Illustrator Fast-track
Test Drive

Express yourself, tell your story, and create illustrations that resonate with your unique style!

Illustrator Fast-track
Test Drive

Express yourself, tell your story, and create illustrations that resonate with your unique style!

What makes our Fast-Track learning method unique?

  • No time wasted on unnecessary steps and rarely used features 
  • No need to repeat every step and end up with the same result as the instructor
  • No prior experience or drawing skill is required
  • Start learning Adobe applications by working on fun and exciting illustration projects
  • Complete the chapters in any order you like
  • Create unique illustrations you will be proud to add to your creative portfolio

get your free course here

By enrolling for FREE you will gain access to:

A complete illustration project

Over an hour of instructional video lessons. You will be guided through every step of the process, from the initial sketch to the final touches.

Click on the options below to see more information about them!

Exercise files and starting sketches

You can follow along the project and replicate the illustration, or you can use the workflows and techniques demonstrated and create something completely different and unique.

  YES Creative Community

Find your tribe in our thriving creative community. Share your work, join discussions and be inspired!

Zero commitments, 100% value

Original price: $297

This bundle includes the complete versions of Photoshop Fast-Track, Illustrator Fast-Track and InDesign Fast-Track* courses.

*to be released in June/July 2024.

your free illustration project

I wanted to make an illustration for this course that could be used for the cover of a book. I decided to go with a fairy tale and I chose Little Red Riding Hood. My aim was to utilise negative space and the figure-ground principle (notice how the hood can also be seen as the nose of the wolf).

Enroll to the FREE version of the course now, download the exercise files and complete this fun illustration project! Recreate the same composition or choose from two additional starting sketches:

Additional projects

included in the FULL version of the course

Immerse yourself in professional illustration workflows from the start and gain hands-on experience through real creative projects. This is a revolutionary learning experience suited for all levels of users.

Abstract portrait

In this project we will be creating colourful, slightly abstract portraits using a variety of simple geometric and organic, floral shapes. This style can be applied to all kinds of illustrations and it allows us to experiment with unusual, funky colour themes.

I am using pop art, surrealism, cubism as my initial influences, but also bringing modern illustrators work into the mix. One of my favourite contemporary artists is Totoi Semerena from Mexico. He has an incredible eye for composition and colour harmonies. I love his energetic and creative illustrations and murals and I wanted to pay homage to him with this project.

Lighthouse

I always loved nautical illustrations and the theme of exploration and travelling by sea. A lighthouse on a cliff is such a romantic composition, I couldn't leave it out from this course. For this project I decided to combine a variety of styles including impressionism, line art and the Japanese ukiyo-e.

By completing this project, you can learn an interesting and simple technique to simplify lighting in your illustrations. Instead of complex shading and gradients, we will use only highlights to define the direction of light and the shape of rocks in our illustration.

skateboard

For this project I wanted to create an illustration that focuses on the exaggerated and dynamic pose of a character. I decided to go for a skateboarding scene and feature a girl with long hair, which always helps to describe motion, speed of movement and gravity.

I wanted the character to feel off balance but still in control. This type of contradicting setup can create tension and interest in your illustration. To make things even more unusual, I tried to create a pose where it is hard to tell the direction of the movement.

rocker pirate

This time we will be working on a cartoonish illustration, creating a whimsical, exaggerated character. In terms of the style of the illustration I wanted it to resemble a sticker or decal aesthetic with a touch of retro rock influence. 

I had so much ideas for this project and it was really hard to pick one concept, I finally settled on a pirate playing electric guitar while riding a shark on fire.

A close second was a werewolf lumberjack with an axe-shaped electric guitar

Create personal and unique illustrations!

You can follow along with each project and replicate my illustrations, or you can use the workflows and techniques I show you and create something completely different and unique. There are endless possibilities and variations thanks to the large collection of assets and exercise files I put together for this course. For each project there are at least 2 additional compositions you can choose besides the one I am using in my examples. 

dinosaur

For this project I decided to draw a dinosaur made up of aboriginal patterns and decorations. I wanted the creature to be highly stylised, featuring geometric shapes and perhaps even the forms of a didgeridoo, just to further emphasise the Australian theme.

I decided not to introduce any texture to this illustration and I also kept shading to a minimal level as I wanted the patterns to describe the forms and shapes instead.

Surf & chill

One of the biggest artistic influence for this project is Levente Szabo's work. He is a talented Hungarian artist who I greatly admire. I used a similarly surrealistic colour palette to some of his artwork. I wanted to capture a serene, inviting scenery and decided to go for a tropical beach. To make the illustration more relatable I needed a person in it and I chose a surfer studying the waves.

To add some visual interest I also introduced some textures by using the Grain effect in Illustrator and at the end of my workflow I demonstrate how to use it in various ways.

Bear in space

This is a really fun project demonstrating a lot of useful and cool techniques, like halftone effects, distress textures, using the Warp Tool for sculpting objects and so much more.

My main inspiration for this artwork were the socialist propaganda posters, but I also wanted to make it slightly cartoonish and humorous. 

When coming up with ideas for illustrations I like to pair two or three completely unrelated things together. In this case it was the aesthetic of propaganda posters, space travel and a grizzly bear.

Combining things together to create unusual results can help to make your illustration stand out and be more memorable.

More illustration projects coming soon!

This course will be updated regularly with exciting new illustration projects featuring a wide variety of popular, sought-after artistic styles.

get your free course here

By enrolling for FREE you will gain access to:

A complete illustration project

Over an hour of instructional video lessons. You will be guided through every step of the process, from the initial sketch to the final touches.

Click on the options below to see more information about them!

Exercise files and starting sketches

You can follow along the project and replicate the illustration, or you can use the workflows and techniques demonstrated and create something completely different and unique.

  YES Creative Community

Find your tribe in our thriving creative community. Share your work, join discussions and be inspired!

Zero commitments, 100% value

Original price: $297

This bundle includes the complete versions of Photoshop Fast-Track, Illustrator Fast-Track and InDesign Fast-Track* courses.

*to be released in June/July 2024.

your free illustration project

I wanted to make an illustration for this course that could be used for the cover of a book. I decided to go with a fairy tale and I chose Little Red Riding Hood. My aim was to utilise negative space and the figure-ground principle (notice how the hood can also be seen as the nose of the wolf).

Enroll to the FREE version of the course now, download the exercise files and complete this fun illustration project! Recreate the same composition or choose from two additional starting sketches:

Additional projects

included in the FULL version of the course

Immerse yourself in professional illustration workflows from the start and gain hands-on experience through real creative projects. This is a revolutionary learning experience suited for all levels of users.

Abstract portrait

In this project we will be creating colourful, slightly abstract portraits using a variety of simple geometric and organic, floral shapes. This style can be applied to all kinds of illustrations and it allows us to experiment with unusual, funky colour themes.

I am using pop art, surrealism, cubism as my initial influences, but also bringing modern illustrators work into the mix. One of my favourite contemporary artists is Totoi Semerena from Mexico. He has an incredible eye for composition and colour harmonies. I love his energetic and creative illustrations and murals and I wanted to pay homage to him with this project.

Lighthouse

I always loved nautical illustrations and the theme of exploration and travelling by sea. A lighthouse on a cliff is such a romantic composition, I couldn't leave it out from this course. For this project I decided to combine a variety of styles including impressionism, line art and the Japanese ukiyo-e.

By completing this project, you can learn an interesting and simple technique to simplify lighting in your illustrations. Instead of complex shading and gradients, we will use only highlights to define the direction of light and the shape of rocks in our illustration.

skateboard

For this project I wanted to create an illustration that focuses on the exaggerated and dynamic pose of a character. I decided to go for a skateboarding scene and feature a girl with long hair, which always helps to describe motion, speed of movement and gravity.

I wanted the character to feel off balance but still in control. This type of contradicting setup can create tension and interest in your illustration. To make things even more unusual, I tried to create a pose where it is hard to tell the direction of the movement.

rocker pirate

This time we will be working on a cartoonish illustration, creating a whimsical, exaggerated character. In terms of the style of the illustration I wanted it to resemble a sticker or decal aesthetic with a touch of retro rock influence. 

I had so much ideas for this project and it was really hard to pick one concept, I finally settled on a pirate playing electric guitar while riding a shark on fire.

A close second was a werewolf lumberjack with an axe-shaped electric guitar

Create personal and unique illustrations!

You can follow along with each project and replicate my illustrations, or you can use the workflows and techniques I show you and create something completely different and unique. There are endless possibilities and variations thanks to the large collection of assets and exercise files I put together for this course. For each project there are at least 2 additional compositions you can choose besides the one I am using in my examples. 

dinosaur

For this project I decided to draw a dinosaur made up of aboriginal patterns and decorations. I wanted the creature to be highly stylised, featuring geometric shapes and perhaps even the forms of a didgeridoo, just to further emphasise the Australian theme.

I decided not to introduce any texture to this illustration and I also kept shading to a minimal level as I wanted the patterns to describe the forms and shapes instead.

Surf & chill

One of the biggest artistic influence for this project is Levente Szabo's work. He is a talented Hungarian artist who I greatly admire. I used a similarly surrealistic colour palette to some of his artwork. I wanted to capture a serene, inviting scenery and decided to go for a tropical beach. To make the illustration more relatable I needed a person in it and I chose a surfer studying the waves.

To add some visual interest I also introduced some textures by using the Grain effect in Illustrator and at the end of my workflow I demonstrate how to use it in various ways.

Bear in space

This is a really fun project demonstrating a lot of useful and cool techniques, like halftone effects, distress textures, using the Warp Tool for sculpting objects and so much more.

My main inspiration for this artwork were the socialist propaganda posters, but I also wanted to make it slightly cartoonish and humorous. 

When coming up with ideas for illustrations I like to pair two or three completely unrelated things together. In this case it was the aesthetic of propaganda posters, space travel and a grizzly bear.

Combining things together to create unusual results can help to make your illustration stand out and be more memorable.

More illustration projects coming soon!

This course will be updated regularly with exciting new illustration projects featuring a wide variety of popular, sought-after artistic styles.

get your free course here

By enrolling for FREE you will gain access to:

A complete illustration project

Over an hour of instructional video lessons. You will be guided through every step of the process, from the initial sketch to the final touches.

Click on the options below to see more information about them!

Exercise files and starting sketches

You can follow along the project and replicate the illustration, or you can use the workflows and techniques demonstrated and create something completely different and unique.

  YES Creative Community

Find your tribe in our thriving creative community. Share your work, join discussions and be inspired!

Zero commitments, 100% value

Original price: $297

This bundle includes the complete versions of Photoshop Fast-Track, Illustrator Fast-Track and InDesign Fast-Track* courses.

*to be released in June/July 2024.

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What our students say

I Want to learn dominate Illustrator, and Later , At least, continue with Photoshop and InDesign.

I love that I can learn at my own pace and I have a flexible schedule. The course and subscriptions are not expensive. And Martin, you really explains it very well. I found your course, when I was looking for tutorials on youtube and I found a conference of yours and I can copy the Celtic cross without problems. Emails and certificate preparation are advantages. And I found other courses, (even in Spanish), but that little I saw, they didn't explain so clear that you make. Really I think the best it's your offers a whole.

Lilia R. Afonso Puerta

I've taken courses from Lynda, Skillshare, etc., and know my way around the various Adobe products ok. However, I am really learning a ton from Martin. Even when I watch basic videos like "drawing" in Illustrator, I find myself saying "Oh! I did not know that!!" These courses are very well designed, and Martin is an excellent educator. Whether you are starting out or want to make sure that you are really getting everything you can out of Adobe products, this is a great place to do it. Yes, Martin has a lot of stuff on YouTube, but the information in the courses is structured and organized, so you can clearly progress and learn skills in an efficient manner.

Liam

I took Ill and InD courses and was pleased with the presentation. It covered all of the new stuff as well as the old and really helped make me feel like I had a handle of everything. I used to go through the physical manual back in the day to get that same feeling of having covered everything.

Eric

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MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR:
MARTIN PERHINIAK

Martin is a graphic designer, illustrator and an Adobe Certified Instructor. He was recently voted one of the Top 10 Adobe Instructors in the World.

Before launching YES, Martin worked as a designer for Pixar, BBC, Mattel and Accenture, and taught teams at Transport for London, Google, Ben & Jerry's and Oxford University Press.

Martin regularly speaks at industry events; most recently Adobe MAX, the ultimate creative conference.