Create unique illustrations with digital techniques on handmade textures
Creating a vector portrait that communicates and arouses emotions is only possible if you carry out a creation process that welcomes experimentation, mixing analog and digital techniques, to give a unique and unrepeatable result. Álvaro Tapia Hidalgo has dedicated more than seven years to illustrate original portraits through experimentation and this has led him to collaborate for renowned media such as The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, ESPN, Wired or Newsweek, and also for brands like Adidas, Puma or Heineken, and in this course they will teach you their work process.
You will learn to develop an illustrated portrait using mixed digital and analog techniques. Álvaro will teach you step by step how to develop an illustration from a reference photograph, using vector drawing in Adobe Illustrator, handmade textures and layers in Adobe Photoshop.
About this course
You will start by knowing Álvaro Tapia's work, his commercial projects and his most personal work. In addition, he will tell you how he got into the world of illustration and you will discover some of his references.
You will see his vision of the portrait, the motivations to choose a portrait, a color palette and the use of color, so that you can put them into practice in your project. Then you will stain your hands experimenting with watercolor and ink to create stains and textures on paper that you will then digitize and apply to your portrait.
Álvaro will teach you how to make the vector plot on a reference photograph in Adobe Illustrator and how to modify certain elements and apply a base color.
Then, you will take your vectorized portrait to Adobe Photoshop to learn how to work it in layers, adding the backgrounds and textures you made previously.
You will add details and finishing touches that will enrich your illustration, finishing with a powerful visual style.
Once your vector portrait with textures is finished, Álvaro will teach you to take it one step further with some professional techniques. In addition, it will give you some tips and methods to give your work more expressiveness and character by squeezing all your creativity.
What is this course's project?
You will create an illustrated portrait - it can be a self-portrait or the portrait of a friend or character - by combining the vector drawing in Adobe Illustrator with textures made in watercolor on paper, and then creating the final composition with layers in Adobe Photoshop.
Who is it for?
To designers, illustrators, and image lovers in general in search of new ways to create illustrated portraits combining mixed media.
What you need
It is not necessary to know how to draw, since in this course you will start from a photograph to make your illustrated portrait, but it is essential to have basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
On the materials you will need a computer with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, brushes, paper, watercolors, ink, roller and a scanner.
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Graphic designer and native illustrator from Viña del Mar (Chile). He studied design at the University of Valparaíso and also Film at the Chilean Film School.
He worked for more than ten years in graphic design projects as an art director and also in audiovisual projects as director and post-producer, and it was from 2011 when he decided to devote himself exclusively to illustration, combining traditional and digital image techniques.
He has collaborated with international media such as The New Yorker, ESPN, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Newsweek, The Atlantic or New York Magazine; for brands like Adidas, Puma, Heineken, Mahindra, Atomic or Marc Ecko; and his work has also been exhibited in various exhibitions, galleries and museums in countries such as the United States, Germany, England, Italy, Holland, Colombia, Croatia, Argentina, Spain or Chile.