, will draw Gabriela Mistral on a swing in the sky.
To complete the illustration, you will begin to apply color, starting with the skin and then moving on to the dressing room and additional elements. Finally, you will define the background of your character using a digital montage with photos and create the atmosphere of your illustration using filters and textures.
Finally, Fab will guide you through the process of printing your artwork. First, he will explain the technical considerations that must be taken into account before sending the finished work to print, and then teach you how to assemble the print puzzle and paste it into a wall.
What is this course project about?
You will create an illustration of an emblematic character reinterpreting it, through a combined process between drawing and digital graphic materials. You can print your artwork to paste on a wall using the technique of paste up .
Who is it aimed at?
To people who are interested in illustration and learn a fun and dynamic creative process using few resources.
You will need to have knowledge of drawing and Adobe Photoshop, in addition to a computer with the software installed. Finally, you will also need a graphics tablet.
For the printing process and paste up need: some sheets for laser printing, scissors, brush and vinyl adhesive (glue) or aqueous for decoration; and a wall to practice, which can be that of your own room.
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Fab Ciraolo is an artist and illustrator from Santiago de Chile. He considers himself a visceral artist and his ideas come from the deepest and most significant thoughts and memories of his life. His work is a time machine that always travels towards a colorful, irreverent and personal future.
Based on drawing, illustration and painting, he appropriates the collective imaginary to disassemble and reconvert it, decontextualizing great people of popular culture to create powerful images with their own lives. His work is in countries as remote as China and has been printed on all types of everyday objects.