Capturing a Feeling: Illustrate Light and Color on Paper

By Fish

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37 lessons
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17h 27m
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Capturing a Feeling: Illustrate Light and Color on Paper

with Artist, Fish


Do you wish to invoke emotions in your painting? I will teach you how to incorporate more elements into your repertoire and bring your illustration and storytelling further. From the very start with composing the image to the final stages of editing, I will show you how to bring your characters into their world.


This class is for anyone who likes to play with simple characters and painting. You will be bold and carefree, not letting small mistakes distract from your overall work, and have a stronger appreciation for fun lighting.


By the end of this class, you will be able to incorporate stronger lighting and color into your illustration. You will learn some useful techniques for faster painting and polish editing. Upon completion, you will have made a composed and cohesive illustration.

Step 1: Get a Sketch From an Idea

Step 2: Storytelling in Light and Color  

Step 3: Expressive Painting

Step 4: Digital Enhancement


  1. Meet Your Instructor: Fish!
  2. Introduction to the course
  3. Introduction to Watercolor Illustration

Chapter 1: Know Your Tools

  1. Exercises for familiarizing with new tools
  2. Common watercolor mixes
  3. ibisPaint and frequently used tools
  4. Making your own convenience colors

Chapter 2: Building the Foundation of a Piece

  1. Basic sketching styles
  2. Common compositions
  3. Keeping the focus in focus (1)
  4. Making thumbnails

Chapter 3: Being a Drawer

  1. Basic forms
  2. Fantastic lines and how to make them
  3. Keeping the energy of a sketch
  4. Make a tight line drawing from a sketch

Chapter 4: The Value of Values

  1. Going dark and keeping visibility
  2. Going light and keeping contrast
  3. Separating the layers of a piece
  4. Keeping the focus in focus (2)
  5. Key lights, ambient lights and all the shiny things

Chapter 5: Seeing in Colors

  1. Color and mood
  2. Building a harmonious palette and pushing the colors
  3. Lighting vs. local color
  4. Making a color composition with a story

Chapter 6: Get It on Paper

  1. Planning the order of operation
  2. Useful brush techniques
  3. Painting with energy
  4. Lining and detailing tips
  5. Class mission: Paint a piece from a color composition and line drawing

Chapter 7: Digital Processing and Editing

  1. Cleaning and general editing on raw scan files or photos
  2. Blending digital and analog paint
  3. Enhance lighting setup
  4. Fine-tune and touch up a painting

Bonus Chapter: A Little Something for the Road

  1. Ideas, where to find them and how to store them
  2. In defense of “portrait facing left with neutral expression on white background”
  3. Keeping art fun, because motivation is fickle


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Meet Your Creator
Nice to meet you, I am fish!
I grew up in a rural town in a small country daydreaming about grand adventures and clung to those hazy memories stubbornly throughout the years. I was fortunate enough to be able to study under professors who really pushed my understanding of what illustration is and its potential. Now, after experimenting and refining my skills, I share my nostalgia through my work with my viewers. I hope to be able to help you recreate the visions you have in your mind onto paper and feel the same joy I do when a piece resonates with someone else! Let's work hard together!

  1. Strathmore Watercolor Paper /11"x15"

  2. White Nights Artists' Watercolor Set /12 Pans

  3. Hwahong Flat Brush /3 Pcs

  4. Hwahong Round Brush /2 Pcs

  5. Hwahong Squirrel Round Brush

  6. Paint Palettes

  7. Artist Korean Oriental Watercolor Paint 15ml /White

  8. Cretacolor Kneaded Eraser

  9. Uni-ball Signo Gel Ink Pen, Black

  10. Mechanical Pencil

In this class, ibisPaint will be used throughout the class. The app is free and available for both Android & iOS users.

Duration of the course

You can access the class videos for 20 weeks. Within that period, you can replay the videos in as many devices as you want.

Earn points to Extend the Class Access

Receive points by completing chapter missions OR by taking the class two or more times a week. And use the points to extend your class access!

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Class Preparation

In this class, ibisPaint will be used throughout the class. The app is free and available for both Android & iOS users.

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