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Intro to Digital Illustration: Transitioning from Traditional to Digital Media

Through hands-on activities, we will go over how to transfer skills from traditional art to digital mediums and discuss the benefits and challenges of these two types of mediums, along with ways to integrate them. Using iPads, styluses (i.e. Apple pen) and Procreate as our main tools, we’ll go through several activities building skills and familiarity with the interface. This course will survey various approaches to digital illustration and include specific exercises focused on color, composition, texture, designing your own digital brushes, and defining your illustration style. We will also go over the logistics of illustrating for different contexts (print vs. web) and cover the basics of fine art printing (i.e. selecting paper types, using icc profiles). By the end of the course students will create two-three complete digital illustrations, go through the process of preparing these digital files for fine art printing, and walk away with two 9×12″ color prints of their illustrations.

Accessibility – Please email classes@kala.org prior to enrolling so we can assess if we are able to accommodate you (and your service animal) safely and efficiently.

***Participants will need to bring an iPad (screen size 8.3″ and up), a compatible stylus, and purchase the app Procreate ($12.99) for this workshop. Kala has a very limited number of iPads and styluses for use onsite – please contact classes@kala.org if you will need access to Kala’s equipment in order to participate in this workshop.

  • Tuition: $450
  • Location: San Pablo Community Classroom / Heinz Printmaking Studio
  • Instructor: Sejal Popat
  • 6 Classes
  • Sunday, October 8, 2023 — November 12, 2023
  • 2:00PM — 5:00PM
  • TBD Materials Fee for Print Paper - Payable to the instructor on the first day


About the Instructor:

Sejal Popat is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher based in the Bay Area. She studied Fine Art along with Logic and Computation at Carnegie Mellon with a particular focus on digital media and did her masters in Information Systems at UC Berkeley. She has been working in freelance illustration along with software engineering for several years. She is especially passionate about how new media and technology can be used in the creative process.