Learn to combine traditional pictorial techniques to give your illustrations a unique finish
In art, experimentation inevitably involves discovery and, as a result of each failed or successful experiment, the artist's style evolves and is further defined. If you are interested in working on the fusion of different techniques, you are in the right place.
In this course, the illustrator and professor Jorge Sefy will invite you to experiment with traditional drawing and coloring techniques, and combine them to discover your own style. You will learn to design original characters using acrylics, inks, oils and more.
About this course
In the first place you will meet Jorge and a little of his professional career, he will show you his work and what his favorite references are when drawing. He will tell you about the authors and illustrators that most inspire him and have influenced him most as an illustrator, showing you his works and his books. And to start this course, he will propose you to carry out an illustration project with traditional techniques.
You will take a tour of the different materials that you can use in your project. Next, you will begin to propose a character design in which it will be necessary to make a sketch of color and lighting. You will end up retouching, cleaning the drawing and transferring it to the final support.
You will learn to apply volume and texture to your drawing using mainly ink and acrylic. You will start by defining the drawing with a pen screen, highlighting all the details and textures. Then, you will make an analysis of the general volume of the drawing to make a grille with diluted acrylic. Then you will learn to mask the drawing to work a simple background using the airbrush.
In the next unit you will get fully involved with the course: color. To apply color to your project, you will use the technique of diluted acrylic applied by transparent layers or glazes. You will learn different methods and materials of primer and protection of the drawing, since its final finish will be done with small touches of oil.
Once your project is finished, you must present it in the best way. In the last unit of this course, you will learn about the importance of varnishing, scanning, digital retouching and final presentation.
What is this course's project?
You will create an illustration of a character invented in full color, using the drawing and color techniques that you will learn in the course.
Although the course shows a very specific drawing style, the techniques that will be shown can also be applied to any type of drawing, be it of the cartoon , realistic, comic or any other type.
Who is it for?
To illustrators, designers, artists and anyone interested in exploring different traditional painting techniques and creating characters.
What you need
You will need to have basic notions of drawing and have had a first contact with some color technique.
With regard to materials, you will mainly need pens, brushes, acrylics, oils, watercolor paper and bodybuilder tape.
Additionally, and optionally, you can use an airbrush, masking liquid and spray varnish.
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Jorge Sefy is passionate about fantasy worlds and adventure stories, whether they are stories, books, movies or video games. Since childhood, he has tried to recreate something similar, drawing and painting, inspired by the work of different artists such as Alan Lee and his illustrations of The Lord of the Rings, Beatrix Potter and his fables, or the bestiaries of Tony Diterlizzi.
Currently, in his career as an illustrator, he is dedicated to work related to advertising or design, but his true vocation is editorial illustration and character design, things he develops in his work as a teacher and in different personal projects.