Capture that sense of spontaneity, those moments where mistakes become something special. And add in the ability to edit in Photoshop, to use a library of textures and brushes to enhance your traditional art too.
There’s something about pencils, ink, and paint that digital art can’t replicate. Broken pencil leads, ink splatters, precious brush strokes, these are all things that lend a sense of humanity to an illustration.
Yeah, you can intentionally create those same things in Photoshop, but what about those wonderful accidents that become something else entirely?
A couple of years ago, after over a decade of illustrating entirely digitally, I started to get the itch to try something different, something fresh. My work was starting to feel stale and oppressive to me so I started searching for some magic.
I liked what was happening in my sketchbook but I was losing something along the way. Eventually, I realized that I wanted to capture the immediacy and spontaneity of my pencil lines in my finished art. And I also realized that even though I felt kind of tired of digital art, I would never tire of being able to easily edit and revise my art in Photoshop.
So I set about finding a way to merge the two things: the way I used pencil and paint on paper and the way I illustrated in Photoshop.
And let me tell you, it was not an easy process. So much trial and error. So much starting and stopping. So many ups and downs and feelings about the whole process.
But eventually, I found a few things that worked!
In hopes of making the process a little easier for you, I’ve made this new class to share what I’ve learned, how I’m building a bridge between pencils and paint and Photoshop.
I'm a bird artist, children's book illustrator, and your creative business guide. After well over a decade of illustrating almost entirely digitally, I felt the traditional art itch again a couple years go.
While I wanted to bring the spontaneity of paint and ink into my art, I also wanted to easily edit and revise my illustrations, so I set up to uncover a few ways to combine traditional art with digital.
And that's what I'm sharing with you in this course, how to capture the best of both traditional and digital art.
The techniques I teach in this course are the same ones I use to illustrate children's books, create art for licensing, and illustrate my favorite subject matter (birds!).
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This course is self-paced. You can begin right away and work at your own pace.
If you have questions during the course, leave a comment under the appropriate video and I’ll respond as quickly as possible.
You have lifetime access to this course.
Nope. While I do have a selection of classes on Skillshare, this class is a deeper dive that includes nearly 5 hours of video + text lessons so it's better suited to hosting on my dedicated teaching and community space.
This is an intermediate Photoshop class, so you'll need at least a basic knowledge of Photoshop to take this class.
This class is taught in the desktop version of Photoshop CC. You may be able to follow along with older versions of Photoshop or the iPad version, but I can't support them. You will also need a tablet like an Intuos, Cintiq or iPad.
For anyone who wants to explore the magic of combining traditional art with digital.
Whatever your favorite supplies are! We will be encouraging lots of observational drawing in this workshop, so at least be prepared with your favorite sketching supplies. Other than that, you need whatever you normally use to create illustrations.
For anyone who wants to be a children’s book illustrator and needs help with portfolio development.
I want you to enjoy this class but if you don’t, I offer a 30 day money back guarantee. If you have watched less than 50% off this class and don’t like it, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org within 30 days of your original purchase date for a full refund. Refunds are not available when over 50% of the content has been watched.
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