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Drawing Vector Graphics: Color and Detail

with Von Glitschka

Video: Welcome

Add dimension, texture, and color to your designs with Adobe Illustrator, and make your illustrations more rich and unique.
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  1. 2m 18s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Exercise files
  2. 7m 53s
    1. Attention to details
      2m 20s
    2. Trial and error in creativity
      1m 50s
    3. Choosing a style
      2m 13s
    4. Great plugins for detailing in Adobe Illustrator
      1m 30s
  3. 22m 7s
    1. Understanding light
      1m 8s
    2. Establishing a primary light source
      4m 12s
    3. Establishing a secondary light source
      4m 6s
    4. Drawing your light source
      3m 14s
    5. How lighting affects color
      7m 43s
    6. Artistic "lightcense"
      1m 44s
  4. 1h 26m
    1. Coloring 101
      2m 39s
    2. The digital color wheel
      7m 36s
    3. The analog color wheel
      2m 18s
    4. Color dimension one: Hue
      5m 56s
    5. Color dimension two: Value
      9m 41s
    6. Color dimension three: Intensity
      5m 2s
    7. How colors affect other colors
      5m 39s
    8. Creating a global color hierarchy
      13m 7s
    9. Color exploration: A trial-and-error process
      10m 21s
    10. Base colors
      4m 5s
    11. Shadow colors
      6m 43s
    12. Highlight colors
      6m 47s
    13. Creating emotion through color
      6m 32s
  5. 2h 29m
    1. The method to the madness
      1m 30s
    2. Using gradient blends: Blend modes and opacity
      11m 58s
    3. Using gradient blends: Hierarchy
      7m 45s
    4. Using gradient blends: Transparencies
      7m 13s
    5. Using gradient blends: Effects
      6m 53s
    6. Spot detailing with radial blends
      5m 40s
    7. Hot spots and deep shadows
      6m 39s
    8. Custom brushes for shadows and highlights
      10m 15s
    9. Using custom brushes
      10m 41s
    10. Using the inset shape technique on an illustration
      10m 35s
    11. Using the inset shape technique on a brand character
      2m 7s
    12. Rounding detail with the VectorScribe plugin
      8m 22s
    13. Using layers and masks to control Photoshop effects
      5m 58s
    14. Using layers and masks to control detailing
      4m 43s
    15. Using the Inner Glow and Outer Glow effects
      7m 16s
    16. Using the Gaussian Blur effect
      3m 53s
    17. Creating form with the Gaussian Blur effect
      5m 53s
    18. Adding motion with Gaussian Blur
      3m 30s
    19. Texturizing your illustration
      8m 26s
    20. Adding depth with Gaussian Blur
      4m 55s
    21. Texturizing your illustration: Adding authentic distress
      6m 58s
    22. Thick and thin linears with the Width tool
      8m 19s
  6. 3m 13s
    1. Color harvesting
      1m 12s
    2. Million-dollar color books for FREE
      2m 1s
  7. 28m 13s
    1. Inspiring illustrators
      2m 2s
    2. Inspiring illustrators: Lisa Ballard
      1m 40s
    3. Inspiring illustrators: Melanie Matthews
      3m 42s
    4. Inspiring illustrators: Luc Latulippe
      3m 16s
    5. Inspiring illustrators: Rob McClurkan
      2m 52s
    6. Inspiring illustrators: Jannie Ho
      4m 36s
    7. Inspiring illustrators: Andi Butler
      5m 37s
    8. Inspiring illustrators: Joey Ellis
      4m 28s
  8. 53s
    1. Closing thoughts

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Drawing Vector Graphics: Color and Detail
Video duration: 0s 5h 0m Intermediate


A sketch is a great starting place, but color and detail are what take your illustrations to the next level. Von Glitschka returns in this follow-up to his popular Drawing Vector Graphics course to show how to add dimension, texture, and color to your designs with Adobe Illustrator. Along the way, Von reveals his insights on the creative process, and shares the work of seven inspiring illustrators.

Topics include:
  • Choosing a style
  • Establishing primary and secondary light sources
  • How lighting affects color
  • Working with the color wheel
  • Building a global color wheel
  • Creating emotion through color
  • Using gradient blends
  • Spit detailing
  • Using custom brushes
  • Rounding detail with the VectorScribe plugin
  • Adding depth
  • Finding inspiration


Illustration can take almost any form. Be it drawn, painted, collaged, caricature, crafted. Mural, comic book, cut paper, and many more. And within all of these distinct classifications, you can have further diversification of varying styles. So the creative variables of Illustration are endless. For this course, we're specifically focusing on the finite aspects of vector based illustration. And you'll see an assortment of varying styled illustrations throughout.

I'll cover the following information you'll wanna keep in mind, and apply when you create vector based artwork. Examining the exploratory aspects of the illustration process. Understanding how light affects your design. How to use coloring methods effectively in your illustration. The skillful application of detailing methods. And expanding your color possibilities through inspiration. Like anything creative, the more you do it, the better you get. So let's get started.

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