Capture Your Emotions into a Moody Scene - Digital Illustration Class

By 221

$139.00 $184.00
30 lessons
Running time
5h 19m
By Creator
List: $184
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1. Learn at your own pace in this 20-week online course.
Artistic guidance & feedback from the artist herself.
3. Engaged & supportive community of peers to exchange feedback.
4. English subtitles (Original audio in Korean).

5. Enroll now to start learning right away!

See for yourself to the improvements our classmates have made in this course!
181 students enrolled and 90% said they were satisfied with this course.

I was going to start the next lesson, but this one was so fun I drew another piece!! ! !! ! ! Now onto the next~~

-by Han Ji Hyung

Without thinking, I drew an object that I use a lot. Because there are a lot of curves, adding gradation is a bit awkward haha

-by Lim Sung Ji

It’s not an object but..! I tried drawing a photo of a place I went to recently! I think there are a lot of awkward places because I don’t have enough experience with perspective.

-by CMK

Moody and Atmospheric Scenes

Illustrators have to not only portray their subjects, but also create a mood, atmosphere, and sometimes even a story, all in a single image! 221’s illustrations have a moody atmosphere that instills specific emotions within its viewers.

What separates 221 from other creators is that he doesn’t place animals or people as subjects in his art. His aim is to capture “loneliness” in his digital illustrations, with drawings that anyone can relate to.

Like What You See? Here’s What You’ll Learn

1. Drawing simple objects

221 will teach you about the tools in Adobe Illustrator that will help you easily draw any object using simple shapes.


2. Adding a background to your objects.

The next step is adding your objects to a background and start to fill your page with the essentials

3. Expressing desired emotions

This last step has many parts:

  • How to pick good colors and tips to creating color schemes
  • How to create the mood you want through light and shadow
  • Differences between applying light and shadow in bright and dark pictures
  • How to give a sense of time, change the direction of light, and apply emotions based on your own photos

By the end of class, you should be a master at creating moody digital drawings, just like 221. With enough practice, you’ll be able to naturally express your emotions through art and create images that tell their own story: a lonely night at home, a sad goodbye.

Step 01 : Adobe Illustrator for Beginners

This class uses Adobe Illustrator to create drawings. Learn about the basic functions of Illustrator including the basic tools, layer settings, shortcuts, and more.

Step 02 : Drawing Simple Objects

The illustrations you learn to make in this class are based on real photos and objects. Learn how to draw the simple things you see in everyday life.

Step 03 : Adding a Simple Background

Your objects need a background that complements them. Learn how to draw a simple background, then add objects to it.

Step 04 : Expressing Emotions with Light and Shadows

Light and shadows create the mood of an image. Learn how to manipulate these elements to get your desired mood and atmosphere.

Step 05 : Recreating Your Photos

With Adobe Illustrator, you can easily transform photos you took into a digital drawing. Learn how to recapture the moment you took the photo.

Step 06 : Creating Virtual Spaces

You can create virtual images that represent your emotions. Learn how to use digital drawings to draw virtual spaces that give viewers a look inside your mind.

Pre-class Chapter

Upload the photos you want to draw!

Welcome to 221’s Digital Drawing Class

  1. Introducing the class: digitally drawing objects and backgrounds
  2. Meet 221: illustrator, artist, and your instructor
  3. Preparing for class: a mouse and Adobe Illustrator

01. Adobe Illustrator A-Z

  1. On the basic tools and shortcuts
  2. How to effectively use layers
  3. Pathfinder: the core of creating shapes
  4. The tool configurations you need to succeed

02. Drawing Objects

  1. Practice: drawing shapes and lines
  2. Nintendo Switch: drawing without sketching
  3. Line thickness: changing the atmosphere of your drawings

03. Drawing Backgrounds

  1. How to get 3D with only a few lines
  2. Depth: catching details that are easy to miss
  3. Engaging backgrounds: you don’t have to fill the whole space

04. Halfway Check and Some Tips

  1. Cleaning up your lines
  2. Color theory: choosing colors you like
  3. Color scheme: finding matching colors

05. Creating Atmosphere: Light and Shadow

  1. Expressing light and shadow in bright illustrations
  2. Expressing light and shadow in dark illustrations
  3. Achieving a Gaussian blur

06. Drawing Your Own Photos

  1. The most important part: taking your photos
  2. Things to note when turning your photos into drawings
  3. Changing atmosphere: using light and colors to change the mood

07. Your Own Images and Emotions

  1. How to express emotion in an image
  2. Planning: filling your page with objects
  3. Things to note when creating a virtual space

Bonus: About 221

  1. Full demonstration: using a student’s photo to create a virtual drawing
  2. How I started work as an illustrator
  3. Talking about some of my artwork

Outro: Congratulations on Finishing the Class!

In closing: draw whatever, whenever you want

Illustrator 221


I'm 221, an illustrator who brings loneliness to life through art. Additionally, I record my life’s events and emotions in drawings.

I used to like drawing with my hands, but I started digital drawing because I thought I was too hesitant when using colors. Through that practice, I recognized the charms of digital drawing.

I reflect on my memories and feelings from the past, or draw things that affect me in my life. It is sometimes a space that actually exists, but I also work to turn emotions into virtual spaces. Often times, scenes from a movie or a Japanese animation are often reflected in my work.

You may think that the feelings from the word 'loneliness' itself and the atmosphere of my work are somewhat dark, but I draw illustrations where 'people' don't appear at all because I try to draw artwork that anyone can relate to.

  • People who like illustrations with a realistic feel
  • People who like drawing backgrounds and objects more than people
  • People who want to express their emotions in drawings
  • People who are unfamiliar with Adobe Illustrator and want to learn its basic functions
  • This class uses Adobe Illustrator CC/CS
  • Adobe Illustrator is a subscription-based paid software
  • To take this class, you need to have access to Adobe Illustrator
  • The class will fully cover how to use and apply the program

Duration of the course

You can access the class videos for 32 weeks. Within that period, you can replay the videos in as many devices as you want.

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Class Preparation

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