Learn how to develop your own drawing style with illustration techniques in Adobe Photoshop
If you want to express yourself through illustration, your ability to draw is only part of the equation—you also need to be willing to explore the unknown and look for inspiration in unexpected places. Illustrator Helder Oliveira creates fan art with a signature style that’s inspired by pop culture, children and young adults like the TV show Castelo Rá-Tim-Bum, Pokémon, and The Chronicles of Narnia.
In this course, learn how to create fan art in Adobe Photoshop using digital techniques. Join Helder and create illustrations with your own distinct style and share them on social media.
Start the course by meeting Helder Oliveira, who tells you about his professional experience as an illustrator. He also shows you his biggest artistic influences and explains basic concepts of fan art compositions.
Next, explore the characteristic features of different illustration styles and then start mapping out your project. Learn how to shape and define the theme of your fan art and create a mood board with references to give your project focus.
Next, create a series of hand-drawn or digital sketches and gradually develop your own fan art illustration style. Start by working with shapes and outlines, then add details and complementary features, and finally, create a color palette that reflects your artistic style.
Add the finishing touches on your project by adding light, shadows, lines, and contrast. Helder wraps up the course with some tips on how to make your work stand out and promote it on social media.
What is this course’s project?
Use digital techniques to create a fan art piece inspired by a theme of your choice and share your project on social media.
Who is it for?
Anyone interested in fan art who wants to develop their own signature illustration style.
What you need
Basic knowledge of Photoshop or similar design programs is recommended.
The materials for this course include a computer with Windows 10 or macOS 10.12 (or later), Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 (or later), and a graphics tablet (optional).