Acrylic Techniques for Creative Illustration

Online course Acrylic Techniques for Creative Illustration by Jon Berkeley

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Who is it for?

This course is for anyone interested in learning how to paint with acrylics while developing ideas for strong, punchy illustrations. No previous experience with acrylic is necessary, however, experienced painters can improve their painting and creative concept development skills with this course also.

What you need

Previous experience is not required to take this course, as Jon shows you how to paint with acrylics right from the basics.

As for materials, you will need soft pencils (2B, 4B), an eraser, layout paper or similar, acrylic paints, and synthetic watercolor or acrylic brushes (flat and round) in various sizes. Acid-free drawing paper (240-300 lb), a prepared canvas, or illustration board, a flat-bed scanner (or access to scanning service), a computer, and Adobe Photoshop. If you don’t want to do the final details of your piece digitally, you can take the course without the last two requirements.

Course overview
20 Lessons (4h 19m)
18 downloads (15 files)
17 exercises
Course Final Project
U1: Introduction
What Will We Do in the Course?
U2: Preparation
Materials You Will Need
The Sketching Habit
Painting Techniques 1
Painting Techniques 2
Painting Techniques 3
U3: The Sketch Stage
Preparing for Our Conceptual Illustration
Who Let the Ideas Out? Concept Sketching
Collecting and Shooting References
Working Sketch
U4: Creating Your Painting
Painting the Background
Blocking In
The Main Feature 1
The Main Feature 2
U5: Spit and Polish
Spit and Polish 1
Spit and Polish 2
Scan and Enhance Your Illustration
Final Project
  • 20 Lessons (4h 19m)
  •  18 Additional resources (15 files)
  •  Online and at your own pace
  •  Available from the app
  •  Audio: English
  •  Subtitles: EnglishSpanishPortugueseGermanFrenchItalian
  •  Level: BEGINNER
  •  Unlimited access forever
  •  Certificate upon completion of the course
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