Creative Digital Illustration Workshop in Fumbally Exchange, Dublin 2
Learn how to draw digitally & combine your hand drawn work using Adobe Illustrator
Next workshop: September 16th & 17th
Only 6 participants per class – book at bottom of this page with early bird special offer to save 100-euro if you book before August 25th
This intensive Digital Illustration 2 day course aims to give students the fundamentals of using Adobe Illustrator for adapting and enhancing hand-drawn images as well as learning how draw from scratch digitally.
Participants are encouraged to make the techniques their own during class time – so I have lots of exercises and practise time built in. My digital illustration workshop is now solely using Adobe Illustrator.
I love drawing and I made this course to give people a kick start with drawing digitally and teach them all the basics that I wish I knew when I was starting out. I’ve been using Illustrator for eight years and teaching digital illustration for almost six years now and I’ve been tweaking and improving the class along the way as well as updating to make the most of the latest features. I have great notes for you to take home with you too.
I work as an illustrator (I illustrated the best selling wildlife book Naturama, and it’s companion book, My Naturama Nature Journal), and my favourite techniques that I use is to digitise line drawings and colour them in Illustrator, and to collage them with hand coloured work that I cut out digitally. So I’ll show you how you can do that yourself with your own drawings.
Along with drawing, participants will learn how to add and manipulate text, and save images for print and web formats. You will be provided with detailed notes to ensure you fully understand the exercises and get the most from the class.
This class is suitable for people with an interest in design who have some computer experience. It is unique in that you get to practice and explore both practical and creative applications of the techniques you learn and the small class size (max 5) means everyone gets lots of attention.
Testimonial from recent workshops:
‘Brilliant course! Melissa was able to break down and explain in a simple and efficient way all the most important aspects of Illustrator. I really think this course was beneficial to me and I really feel more confident about my skills and want to keep experimenting with Illustrator. Definitely recommended!’
‘I can thoroughly recommend this Digital Illustration workshop. I had wanted to learn Illustrator for a long time but found it very intimidating and too complex to figure out alone. After just two days Melissa had left me with a solid understanding of how to navigate the system, use the key tools and decipher the associated terminology. Melissa’s extensive knowledge of the system coupled with her passion for illustration and open teaching approach enabled us to clearly understand how these tools could be applied to our own artwork. The class size is just right and the location and set up lends itself perfectly to this creative class. If you would like to get to grips with Illustrator and want to avoid the usual mundane corporate type course then look no further!’
“I found the class so useful having played around with Illustrator for a couple of years I really feel like I have got the hang of it at last and will definitely be putting all I learnt to good use! Melissa’s class was well structured and everybody got help and attention. I would definitely recommend it to anyone struggling to find out all about the possibilities of Illustrator!”
-Niamh Moran, Artist
“The combination of professional experience with deep and extensive knowledge makes this Illustrator course excellent. You come away with a very good handle on the program even as a total beginner”
“This course was great. I learned way more than I thought would have been possible in the past two days. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and now have the confidence and skills needed to produce professional quality work. ”
“I took Melissa’s weekend Adobe Illustrator course. I needed to learn some basic functions to help me with an unusual technical work related task. Melissa took us through the basics of the programme in a structured, organised manner that was both fun and enjoyable. I would highly recommend this course and her style of teaching. Also Fumbally Exchange is a very interesting and alternative office and teaching facility that is worth a visit.”
– Kieran Daly, Orthodontist
“Really informative class. Enjoyed it a lot and would definitely recommend it to others looking to know the basics of Adobe Illustrator.”
“Melissa is as patient as she is professional. Her knowledge of Illustrator is vast and her communication method is fluent and easily understood. I would whole heartedly recommend her two day introductory course.”
-David Cuddy, Architect
Learn Adobe Illustrator from Adobe Certified Expert Melissa Doran
I am an Adobe Certified Expert in Illustrator (CC & CS6). Each group is limited to 5 participants with a hands on workshop based approach. You have to bring your own laptop and software: Adobe Illustrator version CS6 or Creative Cloud, a free trial of Creative Cloud Illustrator is available from Adobe.com (see: trial versions of Illustrator).
Digital Illustration Course Outline
The day starts at 9.30 am and runs until 4.30pm with breaks. From the very start this is a hands on workshop and everyone will have time to practice the techniques and ask questions as we go along. I’ve designed the course to give a good introduction to get you started drawing digitally, telling you all about the techniques I use every day in my work, and lots more….
I make great notes so that you will have something to reference when the workshops finish.
Adobe Illustrator – Course Outline
My specialty is combining your hand drawn line work and your hand coloured work digitally…
Introduction to Illustrator interface, terminology and workflow.
Essential shortcuts and learning the lingo of digital graphics.
Setting up documents, using artboards, and saving, including saving for the web.
Drawing simple shapes and using the pathfinder.
Understanding how layers and stacking orders work.
Cutting out your hand made (scanned in) drawings using a clipping mask.
Creating and manipulating text.
Using the live trace tool for digitising simple line art.
Using the pencil tool and blob brush.
Working with brushes using the paintbrush tool.
Making and applying gradients.
How to work with colours efficiently using the swatches panel – how to save your colours.
Introduction to drawing with the pen tool and the curvature tool
Please note the course outline is to be used as a guide only as the order of exercises may change.
2-day weekend workshop
Book yourself in at the bottom of this page, only 6 spaces available in total.
Small Class Size
Limited to 6 participants in total so you will gets lots of individual attention and plenty of room to develop your skills.
Students must provide their own laptop and software (Adobe Illustrator CC installed) See: Free adobe trials.
11 CPD Points for Architects!!
Members of the RIAI who attend the course will be eligible for 11 No. CPD points certified by Fumbally Exchange.
Classes will take place in The Fumbally Exchange, 5 Dame Lane, Dublin 2, right in the centre of Dublin.
“Melissa’s class was extremely enjoyable and with her patient way of teaching made it easy to understand. Melissa is excellent at what she does, and I would recommend any of her classes to anyone. I now can’t wait to start creating some lovely things :).”
‘Melissa is a great teacher. Her attitude and patience made me feel at ease all the time.
Great classroom and excellent notes to go back to when struggling!’
Melissa’s class is perfectly paced to learn the tools of Illustrator, while giving time for practical exercises which demonstrate the range of applications and possibilities of the programme. Melissa has de-mystified Illustrator for me, and opened up the possibilities for what I can do with my artwork!
“Having studied illustration already, I always found adobe illustrator daunting and frustrating. About three quarters of the way through the first day with Melissa, I found everything falling into place and making sense.
It was wonderful and freeing to have someone teaching the programme from the perspective of an illustrator. it was creatively based not just technically focussed. This made it wholly refreshing and eye opening.
The 2 day format was great and it felt like a real friendly environment to be coming into with familiar faces on the second day.
It was a very positive and enlightening course, and I am so very happy to have done it. Since doing the course my use of illustrator has increased an unspeakable amount. So it was definitely worth the investment.”
“Illustrator has puzzled me for years but Melissa broke it down in really simple steps and by the end of the first day everybody was able to make their own digital illustration. I left feeling confident and inspired! Very friendly atmosphere with lots of time for one on one attention. Couldn’t recommend enough! Such a well thought out weekend, exceeded my expectations (And they were very high!!) . I learnt so much not just about illustration but Melissa gave great insight into design and using the programme in creative ways.”
A little taster of two of my favourite techniques…
One of the techniques you learn about in the workshop is how to add your own hand coloured drawing to a digital collage using a clipping mask technique. I have a detailed blog about this technique here.
Another thing you will learn in the workshop is how to change a line drawing from your notebook into a digital vector drawing using the live trace technique. I used this as part of my #100daysofbicycles project for each drawing and I wrote a detailed blog about that too…
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Book now for September 16th & 17 2017
The course costs €450 in total, special offer early bird price of €350 available until August 1st 2017 if you use the code “augustmagic” – just type it in where it says “enter coupon code” after you press “add to cart”.
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