Step Up Your Environment Design With Unique Rocks and Plants

Do your natural environments lack personality?

It's easy to think of rocks and plants as just another background element . 

But even the little details can breathe life into your visual storytelling.

In this class, pro illustrator Shane Hunt will share his strategies for drawing unique trees, rocks, and more. His secret sauce? Solid design.

You’ll go over the principles and elements of design (such as line, shape, value, balance, unity, and variety) and how to apply them to your environments.

By learning design principles and elements, you'll be able to draw compelling natural environments in any style, from realistic to fantastical.

In this class you will learn:

  • How to use design elements and principles to create an infinite variety of rocks and plants

  • How to capture and exaggerate the "gesture" of rocks and plants

  • How to abstract and simplify the natural world

  • How to see with your mind vs see with your eyes

  • How to "break" the laws of physics to bring more personality to your rocks and plants

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About the Instructor

Illustrator Shane Hunt

Shane Hunt has worked as a professional illustrator and graphic artist for over a decade. His work has appeared in several video games, books, animated films, and apparel used by dozens of international brands. He lives with his wife and four children in Payson, Utah. Learn more at

Course curriculum

    1. Intro To Course

    1. Line & Shape

    2. Assignment #1

    3. Value & Texture

    4. Assignment #2

    1. Contrast

    2. Assignment #3

    3. Balance

    4. Assignment #4

    5. Unity With Variety

    6. Assignment #5

    7. Using Natural Patterns In Non-Natural Forms

    8. Assignment #6

    1. Final Thoughts

    1. Demo 01: Old Tree

    2. Demo 02: Pine Trees

About this course

  • Free
  • 16 lessons
  • 2.5 hours of video content
  • 16 Videos
  • 6 Assignments

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