Have you ever wondered how I create full-on chalkboard style illustrations like THESE using my tablet?


Well now is your chance to learn exactly how to create one-of-a-kind digital chalkboard illustrations! Here’s a bit of a run down on my newest intermediate e-course, Chalk Lettering with Your Cintiq or Tablet.

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Welcome to our intermediate course, Lettering II: Chalk Lettering with Your Cintiq or Tablet. This course was created to ease you into intermediate level digital illustrations by introducing a fun and straight forward technique: digital chalk lettering.

Starting the class, I’m going teach you why illustrators choose to use a tablet or Cintiq and how to use yours. You’ll learn how to create four distinct chalkboard lettering styles from start to finish and how to create illustrative elements like banners and small ornamental details. Next, we’ll cover fun add-on details like how to add a highlighted drop shadow or etching to your letters and how to add on flourishes.

The later portion of the class includes tutorials on coming up with layout ideas within Adobe Photoshop, using photoshop brushes to achieve a chalk effect directly on screen, and taking your concepts from start to finish, using a variety of layering digital techniques.

We’ll finish the course by importing our chalkboard background so it sits nicely behind our chalk style lettering and you’ll leave with a beautiful, one of a kind, hand-lettered digital chalk illustration.

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Your assignment is to create a digitally illustrated chalk piece using your Cintiq or tablet and Adobe Photoshop, illustrating a “Words of Wisdom” phrase. This could be something your mother used to tell you, or a quote from your favorite teacher of philosopher.