Isometric perspective always gives you an amazing result with very little!

About this course

You've probably seen these maps floating around the Internet and you might be slightly tempted to make one yourself. Well, this is your chance! On this course you'll learn how to set up an art board with the right grid to create the perfect city. You can even try to recreate your own city!

I'll show you how to create a grid on which this isometric map is going to be built on. By making use of the perspective, you’re able to create a detailed city with a slick look. You can add as many details as you want, but starting with the basics first.

The course is split up into 12 parts to make it easier for you to switch between the parts that you already might understand and parts that you need a bit more help with.

What project are we going to develop?

On this course we're going to create an isometric city map. The isometric maps have a different visual perspective than a ‘normal’ map that has a top view. With an isometric map, you have the top and 2 side views from one perspective.

You'll learn how to use the Pen Tool, give fill colors to shapes, use the Shape Builder Tool, Blend Tool and correctly use the Layers Panel etc. With these tools, you’re able to create a city that can be very detailed or, start off with a simple plan that you can always expand further.

Who’s this course for? Requirements

It’s always useful to know a bit about Illustrator but for this course, it’s not necessary. We'll start off with the grid, in this case, it’s the most important part of the tutorial and this is useful for everyone no matter the level. You'll be walked through the process of setting up the grid, so don’t worry if you’re not an advanced user.

The tutorial is made in Illustrator CS6 but you will be able to use other versions as well, although some options might be a bit different. But in general, there shouldn’t be any problems!

Depending on your preference you might need a pen and paper and a scanner. There are lots of people who prefer to draw directly onto the art board but in this case, the tutorial is based on a hand drawn sketch. 

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The author

Kimberly Kembie
Kimberly KembieTeacher

Kimberly Kembie is a graphic designer and illustrator who´s always trying to find a way inbetween working manually and digitallly. Colorful, fun and vibrant are a couple of words that decribe her artwork.

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