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Anime-Style Illustrations: Composition and Photobashing

Illustrator, Zeklewa

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Coloso Zeklewa Anime-Style Illustrations: Composition and Photo-bashing

Discover what it takes to draw
beautiful anime-style illustrations
using perspective and photobashing techniques.

This class will teach you everything about
creating a captivating composition,
from perspective drawing for
architectural and environmental scenes
to photobashing techniques to seamlessly
blend photos to your illustrations.

Learn to enhance the quality of your digital illustrations
by adding the right details to give
your illustration a complete & finished look.


Coloso Class Breakdown Details 1

Length: 11 videos
Difficulty: Basic
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Coloso Class Breakdown Details 2
Video Details

Audio: English

Coloso Class Breakdown Details 3
Software Required


Coloso Class Breakdown Details 4

7 Class Exercises in PSD Files
6 Additional Process Videos

Expert Illustrator
Zeklewa's Profile & Portfolio

※ This portfolio includes fan art and commissioned work.

Why Take This Class?

This class is perfect for beginning artists
who want to start drawing captivating
anime-style illustrations, starting from the basics.

Illustrator Zeklewa will teach you everything
from basic tools and techniques
in Procreate and Photoshop
to perspective drawing and photobashing
techniques. You'll also learn how to use
Photoshop filters to adjust colors,
tones, and textures.

Take this class to master the
building blocks of illustration and
find out how to start adding details
to enhance your artwork!

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6 Class Exercises

Coloso Zeklewa Exercises


Coloso Zeklewa Exercises


Coloso Zeklewa Exercises


Coloso Zeklewa Exercises

Photobashing 1: Texture

Coloso Zeklewa Exercises

Photobashing 2:
Experimenting with Pictures

Coloso Zeklewa Exercises

Blending and Filters

Coloso Zeklewa Exercises

Final Illustration



Hi! I'm Zeklewa, a full-time professional
illustrator in the video game industry
with expertise in anime-style illustrations.

I started drawing as a hobby
when I started teaching myself
how to draw 3 years ago.

Before I jumped into the art world,
I was a computer science graduate
pursuing a Master's degree.

The more I drew, the more
I realized my passion for
creating beautiful anime illustrations
is one to stay.

I hope to inspire a
new generation of artists
to join the art journey
that I came to love so much.

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Coloso Zeklewa

Freelance Illustrator

Projects & Awards

Yostar - Arknights | 3rd Anniversary Artbook Illustration, Arknights 2023 Calendar March Illustration, etc.
Kuro Games - Punishing Gray Raven | JP 2.5th Anniversary Illustration, Global 2nd Anniversary Illustration, etc.
HoYoVerse - Genshin Impact | Content Creator Program Illustrations
NetEase - Various Game Illustrations (CN Market)
Happy Element - Grimoire | In-game Illustrations and Key Visual


Class Highlights

The Building Blocks

Explore fundamental tools and techniques in Procreate and Photoshop, including brushes, layers, selection tools, blending modes, and more. Develop a solid understanding of these features to enhance your digital art illustrations.

Coloso Zeklewa Introduction

Compositions and Perspectives

Master the A-Zs of perspective drawing by analyzing and recreating images and solidifying your foundation. Learn fundamental concepts such as vanishing points, horizon lines, and convergence, and apply them to create compelling architectural and environmental scenes.

Coloso Zeklewa Introduction

Getting the Details Right

Perfection comes from detail. Master various methods and techniques to add in the right details. From photobashing to adding textures, learn how to add details with finesse and create illustrations that have a finished look.

Coloso Zeklewa Introduction

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01. Orientation

  1. Introducing your instructor
  2. What you will learn
  3. Helpful websites and software
SECTION 02. The Building Blocks

02. Warming up

  1. Getting familiar with drawing programs and tools
  2. Building habits (layering, preparing your workspace)

03. Design Ideation, Perspective, and Construction

  1. Building a visual library for perspective drawing
  2. How to practice efficiently
  3. Analyzing and constructing scenes in 3-point perspective
  4. Drawing various shapes
  5. Piecing it all together
SECTION 03. Compositions

04. Composition 1: Understanding Compositions

  1. Understanding what makes a good composition
  2. How to make a rough line draft of a composition

05. Composition 2: Colors & Values

  1. Coloring the rough line draft
  2. Recognizing patterns in colors & shapes in compositions

06. Composition 3: Adding Details

  1. Understanding key concepts to move past the draft phase
  2. Focusing on the concepts and adding values
SECTION 04. How to Increase Efficiency with Photobashing

07. Rendering Preparation

  1. Rendering different materials and objects
  2. Understanding how to use lineart in a painting

    + 1 Additional process video

08. Rough Photobashing

  1. Using photos to create texture
  2. Using photos to create a sketch base

    + 1 Additional process video

09. Refined Photobashing

  1. Drawing over the photos and manipulating the photos
  2. Smoothing out the image to blend in with the background

    + 4 Additional process videos
SECTION 05. Finishing the Illustration

10. Refining and Photoshop Filters

  1. Blending the character into the environment
  2. Adding textures and sharpening the details
  3. How to use Photoshop filters

11. Image Adjustments and Finishing Touches

  1. How to enhance the image effects
  2. Mistakes to avoid when finishing the illustration

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Interview with
Expert Illustrator

Is there a specific reason why you chose this specific topic/themes?
& What makes your class different from other classes?

I think the topic of perspective drawing and photobashing are important topics that are overlooked. I want to share my strengths to take the quality and finesse of your illustrations to the next level.

Could you please share how you started your journey in the industry?

I started taking commercial commissions while attending graduate school, as companies were contacting me about promotional work using my art. When there were too many requests, I had to make an active decision to choose between graduate school and an art career, and I finally decided on the latter. Since then, I've been drawing for commercial projects in the industry!

Please share your thoughts on the industry's job market and what you see in the industry's future.

The finesse involved in drawing and blending both the environment and characters to create a complete illustration.

Required Programs

This course will use Procreate and Photoshop
Please purchase and install these program(s) for an optimized lecture experience.

*These programs and/or materials will not be provided with the lecture.

Procreate Photoshop

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