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In Illustration for Motion you'll learn the foundations of modern illustration from Sarah Beth Morgan. By the end of the course, you'll be equipped to create incredible illustrated works of art that you can use in your animation projects right away.

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HIGHLIGHTED FEATURES
Exercises & Project Files for Every Lesson
In-Depth Feedback from Professional Designers
Verified Credential Upon Course Completion

Student Testimonial

"I loved every minute of this course and learned so much. After taking Illustration for Motion, I'm starting on my first real-life project, teaming up with another illustrator and animator to create an interactive children's ebook. I'm very excited!" - Jess Hurley, Summer 2020

Course Instructor

Sarah Beth Morgan

Sarah Beth Morgan is an art director, illustrator, and designer based in Portland, Oregon. Prior to her career in motion design, she spent her childhood years in Saudi Arabia where she developed a unique take on the world. This experience expanded her artistic horizons, pushing her to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design. She spent her early career at Gentleman Scholar and Oddfellows. It was working for these top-notch motion studios that gave her the confidence to branch out on her own. Now, as a full-time freelancer, she enjoys diving headfirst into passion projects, collaborating with new friends, and advocating for other women in the industry.

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Course Overview

WEEK NUMBER

Meet your classmates, get comfy with the Student Portal, learn about the tools you'll need to complete this course, and dive right in with your first project designed to get you illustrating right away.

What you’ll Learn
  • Familiarize Yourself with the Course
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Workflow Tips and Tricks
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Apr 4

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assignments

1 Project

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6 Hrs

Learn how to create a strong concept that you can turn into boards. You'll start by getting your ideas down on paper, and learn how to present those ideas clearly to a client. You'll finish the week by completing the illustration you created the concept for.

What you’ll Learn
  • Creating Strong Concepts
  • Present Your Ideas to a Client
  • Complete a Set of Illustrated Boards
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Apr 11

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

This week you'll learn how to break things down into their essential forms. These forms are the building blocks that you can use to create abstract compositions that look good and stand out. You'll also learn how to make and apply textures to your illustrations.

What you’ll Learn
  • Break things down into Basic Forms and Shapes
  • Using Color to Create a Mood
  • Use Textures Effectively
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Apr 18

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assignments

2 Projects

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6 Hrs

This week you'll have a full week to put your head down and focus on your work. We'll give you some bonus content filled with insights on what it's like to become a professional illustrator, and how to get over the fear, frustration, and other feelings you may encounter early in your journey.

What you’ll Learn
  • Breaking through Imposter Syndrome
  • Working as an Illustrator for Motion
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Apr 25

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assignments

0 Projects

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6 Hrs

Every Illustrator needs to know how to work in different perspectives, even the ones creating pieces for Motion Design. During this week we'll lay the foundations for you to tackle different perspectives, and even how to abstract them in cool new ways.

What you’ll Learn
  • 1,2, & 3 Point Perspective
  • Using Isometric Perspective
  • Blending Different Perspectives to Abstract Things
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May 2

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assignments

2 Projects

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6 Hrs

It's time to add in characters! You'll learn the basics of creating charming characters that have strong poses and forms. You'll start the week with the basics, then play around with stylizing your characters in fun ways.

What you’ll Learn
  • Creating Charming Characters
  • Illustrating Strong Poses and Forms
  • Stylizing Characters
week start

May 9

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assignments

2 Projects

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6 Hrs

It's time for another Focus Week where you can spend some time really digging into those projects we've given you. You'll have some more bonus content that focuses on what it's like working as an animator with boards from another person, and what you can do as an Illustrator to make it easier for your animator friends.

What you’ll Learn
  • Working with Illustrations as an Animator
  • Preparing Your Work for Animation
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May 16

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0 Projects

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6 Hrs

There are a lot of different styles of Illustration out there. This week you'll be exploring what it's like to change a style that's already been set by another artist. You'll also work on creating artwork that has a very specific mood and feel to it.

What you’ll Learn
  • Defining a Style
  • Capturing a Mood
  • Stepping Outside of your Comfort Zone
week start

May 23

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assignments

2 Projects

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6 Hrs

There are a lot of different styles of Illustration out there. This week you'll be exploring what it's like to change a style that's already been set by another artist. You'll also work on creating artwork that has a very specific mood and feel to it.

What you’ll Learn
  • Put Your Skills to the Test
  • Create a Full Set of Boards for a Client
week start

May 30

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assignments

2 Projects

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6 Hrs

There are a lot of different styles of Illustration out there. This week you'll be exploring what it's like to change a style that's already been set by another artist. You'll also work on creating artwork that has a very specific mood and feel to it.

What you’ll Learn
  • Extended Critique Period
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Jun 6

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assignments

2 Projects

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6 Hrs

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FAQs

How much time do I need to commit?

You can expect to commit at least 15 - 20 hours per week on coursework. The video lessons are 1-2 hours in length. There are 13 assignments total. Typically assigned on Mondays and Thursdays with soft deadlines the next day. There are designated weeks with no lessons or assignments built into the schedule so that students can keep up with the pace of the course.

Schedule and Course Length

12 Weeks of Illustration for Motion

  • Week 1: Orientation Week
  • Weeks 2 - 3: Lessons and Assignments
  • Week 4: Focus Week (no new assignments or lessons this week)Weeks 5 - 6 Lessons and Assignments
  • Week 7: Focus Week (no new assignments or lessons this week)
  • Weeks 8 - 9 Lessons and Assignments
  • Weeks 10 - 12 Extended Critique (no new assignments or lessons this week)

What is the required software?

Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 (20.0.0 or Higher).

Access to a camera if you need to use pen and paper to create line work for Illustrations.

Strongly Recommended

A drawing tablet, of any kind.

Adobe Illustrator CC 2019 (23.1.0 or Higher).

During this course you will learn to create a variety of Illustration styles that can be used in Motion Graphics, or other commercial illustration. We recommend looking at work created by Sarah Beth Morgan, or by some well known studios like Gunner, Oddfellows, Buck, and Giant Ant for stylistic reference.

Although you can start with a physical medium we'll be working and finalizing our designs using Photoshop. The instructor, Sarah Beth Morgan, will be using Photoshop for the Illustration for Motion lessons. There will be many different opportunities to learn tips and gain workflow advice for Photoshop.


Illustration For Motion vs. Design Bootcamp

Here's what some alumni have to say about their experience in Illustration For Motion vs. Design Bootcamp.

"I think of it this way: in Animation Bootcamp, pretty much everything is handed to you, and you make it move. In Design Bootcamp, you need to come up with your ideas, make moodboards, find matching assets and put things together. Illustration For Motion is even broader than that — you can make literally anything happen, but that can also be challenging, since your possibilities are endless. Nothing is holding you back anymore, and you're the king of every frame."

"Aside from the content being very different, if you are already comfortable with Photoshop then it’s just a matter of whether you’d prefer to work on designing using assets like photos or if you want to improve in your actual drawing/illustration ability. When I took Design Bootcamp it was really my first serious foray into Photoshop, so there were a few times I felt overwhelmed. I feel much better about Illustration for Motion because I am accustomed to the software now."

If you are deciding between these two courses there is no wrong choice! It just depends on which skills you want to strengthen.

What can I expect in Illustration For Motion?

In this course you will learn how to create illustrations for Motion Design. This course will be a mix of theory and practical tool usage in Photoshop. You will learn a variety of techniques that will help you immediately improve your abilities to create artwork from scratch to be used in Motion Design. You will learn new skills through a variety of exercises that encourage you to explore new styles, while developing your own style of creating artwork. You will even have the opportunity to explore some character design in this course, although it is not character focused.

What are the prerequisites?

You should have a solid understanding of how to use Adobe Photoshop for creating artwork. Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator is a plus. Examples of Tools and Techniques you should know: Using Brushes, Basic application of textures to artwork, The Pen Tool, Masking, Basic Effects (Distortions, Transforms, and Layer Styles), and Blend Modes. Having some foundational design knowledge is recommended. If you are new to Motion Design then we recommend taking Photoshop Illustrator Unleashed before this course.

Do I Need a Drawing Tablet?

To get the most out of Illustration for Motion we definitely recommend that you get a drawing tablet that can connect to your computer. If you're looking for something reliable, we would highly suggest Wacom. They are one of the most popular drawing tablets available. Every Wacom tablet includes Wacom's excellent customer support and dependability (Note: We are not paid by Wacom to say this). There are a range of different tablets that vary in size and price.

Some of these tablets are smaller and will sit well next to your laptop or desktop keyboard, while others will be used as a second screen. Which one you should get will really depend on your preference and budget.

Some of these tablets take a little more getting used to, since you'll be looking at a different spot than where your hand is. Your focus will be on your screen and your hand will be on the desk about where you would be using your mouse or directly in front of you.

Here are a few Wacom drawing tablets options for Photoshop:



Budget Conscious Wacom Tablets

  • One by Wacom - Small ($59)
  • Wacom Intuos S, Black ($79)
  • Wacom Intuos M, BT ($199)

High-End Wacom Tablets

  • Intuos Pro S, M & L (Starting at $249)
  • Wacom Cintiq - Tablet with Screen (Starting at $649)
  • Wacom MobileStudio Pro - Full Computer (Starting at $1,499)

Can I Use Pencil and Paper for Illustration for Motion?

Yes, you can use pencil and paper for Illustration for Motion. First you'll need paper (duh), preferably something that is a solid white color and doesn't have patterns. Having a blank piece of paper will save you time editing when you're working in Photoshop.

The next thing you'll need is a camera to photograph your drawings and bring them into Photoshop. The higher the megapixel count the better. You'll want to bring in as much resolution as possible to help keep your artwork crisp.

We would recommend that you shine plenty of light on your drawing when taking these photographs, and try to keep the lighting as even as possible. This will help keep the image clear, sharp, and the un-even lighting would have to be corrected later in Photoshop for a desirable result. You can also use a scanner to scan your drawings into the computer.

Can I Use an iPad or Surface Tablet for Illustration for Motion?

A tablet is also a great solution for Illustration for Motion. Whether it's an iPad Pro or a Surface Pro, both digital tablets will give you the ability to easily create digital drawings that can easily be sent to a computer for manipulating in Photoshop. Notable drawing apps include ProCreate and AstroPad.

What is the course format?

Be engaged from anywhere in the world on your own schedule. Lessons open at a specific time but you can watch them and do your work whenever it is convenient for you. There are built in catch up weeks, extended critiques, and very flexible deadline policies make completing this course possible for even the busiest professional. All of our courses are taught completely online through prerecorded lesson videos, podcasts, and handouts.

Students typically receive homework assignments twice per week, which have soft deadlines.

All student work is critiqued by our highly trained Teaching Assistants. School of Motion TA's are professional motion designers with real life experience in the industry. During the course you will be invited to a private classroom that contains all of the Teaching Assistants and students in your session. This is a great tool for connecting, asking or answering questions, sharing thoughts or insights, and winning cool contests!