Drawing Monsters with Adobe Illustrator CC

Learn to create professional vector character illustrations

About the course

Do you want to learn how to create professional vector illustrations using Adobe Illustrator and having fun at the same time? Then this course is perfect for you!

We will be working on three character illustration projects, covering the whole workflow each time from the initial sketches to the fully fledged vector drawings to give you insight into each step of the creative process. As the title of the course suggests these characters will be fun and quirky monsters. You will be able to use the sketches, colours, and elements included with the course and follow along the videos to recreate each artwork OR you can use the techniques demonstrated to create your own versions of these characters and let your imagination run wild.

Don’t worry if you have no experience in character art as the first long chapter of this course covers all the important techniques and concepts used by illustrators to create engaging characters. This course is best suited for anyone who already has a basic understanding of working with Adobe Illustrator as we are going to use advanced techniques like shading with Gradient Meshes, adding texture effects, using Clipping Masks and CC 2019 new features like Freeform Gradients and Global Edit. If you are new to working with Adobe Illustrator I would recommend to start with my Illustrator CC MasterClass before diving into the mysterious and fascinating world of monsters.

You will need Adobe Illustrator to follow along the course, ideally the latest Creative Cloud version, but not older than CC 2015 as we will be working with many newly introduced features. A pen tablet can be useful for taking this course, but it is not necessary. You will be able to finish all the projects without any issues by using a mouse.

If you have what it takes to face these monstrous projects you should enroll now and start learning today!

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

  • 2

    Principles of Character Illustration

    • Telling a story

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    • Shapes

    • Silhouettes

    • Proportions and exaggeration

    • Expressions

    • Posture and body language

    • Scale and perspective

    • Colors

    • Shading

    • Textures and effects

    • Finding inspiration

  • 3

    Project 1 - Vampire

    • Drawing the character

    • Drawing the Cape

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    • Drawing the Coat

    • Drawing the Collar

    • Using Global Edit

    • Shading with Freeform Gradient

    • Adding texture

    • Final thoughts

  • 4

    Project 2 - Puffy Monster

    • Introduction

    • Tracing setup

    • Drawing the body

    • Drawing limbs

    • Using Gradients to define forms

    • Drawing the spikes

    • Adding more gradients

    • Advanced Shading with a Gradient Mesh

    • Adding highlights

    • Cast shadows for the spikes

    • Using an Opacity Mask

    • Drawing the mouth

    • Final thoughts

  • 5

    Project 3 - Little Reaper

    • Introduction

    • Drawing the scythe

    • Drawing the cape and legs

    • Drawing the hood

    • Drawing the skull

    • Drawing the arm

    • Setting up tracing

    • Drawing the hand

    • Adding details to the skull

    • Adding details to the cape

    • Adding more details

    • Drawing the other arm and hand

    • The importance of sketching

    • Initial shading

    • Glowing eyes effect

    • Shading eye sockets

    • Shading the skull with Freeform Gradient

    • Shading the nose

    • Refining the skull

    • Shading the teeth

    • Shading the cape

    • Additional shading with a Gradient Mesh

    • More shading details on the cape

    • Adding cast shadows

    • Organising layers

    • Final thoughts

  • 6

    Conclusion

    • Conclusion

What's included?

  • 60 video lessons

  • 3 creative projects

  • 5 hours

Instructor

Adobe Certified Instructor

Martin Perhiniak

Martin is a graphic designer and an Adobe Certified Instructor. He was a presenter at Adobe Max the ultimate creative in 2018 and was recently voted one of the top 10 Adobe instructors in the world. As a designer and illustrator he worked for companies like Pixar, BBC, Mattel, Accenture and as an instructor taught teams at Transport for London, Google, Ben&Jerry's, House of Lords, Oxford University Press. Over 100,000 students are studying from his online courses from over 200 countries.

Reviews

What others have been saying about this course:

Definitely worth time and money

Lien Mai Phuong

I learned a lot from Martin and didn't regret a thing. He is such a patient and brilliant presenter. He explains everything with extra calmness and clarity a...

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I learned a lot from Martin and didn't regret a thing. He is such a patient and brilliant presenter. He explains everything with extra calmness and clarity and also shows quick demonstration in every part of his speech. Along with the lectures are well prepared exercise files so I didn't miss a chance to practice. I spent seriously a week to learn and apply the lessons to actual work, went from knowing a little about AI to playing with the tool comfortably now. Thank you so much Martin!! Definitely recommend this course!

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Really nice

Melanie Ahne

I really like the way every video is made with a combination of heart and knowledge (: I will definitely recommend it and do more courses! Thank you ...

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I really like the way every video is made with a combination of heart and knowledge (: I will definitely recommend it and do more courses! Thank you very much (:

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Made me fall in love with Illustrator again!

Sumera Arshad

Great step by step course explaining key features of Illustrator as well as the great updates.

Great step by step course explaining key features of Illustrator as well as the great updates.

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