Digital Illustration with Volume and Texture

A course by Sergio Edwards
Illustrator. Santiago, Chile.
On Domestika since 09/03/2019
, Illustrator

Learn how to give a 3D look to your illustrations with light, shadow, and color techniques using Photoshop

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (63)
  • 804 students
Digital Illustration with Volume and Texture

Learn how to give a 3D look to your illustrations with light, shadow, and color techniques using Photoshop

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (63)
  • 804 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 18 Lessons (2h 34m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

Illustrating a great character goes beyond recreating their features. With your imagination and good technical skills, you can also define their personality and gestures so that they express what you have in mind in a tangible and evident way.

In this course, illustrator Sergio Edwards will teach you how to create a digital illustration in his own particular style: giving it a 3D effect with lights and shadows, and with characters that are both expressive and colorful. To do this, he will show you all the technical steps and share his brushes so that you can capture everything you have in mind.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Before taking the pencil
  • U3
    U3. Let's do it
  • U4
    U4. The final tightening
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start by getting to know a little more about Sergio, his work and his career, in addition to taking a tour of the artists who have most influenced him at different times in his life when it comes to illustrating.

Before getting down to work, you will think about what you are going to illustrate. Learn some aspects to take into account when addressing an illustration of the human figure, and then begin to address the idea of ​​your illustration by exploring themes, contexts, styles, references, and more.

After all the theory, it’s time for practice. Using a set of digital brushes that Sergio will provide for you, begin to create your sketch in Adobe Photoshop. Once you have your drawing ready, you will create solid layers of all the elements of the scene, which you will then paint to give them volume, colors, lights, and shadows until you get the final result.

Finally, apply filters and adjustments that will give cohesion to everything painted. Once you have decided that your illustration is painted, learn how to apply color adjustment layers, levels, selective correction, among other tools.

You will finish the course by exploring different uses for your illustration: from generating new presentations using the same elements, to its publication on your social networks.

What is this course's project?

You will create an illustration from your own ideas, painted with as much volume, textures, and color possible.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Amateur illustrators who are interested in learning a new way to illustrate with volume, light effects, textures, shadows, and reflections.

What you need

It is necessary to have a computer with Adobe Photoshop installed and basic knowledge of this program. It is also recommended to have a graphics tablet to facilitate the drawing and coloring process.


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Sergio Edwards

A course by Sergio Edwards


Sergio Edwards is a freelance illustrator and his work environment is mainly Adobe Photoshop, where he makes 2D graphics, painting them to give them a 3D look. He works especially in the world of advertising, where he creates colorful campaigns with expressive characters for agencies such as BBDO, Y&R, MullenLowe, and more.

He has been an illustrator for nearly 3 years, a discipline he learned while he was an art director at an advertising agency. He started out making sketches to send to Cannes, the most important advertising festival in the world. Then, he started to make the complete illustrations, several of which have been shortlisted in said festival.

Sergio has worked for clients from China, Hong Kong, the United States, Colombia, Chile, India, Greece, England, Israel, and Chile, among others; the vast majority of them within the advertising sector.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in this course?
  • U2

    Before taking the pencil

    • Drawing, figure and composition tips
    • The beginning of everything: What are you going to illustrate?
    • References
  • U3

    Let's do it

    • Sketch (part 1)
    • Sketch (part 2)
    • Preparing the painting: Everything in layers (part 1)
    • Preparing the painting: Everything in layers (part 2)
    • Basic colors
    • Ambient light
    • Direct light and final painting (part 1)
    • Direct light and final painting (part 2)
  • U4

    The final tightening

    • Settings and order
    • Adjustment layers
    • Noise and end effects
    • Potentials of my illustration
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Digital illustration with volume and texture

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Digital Illustration with Volume and Texture. A Illustration course by Sergio Edwards

Digital Illustration with Volume and Texture

A course by Sergio Edwards
Illustrator. Santiago, Chile.
On Domestika since 09/03/2019
  • 98% Positive reviews (63)
  • 804 students