Illustration: Master the Four Elements

Fire, Air, Water, Earth... Learn to master the four fundamental elements of nature, in order to apply them in your illustrations and make everybody's jaw drop to the floor. It's time to bring your illustrations to the next level! Are you ready?

About the course

In this course we're going to present the series of elements we can usually find in nature and for this we're going to use Photoshop's Blending Modes. Thanks to these filters we'll be able to apply various effects to natural elements like fire, earth, air and water.

If you're still not mastering how to use these filters and apply them on your projects, or generate a series of effects to apply to your illustrations including any series of them, there's no doubt this course is for you.

What project are we going to develop?

What we're going to create in this course is a series of, in my case, little geckos. You'll have to choose an animal you want to apply the natural elements I taught you to develop applying the diverse Photoshop filters onto.

What you'll learn:

  • Develop elements
  • Draw fire
  • Draw water
  • Draw air
  • Draw earth

Who is this course for? Requirements

This course is aimed for people that want to create these special effects and want to learn a bit more about the filters that Photoshop offers you to give a fantastic look to your images. If you don't think lights are your strongest skill, in this course the ease blending modes offer when creating them will help you when applying colors, lights and shadows to your designs and illustrations. For this course you will need the following:

  • Graphics tablet
  • Notebook
  • Photoshop or digital drawing program
Table of contents


Course Details

Intermediate level 1h 10m 10 lessons 218 users


Adobe Photoshop Adobe Photoshop


Carlota Martinez-Pantoja Bernal
Carlota Martinez-Pantoja Bernal
Carlota Martinez-Pantoja Bernal Teacher

Carlota MPB, MONKEYBARK, illustrator. A fan of Disney Studios and Cartoon Network, she studied illustration for two years at the San Telmo School of Art in Málaga, Spain. Before that, she started to learn how to draw of her own accord to try and follow her childhood dream of becoming an artist and specializing in character design. Although, she delves into other areas too, like concept art and animation, having recently collaborated in the latest video clip of the Spanish singer El Kanka.

To learn more, visit https://monkeybark.carbonmade.com/