Digital illustration

The course is aimed at those who practice digital drawing, know the basics of Adobe Photoshop and intend to explore its potential in search of new expressive developments. We will work on painting techniques and on the creation and customization of brushes, we will see how the richness of traditional techniques can become an active and creative part of our digital work. We will do a series of studies on textures and will be useful in this phase to have found material samples such as textures, fabrics and particular papers. Those who want to work on digital collage can bring the materials they usually use, there will be a scanner available.

For this first phase of study we ask you to bring fairly simple pencil drawings, such as character studies. Subsequently we will realize the definitive illustrations of an hypothetical illustrated book, if you have a project that you deem suitable – a book with some tables already set in pencil it is fine, alternatively you could bring tables in pencil from different projects.

Learn the advanced use of Adobe Photoshop software in the creation of professional illustrations for publishing.

Customizing the work area.
Study of textures and patterns.
Creating brushes.
Tutorials on drawing and chiaroscuro.
Painting techniques and stylistic research.
Layers, clipping and layer masks, advanced objects.
Realization of some final tables.
Color profile management.
The course is aimed at those who practice digital design. For the selection and admission, it is required to send 2 – 3 illustrations to

Participants are required to bring their own technical and artistic materials.
Laptop computer.
Graphic tablet or interactive display with working driver installed on the computer.
Photoshop CS6 or later updates, also in demo.
A USB pendrive.
Some pencil drawings with simple character studies.
Some pencil drawings of complete pages.
Paper and pencils for new designs.
Paper, textures, backgrounds made with material colors, everything you love about the “traditional”  techniques and that you would like to recreate in digital.

Optionally, you could bring the artistic materials that you usually use to create on-site backgrounds for sampling (I’ll bring in any case a basic selection).

A notepad.
If you have it, bring your paper or digital portfolio, informal sketches and everything that speaks about you – books or pictures of favorite illustrators, the things that inspire you the most!

During the course it will be possible to carry out projects already started, if you have material to submit to the teacher in order to discuss it before the course or for any doubt/clarifications, write to:

Date Timetables
15 Jul 2019 09.30 – 18.30
16 Jul 2019 09.30 – 18.30
17 Jul 2019 09.30 – 18.30
18 Jul 2019 09.30 – 18.30
19 Jul 2019 09.30 – 18.30
20 Jul 2019 09.30 – 13.00

Location: Casa della fantasia

Price: 370 euro

Deadline for entering : The enrolment deadline is one month before the beginning of the course, unless otherwise specified. Late enrolments will be accepted dependent upon available places.