Do you want to perfect your storytelling? Are you looking for new ways to highlight the emotion that your artwork evokes? Illustrator Anna Sokolova is a pro at it. For over 10 years, she has been creating inky illustrations for clients like Netflix and Maison Margiela. Now, she’s sharing her expertise in a class on our e-learning platform, My Modern Met Academy. Her online course is called Animal Portraits in Colored Inks: Tell a Visual Story That Conveys Emotion. In it, you’ll explore ways to add emotion and personality to your artwork by using colored inks.
“Creating an expressive illustration that tells a story and conveys emotion can be so challenging!” Sokolova says. “But if we break it down into small steps of ideation, research and sketching, the whole process becomes rewarding and satisfying.”
Through in-depth lessons over the course of about an hour and 20 minutes, Sokolova will help guide you to create your own animal portrait from start to finish. She’ll begin by going over the inspiration that she looks to when crafting her own work. You’ll even get a peek into the books that ignite her creativity. Then she’ll go into technique, including how to create thumbnails (aka tiny plans for your final drawing) and establish a color palette.
After the planning is out of the way, Sokolova starts to paint. It’s at this point you can see her mesmerizing process take place and get insight into her decision-making throughout the inking. When you’re done watching the course, you’ll have new creative tools to support your ideas and realize your own vision.
Enroll in Animal Portraits in Colored Inks: Tell a Visual Story That Conveys Emotion on My Modern Met Academy today. When you’re done, check out more of our illustration courses that are sure to spark your creativity.