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Drawing Other Worlds: An Introduction to Fantasy Illustration

via Skillshare


An introduction to fantasy illustration and creating other worlds.

If you're a visual artist that's looking to have fun and stretch your style, there's no better place to begin than fantasy illustration. In this class, you'll join me on a step-by-step journey through the creation of a fantasy-inspired illustration. I'll share the inspirations behind my work, the role of storytelling in my sketching process, and how I create meaningful color palettes and textures. I'll be working in Adobe Fresco but you're welcome to use any art tool you like, digital or traditional!

Together we'll explore:

  • Visual storytelling for fantasy art
  • My illustration tools and tips
  • Adobe Fresco basics
  • My favorite Fresco brushes and FX
  • Exporting and sharing your work

The class is designed for artists, illustrators, and enthusiasts of all levels, so please feel free to follow along with the illustration tools that are right for you.

By the end, you'll have created your own full-color fantasy illustration inspired by the narrative theme "moment of discovery," and we can use the class discussion and project sections to collaborate, share feedback, and inspire one another!

I'm so excited for you to join me on this adventure, and I can't wait to see what you create!


  • Introduction
  • Class Overview
  • Looking at Fantasy Art
  • Moments of Discovery (Part 1)
  • Moments of Discovery (Part 2)
  • Sketching with Adobe Fresco
  • Sketching: Exploring Perception
  • Sketching: Developing Concepts (Part 1)
  • Sketching: Developing Concepts (Part 2)
  • From Concept to Composition
  • Sketching the Details
  • Inking with Fresco
  • Inking the Characters
  • Inking the Setting
  • Coloring the Characters
  • Background, Shadows, Highlights
  • Fresco Brushes and Effects
  • Wrapping It Up!
  • Go Further with Fresco

Taught by

Ira Marcks

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