Combine manual and digital techniques to create a trendy illustration
For Robert Tirado - a Venezuelan artist specializing in fashion - the catwalks of Milan, Paris or New York serve as inspiration to create illustrations with mixed techniques that have accompanied the pages of publications such as Harper's Bazaar and Glamor.
In this course you will learn to create your own fashion illustration of a female runway, combining manual and digital techniques, based on the work of a designer of your choice, from its conceptualization to the final art.
About this course
You will begin by knowing Robert and his work, especially that focused on fashion illustration. He will also tell you about some of his sources of inspiration and references.
Before giving your first strokes, you will document yourself and look for reference images to be able to develop concepts and start illustrating.
Together with Robert, you will carry out a drawing practice based on a photographic base and you will learn the main differences between a masculine face and a feminine face when drawing them. You will learn to contribute hair details and visual textures of some surfaces to your drawing.
You will make a collage using your references to give rise to new images and learn about the hierarchy of the elements of composition, silhouettes and integration of the whole set.
Robert encourages you to experiment with some materials, and with the help of a scanner or a camera, you will take samples to create a small tool bank that you will use in the process of colorizing the illustration.
You will draw and apply different techniques, combining manual and digital elements until you get the result you are looking for.
Finally, you will adjust the composition, the complements and the background and learn how to mount your illustration on a mockup of a magazine page to visualize your illustration in the proper context.
What is this course's project?
You will make an illustration of women's fashion with mixed media, based on the conceptualization and ending in its execution and subsequent digital retouching.
Who is it for?
To designers, illustrators and any creative person who wants to start or deepen the world of fashion illustration and, through it, discover mixed illustration techniques.
What you need
You only need basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop or a similar program and eager to learn and experiment.
As for the materials, you will need a computer with Adobe Photoshop, a graphics tablet and a scanner, although with the camera of your mobile phone it is already enough. You will also need the paints and tools that you want to apply to your illustration: watercolor, ink, brushes, papers and any other material of your choice.
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Robert Tirado is a multidisciplinary artist from Caracas (Venezuela) based in Madrid (Spain). In recent years he has specialized in the world of illustration and his work is characterized by the use and combination of manual and digital techniques to create exceptional pieces.
The main inspiration of his work is female beauty and fashion, something that has led him to collaborate with magazines such as Harper's Bazaar or Glamor Mag and publishers such as the prestigious Taschen.
In addition, Robert spends his time teaching and workshops at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Madrid (Spain).