Illustrator, Leonardo Vincent
Push the limits of individual expression,
creativity, and originality with splash illustrations
that create a world for your character.
This class will help dissect the process
behind creating an illustration that
effectively presents your story.
Get an easy-to-follow guide to capturing
a character and their world within a single image.
You'll learn everything from elevating
your story through composition to value & color,
rendering, line work, and more.
Bonus WIP Files
Finished PSD Files
Leonardo Vincent's Profile & Portfolio
Hi, all. I'm Leonardo Vincent,
but I also go by Levinky_art on social media.
I'm currently a freelance digital artist
focusing on splash illustrations.
My interest in drawing started when I was a kid.
After I found my passion, I never allowed myself
to give up on drawing. Now that I look back and think about it,
I've always surrounded myself with art
due to my affection for it.
However, my illustration style really developed
upon graduating from university.
That's when I found myself drawn to anime-inspired
stylized illustrations more than any other style.
This has shaped who I am as an Illustrator today.
My body of work ranges from stylized fan art posters,
game splash illustrations, comic book covers & interiors,
character designs and re-design
to world-building concept art.
Throughout this class,
I'll guide you through everything
from creating a narrative for your scene,
composing, coloring, augmenting your composition
to the details of linework.
I have put a lot of thought into creating
the curriculum for this class and I hope it serves
as a helpful guide to building your first Splash Illustration!
Projects & Awards
Comic Book Cover Artist for Heavy Metal, Scott Comics, and Indie Project Grim Hero
Comic Book Interior Artist for New Eden Chronicles
Character Concept Designer for Undisclosed Mobile Games
Guide Your Character's Story
How do you implement a story into your character design process? A character can't be fully realized until they've been assigned their unique personality and background. The story behind a character serves as the guideline for each major step of the process. This includes adding details to your completed piece. I will cover different ways you can build an original character when creating a splash illustration.
Elevate Your Story through Composition
Composition in art serves many functions, from organizing and curating every moving section of a piece to spotlighting parts of the story! As we build upon characters within a story, we also build up their origins. Composition is a powerful tool for your arsenal if you want to properly convey and enhance a story as you plan out your splash illustration. We will go through the fundamental rules of composition, how to use them, and how to iterate your compositions to find the best one!
Relationship of Value & Color
Value and color are two of the most fundamental elements in art but what really separates them from other elements is how much they heavily relate to one another. In this course, I'll be going in-depth about the complexity of this relationship and talk you through how they work together when setting up the atmosphere, adding subtle hues of depth, and emphasizing specific parts of a composition. We will walk through useful digital tools and the methods I have used within my own work, explore correlations, and show you how to apply them to your art.
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SECTION 01. Orientation
- Who am I?
- What on earth is Splash illustration?!
- Course framework
- Helpful websites and software
SECTION 02. Before You Start Drawing
2. Preparing a Narrative
- What to look at
- Branching out resources
- Imagining a story
- Understanding the steps ahead
SECTION 03. Conceptualizing Characters
3. A Design from a Story & A Story from a Design
- Writing a character’s character?
- Character of shapes
- Follow-up details
- A group of characters
SECTION 04. Giving a Setting
4. Expanding Your Narration
- Reacting to characters
- Balance of contrasting and echoing settings
- Types of settings
SECTION 05. Visualizing the Composition
5. The Composition’s Mission
- Basic and complex eye flow patterns
- Conveying your narrative
- Confidence in large gestures
- Importance of Trial and error
6. Directing Strong to Soft Focal Points
- How characters create focal points
- How value creates focal points
- How colors create focal points
- How shapes create focal points
SECTION 06. Blocking In
7. Value & Color
- Relationship between value and color
- Shaping up an atmosphere
- Practical tools and methods
- Insinuating color vs actual color
- Adding the complexity of color
SECTION 07. Detailing
8. Character Details
- Refining faces
- Refining anatomy
- Refining details
- Basic lighting
- Basic materials
- Practical tools and methods
- Creating your own way of rendering
10. Particles, Debris, and Lines
- Augmenting composition
- Types of objects
- Lines for foreshortening
- Inside out
SECTION 08. Final Words
11. Parting Word for Artists
- Maintaining your passion
- Trying things out
- Important attitudes
9 Class Exercises
How to Use References
Creating a Narrative
from Character Design
Creating a Complimentary Background
Composing an Image
Value & Color
Augmenting Your Composition
with Expert Illustrator
Is there a specific reason why you chose this specific topic/themes?
I find the extent of power that visual storytelling offers fascinating. That's why I designed my class as a guide to dissecting a single image to effectively tell a story. Images, on their own, can tell complex stories that are immediately understood, but immersion itself often comes from the type of art, specifically open-ended visual art. It invites the viewer to be a creative participant that can interpret and fill in the blanks using their individual imaginations; as the saying goes, "a picture is worth a thousand words." My course offers a flexible, go-with-the-flow structure that makes it less rigid and easier to follow, which aligns with my approach to explaining why I do certain things. It doesn't aim to tell people you have to do things my way, but instead, how to tell individual stories your way.
Could you please share how you started your journey in the industry?
My presence on social media really allowed me grow as an illustrator. It helped me not only receive praise but provided me the opportunity to find inspiration from so many other artists that have successfully expressed themselves through their own work. I was fortunate to gradually enter the industry and receive multiple opportunities as my audience grew on social media, which also led me to meet very cool people who have been very helpful in my journey.
Please share your thoughts on the industry's job market and what you see in the industry's future.
The illustration industry is a fast and exciting one to be a part of. It's constantly changing and evolving alongside modern-day entertainment. It's also filled with many passionate people whom I enjoy encountering. I believe that as the market tightens in the future, we as illustrators have to adapt and keep ourselves up to date about where things are going. Soon, I foresee that individual expression will become more relevant in the digital art sphere, as the digital tools that help us create art evolve and advance. We should utilize this tool not to just create the "spectacle" parts of art, but to push the limits of individual expression, creativity, and originality.
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