Designing a Retro-Style Superhero

with Deke McClelland
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Designing a Retro-Style Superhero
Video duration: 0s 4h 57m Intermediate


Learn what it takes to design and create your own custom silver-age superhero. Join Deke as he starts by tracing a photo to create the hero's body and then jumps into Illustrator for the creation of the final effects. Finally, Deke takes us through the steps to lay out our own custom type to complete the comic.

Topics include:
  • Turning a person into a silhouette
  • Adding power and motion with Liquify
  • Drawing with the Pen and Brush tools
  • Creating a dramatic background
  • Adding grill lines and flames
  • Inserting talk balloons
  • Creating a custom comic font
Illustrator Photoshop


(bright music) - Hey gang, this is Deke McClelland. Welcome to my bimonthly series, Designs Deconstructed in which we take a look at some exciting graphic designs and we figure out how to make them. In this course, I'll show you how to create a retro style superhero that hearkens back to the so-called Silver Age of Comics. We're talking about the 1960's and 70's when guys like Stan Lee and Jack Kirby reinvented the modern comic book form.

Welcome to the most tricked out project I have ever attempted to demonstrate. By the time we're finished, the real superhero will be you.

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