Conceptual Portrait – IDES 237 ’18

Here are the wonderful portraits created by the students in IDES 237 Digital Illustration. Here is the project brief.

After Effects Online Tutorials

There are so many great After Effects tutorials online that its a real challenge to edit them down to just a short list. The following are just a few of my favourites.

Video Copilot

The grand-daddy of motion graphics and visual effects tutorials, Video Copilot has written the book on how do things with After Effects.
Their beginner tutorial series is a great place to start.

Envato Tuts+

For the novice to intermediate After Effects user. These guys have been around for a long time. High quality video instruction makes these tutorials easy to follow.

Mt. Mograph

Mt. Mograph is a Youtube channel that covers some big concepts. It is also the source of one of the best AE plugins, Motion2. Here is a tutorial about how to use the Motion2.


This Youtube channel includes a 4 part series that shows how to use easing to create dynamic and expressive kinetic typography.


Skillshare has many After Effects tutorials series that go into some detail about how to achieve many different effects. This is a paid site, however I think it’s worth every penny.

Okay Samurai

This is Adobe’s Character Animator tutorial Youtube channel.

I will be adding to this list. As well please send me your suggestions for great tutorials.


Children’s Book Illustration – GD 216 ’18

The students in Illustration I were asked to adapt a classic story or fairytale to tell an original and contemporary visual story. Here is the brief for this project.

Georgia Straight Cover – IDES 237 ’18

Painting in Photoshop

In this series we’ll begin the process of learning to “paint” digitally in Photoshop. We’ll begin by making a set of custom brushes and putting them to use creating believably rendered forms. We’ll also explore how to make use of value, colour and texture to make stronger images and compositions.

Everyday Monster – IDES 237 2018

Here are the great everyday monsters created by the students in IDES 237 – Digital Illustration at Capilano University. Read the creative brief here.

After Effects Kinetic Typography Tutorials

In this series of tutorials we’ll go through the entire process of creating a kinetic typography video in After Effects. We’ll start by creating a storyboard in Photoshop and then creating graphic assets in Illustrator. We’ll then look at the best way to import those assets into After Effects. From there we’ll complete the animation in AE, where we’ll discuss workflow and important concepts like syncing audio and nesting animations. Download the source files and follow along.

There a many tutorials online as well. Here is just one of the better ones.

City Farms Poster – GD157 ’17

The students in GD157 – Digital Media I were asked to create a poster for the City Farms Society’s monthly farmers markets. Read the project brief here.

Editorial Portrait – GD216 Abby ’17

The students in GD216 Illustration I were asked to create an editorial portrait of a well known person. They could use Photoshop’s brush tools or create a composite. Read the project brief here.