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Core Art Skills

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Ben Mounsey shares his in-depth knowledge and analysis of the skills required to become a better illustrator. This creative session outlines four main skills; using sketchbooks, life drawing, working in traditional 3D and using traditional media techniques for your digital work, culminating in a professional tutorial that will knock your socks off!

This series is great for all skill levels and you’ll be surprised how a solid understanding of traditional methods can greatly improve your digital workflow. Let’s get started!

Posts in this series
  • Design & Illustration
    Theory
    Core Art Skills: Part 1, Welcome to the CoursePreview img1
    Vectortuts+ is excited to bring you a new five part series on core art skills. In this series, Ben Mounsey will be sharing in-depth knowledge and analysis of the skills required to become a better illustrator. Ben will be outlining four main skills; using sketchbooks, life drawing, working in traditional 3D and using traditional media techniques for your digital work, culminating in a professional tutorial that will knock your socks off! This series is great for all skill levels and you'll be surprised how a solid understanding of traditional methods can greatly improve your digital workflow. Let's get started!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Theory
    Core Art Skills: Part 2, The SketchbookPreview img2
    The humble sketchbook is greatly underestimated as an integral part of a designers working practice, certainly with those using a predominantly digital workflow. This old favorite shouldn't be overlooked, it's a great tool for any process. In the second installment of Core Art Skills, Ben Mounsey will show you why, and how to get the most out of your sketchpad.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Theory
    Core Art Skills: Part 3, Life and Figure DrawingPreview img3
    The study of the figure is the corner stone of art skills, its disciplines trickle down into all areas of work. It's also the area that takes the most effort to master. In part three of Core Art Skills, Ben Mounsey will show you how to confidently draw from life. You will learn about the key concepts of figure study and how to draw what you see.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Theory
    Core Art Skills: Part 4, Working in Traditional 3DPreview img4
    By now you should be feeling supercharged with creativity and ready to unleash your ideas on a new project. In the fourth installment of Core Art Skills, Ben Mounsey will be showing you the benefits of getting your hands messy and developing a feel for 3D! You will learn how working in 3 dimensions can be used as an outlet for creative exploration and how it can help you better understand your two dimensional work. Let's get started!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Theory
    Core Art Skills: Part 5, Traditional Media TechniquesPreview img5
    If you've been following the course you've hopefully been using your sketchbooks more and have have tried your hand at clay. If so, you should now be happy to get your hands dirty and make some textures. In this Session Ben Mounsey will continue on with the core art skills and show you different methods for creating textures. You will learn how to add texture to your digital artwork, and the most striking ways to use it.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Illustration
    Core Art Skills: Part 6, Bringing It All TogetherPreview img6
    This is the final part of the six part series "Core Art Skills". Ben Mounsey will show you how to use texture, dimension, figure and visual reference as a basis for creating a final piece of artwork. This tutorial is broken down so that the workflow follows stages that replicate the order of the course and reinforces the value of each skill. The final image is the culmination of all the practices covered previously in the series. Read More…