Illustrate With Texture and Charm

Enhance Your Digital Illustrations with Traditional Art

What You’ll Learn

Which Tools and Materials Ken Uses to Draw, Paint, and Add Texture
This class is a little more advanced than Arree's Photoshop Basics intensive, but Ken will talk you through both the traditional and digital tools that he uses to create his art. 

This intensive also includes a handout for traditional art materials, as well as a handout for how Ken uses digital tools in Photoshop. However, you don't need all of the materials listed in the handout to get started.

Techniques for Adding Texture, Both Traditionally and Digitally
One of the most persistent arguments against digital art is that the art is just too flat. Digital artwork can look cold and rigid. But it doesn’t have to! By mixing in traditional media and textures, you can make your illustrations look more hand-made and infuse charm.

Texture adds interest and beauty. Ken shares his techniques for adding texture to pencil drawings, working with negative space, painting textured backgrounds, and even making his own textured digital brushes in Photoshop from his art.

How to Layer Traditional Pieces of Art in Photoshop
Ken demonstrates all of the steps, from drawing and painting background elements, to drawing your main characters on tracing paper, to scanning each element, to making all of the pieces work come together in Photoshop. He'll show you why you should pick an accent color. He'll even give suggestions for where you can find a scanner if you don't own one.

Working your way through this intensive will give your digital art skills and confidence the boost that they need. This is a great class for anyone who's dabbled in Photoshop but prefers traditional art. It's the perfect class for students who've taken Photoshop Basics, Character Design, or Making Picture Book Dummies, and want to increase the beauty and texture of their digital art.


Learn how to layer traditional media and textures in your digital illustrations to add interest and charm. This step-by-step intensive includes handouts to make it easier for students to identify the traditional materials and digital tools the instructor uses.


Kenard Pak has worked on animation for Dreamworks, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Disney Television, PDI Dreamworks, Laika, Blue Sky, Hornet, and Oculus Story Studio. 

He wrote and illustrated the following picture books: Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter; Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring; and Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn. He has also illustrated various books.

Kirsten Hall at the Catbird Agency represents Ken's work.

Kenard Pak


Published Books


Intensive Details

In this 90-minute intensive, you'll learn how to draw and paint textured pieces of an illustration that you'll finish in Photoshop. In addition to the assignments, you'll have access to a list of materials that Ken uses. The live review/workshop for this class will be on Saturday, August 31 at noon, PST. If you miss the live review, a replay will be available.

Lesson 1
Ken's Materials and Drawing Trees

Learn techniques for drawing trees with a variety of pencils. Ken talks about how and why he uses different pencils, and he demonstrates drawing with negative space.

Lesson 2
Creating Textures and Drawing Characters

Ken walks you through using scotch tape, various erasers, and even a stencil to add texture to your drawings. You'll watch Ken paint a variety of translucent background textures, using watercolor, and learn how to add characters to a background with tracing paper. Then you're going to scan the art you've made. ​

Lesson 3
Photoshop Demo

Once you've scanned all of your art, you're going to put the pieces together in Photoshop. Ken shares all kinds of cool techniques to help you get your image exactly the way you want. In addition, you'll learn how to make a digital brush in Photoshop, using your own art.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! If you prefer working traditionally, this class is going to help you take that artwork into Photoshop to create better digital art. 

No, Ken does a great job of walking you through each step, and Arree created a handout with Photoshop shortcuts to make it even easier to follow. You're going to learn a lot about creating textures in both your traditional and digital art.

That said, it wouldn't hurt to take Arree's Photoshop Basic first.

Without texture, digital art can look cold and flat. You can definitely tell that certain illustrations are digital. That can work for some projects. But if you want to bring more more of the charm and detail that occurs more naturally in traditional art to your illustrations, adding texture will help you with that. 

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