Watch an artist create an illustration from concept sketches to final watercolored image.

Jake was asked by a gallery to do an image for their show called "My Favorite Monster." In this demonstration, Jake walks you through each step of the creation process and explains his thinking and theories behind the creative decisions he makes.

In this class you will learn:

  • How to come up with a concept

  • How to compose an image

  • How design characters

  • How to render in ink and watercolor

About the Instructor

Illustrator/Cartoonist

Jake Parker

For the last 19 years Jake has worked on everything from animated films to comics to picture books. For several years he worked for Reel FX and Blue Sky Studios on such projects as Horton Hears a Who, Rio, and Epic. He is the creator of the popular Inktober drawing challenge. Jake currently works as an illustrator and cartoonist on children's books and comics. He works out of his home studio in Arizona.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Part 1 - Concept and Design

    • Part 2 - Final Drawing

    • Part 3 - Inking

    • Part 4 - Ink Details

    • Part 5 - Watercolor

  2. 2
    • PSD of My Favorite Monster Sketches

  • 5

    Videos

  • PSD

    Jake's sketches that you can use to practice drawing over

  • 1.2

    Hours

Reviews

5 star rating

Amazing course!

Guz Forster

I really enjoyed watching this. It was literally like standing over Jake's shoulders and I got so many golden information by just watching him doing the draw...

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I really enjoyed watching this. It was literally like standing over Jake's shoulders and I got so many golden information by just watching him doing the drawing, the inking, and the watercolor. Thanks!

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My Favorite Monster Demo

Anneliese Roemer

I really enjoyed seeing the steps real-time as the concept and design processes are the toughest parts. I will watch as many demos as I can.

I really enjoyed seeing the steps real-time as the concept and design processes are the toughest parts. I will watch as many demos as I can.

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Love behind the scenes tutorials!

Daniel Sorensen

Hi, I just finished watching and just seeing how you work, from start to finish, is so wonderful to watch. Your openness to share your knowledge is so bene...

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Hi, I just finished watching and just seeing how you work, from start to finish, is so wonderful to watch. Your openness to share your knowledge is so beneficial to me. I often wonder how people's art gets made and watching answers that in many ways. i have all those tools you use, I just never thought about using both digital and traditional in that way. So, yeah, you've bridged the gap in my mind. NEW SYNAPSES FORMED!!! Thank you again Jake, Daniel Sorensen

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My favorite monster

Linda Lavigne

LOVED this video! Step by step is always the best learning tool, want to see more!

LOVED this video! Step by step is always the best learning tool, want to see more!

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5 star rating

Awesome!

Oliver Benavidez

Great video Jake! Lots of great tips. More Please! 😀

Great video Jake! Lots of great tips. More Please! 😀

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A cool Monster indeed!

Mary Monson

Learned so much as Jake worked through his creation of "My Favorite Monster" drawing/painting. Thank you, Jake!

Learned so much as Jake worked through his creation of "My Favorite Monster" drawing/painting. Thank you, Jake!

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Great Step-by-Step

Ronald Mena

Wonderful training on Mr. Parker's approach to illustration and problem solving. It also shows a great example of his inking style.

Wonderful training on Mr. Parker's approach to illustration and problem solving. It also shows a great example of his inking style.

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Loved it!

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So fun!

Shanie Sagan

Thank you Jake, I’m slowly becoming a big fan of urs, I enjoy ur no frills approach to making art, its fun🐒🦖 thanks for the great information and inspiration...

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Thank you Jake, I’m slowly becoming a big fan of urs, I enjoy ur no frills approach to making art, its fun🐒🦖 thanks for the great information and inspiration. You make me want to draw and draw and draw all day!

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Monster Demo

Cathy Witbeck

Enjoyable, insightful. Informative.

Enjoyable, insightful. Informative.

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It was great, thank you!

maryann green

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