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Vintage Japanese Digital Illustration by Pierre-Marie Postel (French, Eng sub)


Release date:2023

Duration:05 h 20 m

Author:Pierre-Marie Postel

Skill level:Beginner


Exercise files:Yes

Indulge in the enchanting world of vintage Japanese illustrations with the “Make a Vintage Illustration Inspired by the Japanese Universe with Photoshop” course led by illustrator Paiheme. Immerse yourself in the captivating imagery of manga, anime, and kawaii as you embark on a colorful journey into the heart of Japanese culture.

In this online course, you’ll learn how to create a unique illustration inspired by Japanese art using a combination of traditional hand drawing techniques and digital tools like Photoshop and Procreate. The aim is to achieve the aesthetic of a vibrant screen-printed poster from the 1960s, packed with charm and character.

Begin by getting acquainted with your instructor, Paiheme, as he shares his journey as an illustrator and his favorite artworks that have influenced his style. Discover renowned Japanese artists like Tadanori Yokoo and Suehiro Maruo who have made significant contributions to the visual culture of Japan.

Deep dive into Japanese visual culture, familiarizing yourself with terms like “mangakas” and “Wabi-Sabi,” and conduct research to find inspiration for your illustration. Immerse yourself in the rich graphic universe of Japan to infuse authenticity into your artwork.

Now it’s time to unleash your creativity and start drawing. Begin with a quick sketch on paper, allowing your imagination to run wild. Transfer your sketch to Photoshop, where you’ll refine the design, ink it, and add text elements to bring your illustration to life.

Explore different fonts and background imagery to enhance the visual impact of your artwork. Define the dominant colors of your illustration, apply colorization techniques, and learn the tricks to achieve a vintage feel. Adjust the hue, saturation, and levels to perfect the overall look.

Take it a step further by creating variations of your poster in different colors, exploring printing options, sharing your work online, and even visualizing it using product mock-ups.

By the end of this course, you’ll have created a captivating vintage poster inspired by the Japanese universe, combining the charm of traditional hand drawing with the versatility of digital tools. Whether you’re a digital artist or a Japanese culture enthusiast, this course is designed to ignite your passion for digital illustration and immerse you in the captivating world of vintage Japanese aesthetics.

No prior knowledge of the Hiragana alphabet is necessary for this course. Grab your paper, pencils, graphics tablet, and computer with Photoshop, and let your creativity flourish as you delve into the mesmerizing art of vintage Japanese illustration.

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