Hello everyone welcome to my latest class! I’m Jen Lezan and I’ll be the one guiding you through this course. I’m a freelance graphic designer, illustrator and educator based out of the midwest and I run Bella + Sophia Creative studio. If you want to learn more about me, check out my youtube channel to get a behind the scenes view of the work I do as a freelancer and the work that goes into making classes like this one. I really enjoy sharing my knowledge here on Arbington and over on Youtube as I think it’s an accessible way to learn new skills.
This month, I am coming back with another digital planning and digital art focused class that revolves around designing illustrated digital stickers using procreate and affinity photo. I know I’ve said it before and I will likely say it again, but I really have a passion for planning and journaling and digital planning is a great option for those of you who feel like traditional art supplies or paper planning can bog you down. Personally, I like both, but I know it can sometimes be less convenient to pull out paint and marker and easier to just pull out an ipad and stylus for art or planning.
Planning lets me take my need for organization and allows me to combine it with my graphic design and illustration background and come up with some fantastic digital products and art that I am fortunate to be able to sell on Etsy and Creative Market.
If you like planning - make sure you check out some of previous classes on how to design physical planner stickers and my digital planning courses like how to create your own digital stickers for digital planning and how to make a digital planner in Affinity Publisher and Affinity Designer.
This month, I wanted to take you through my process of how I design illustrative digital sticker packs for digital planning. I’ve walked students through the process of making simple functional stickers with shapes and text, but for this class - I wanted to show how simple and streamlined it is to illustrate digital stickers using procreate and Affinity Photo. If you don’t have Affinity photo on your iPad - that is ok, you can still take this using procreate, but I wanted to highlight how simple it is to use the slice functions to export the elements on your work space as individual PNGs with transparent backgrounds.
I wanted to share some tips, my knowledge and process to help you design elements that you can use for digital planning, digital scrapbooking or that you can even turn into physical stickers if you wanted to!
What the class is about
In this class, I will walk you through how to make illustrative digital stickers using procreate and also show you some options for drawing in Affinity Photo. I walk you through my illustration process from concept to final images. I will then take you through the process of how to export your files for use in digital note taking apps and then how you can use and apply them in those apps.
A few of the skills students will learn
You will learn the basics of how to use the procreate to illustrate simple concepts. I will walk you through my research process to find references and then how I illustrate sticker concepts using procreate. I will share some tips and tricks I’ve learned in procreate that will be helpful as you create in the app. I will also walk you through how I use the Affinity Photo ipad app to design stickers in as well and how I use it to quickly export all of the elements on my art board as individual PNG files using the slice options in the app.
Who the class is geared toward
This class is geared towards anyone interested in learning how to use procreate and affinity photo for digital planning and sticker making. We won’t be going through the user interface of the apps in too much detail, so intermediate learners might feel more comfortable. But, I do make sure to walk you through the process so that if anyone not familiar with the apps - should still be able to follow along. I’m looking forward to creating with you! Let’s get started!
Make sure you download the class resources in the class resources section. The files are saved as a zip file - so you will have to unzip it in order to access the course files.
Also - you can check out the Pinterest board for inspiration here: https://pin.it/6GYQ1E5 and the LA icon Board here: https://www.pinterest.com/jenniferlezan/los-angeles-icons/
An overview of the class project
For your class project, we will be 2 sets of illustrative digital stickers. One set will be created using procreate and the other will be created in Affinity Photo. Your final project will consist of the final sticker sets exported as PNGs for use in digital planning apps. To share your project, I would suggest uploading your final sicker sets as JPEGs to share with the class. You can, if you feel comfortable, share a link to the final PNG files if you would like to share them with classmates for personal use.
All you need to take this class is an iPad, and Apple Pencil with the following apps installed:
Affinity Photo app
Goodnotes App or any other Digital Notetaking App
Keep in mind though, I will be using Goodnotes to show the final project in action.
Sticker set created in Procreate
Sticker set created in Affinity Photo
Make sure you share your project to the class project gallery! I'd be happy to give you feedback and it gives me a opportunity to see what you make!
Make sure you download the class resources in the class resources section. The files are saved as a zip file - so you will have to unzip it in order to access the course files. Also - you can check out the Pinterest board for inspiration here: https://pin.it/6GYQ1E5 and the LA Icon Board here: https://www.pinterest.com/jenniferlezan/los-angeles-icons/
I am a Chicago-born Latinxer (I'm a proud Puerto Rican and Mexican American) millennial, an educator, and a freelance creative with experience in graphic design, digital media, illustration and surface pattern design. I am also a mother of two who is in on a mission to reach all the creative goals I've set …View full profile
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