During this Design Cuts Live session, we had the pleasure of speaking with Mike Tran (A.K.A. Rising Kirin), the creative specialist who’s always been passionate about all things art and design. He enjoys learning and wearing many different hats by taking on creative projects that put his skills to the test.

When Mike isn’t designing or illustrating, he’s using his platform to help aspiring designers or professional graphic artists. For this session, he taught us the fundamentals of using the pen tool, shape operations, layers, special effects, brushes (and more) by turning raster sketches into vector artwork.