Illustration of a Pin-Up with Traditional Techniques

A course by Fernando Vicente
Painter and illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
Joined November 2013
, Painter and illustrator

Learn to draw and colour with pencil, charcoal and sanguine with guidance from a maestro

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (107)
  • 1730 students
Illustration of a Pin-Up with Traditional Techniques

Learn to draw and colour with pencil, charcoal and sanguine with guidance from a maestro

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (107)
  • 1730 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Intermediate
  • 13 Lessons (1h 36m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

In this course, the renowned illustrator of the newspaper El País, Fernando Vicente teaches you how to make the illustration of a Pin Up step by step using traditional techniques.

With the help of a first level professional, you will better understand the process of creating any type of illustration from the conception of the idea to the final work.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Meet, search, and collect
  • U2
    U2. Materials and the sketch
  • U3
    U3. "Conquer your girl"
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Fernando Vicente will give you an overview of the historical context of this type of artwork and its evolution, from its appearance in the 20s to the heyday of the Pin Up movement in World War II.

You will discover different illustration techniques, which Fernando Vicente will explain step by step, such as the correction of style or the search for the ideal proportion, and you will know what are the materials necessary for the execution of each technique.

To finish, you will make two sketches that will serve as a guide when creating the final project. During the lessons you will also learn some anecdotes from Fernando Vicente himself about his professional career that will always tell you standing in front of the easel, as he likes to work.

What is this course's project?

Realizarás la ilustración de una chica pin-up con lápiz, carboncillo y sanguina aplicando técnicas profesionales.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at people who are attracted by the beauty of these graphic icons of the 20th century and who want to learn to immortalize them through the advice of an expert illustrator.

Professional or amateur illustrators who want to improve their technique or meet new styles and tattooers with an interest in editorial illustration and old school style.

What you need

To enjoy and obtain optimal results in this course it is necessary to have previous knowledge of drawing and illustration.

Regarding the materials, you will need pencil, charcoal, sanguine, acrylic white paint and basic acrylic stains, eraser, flat and normal brushes and watercolor paper.


1730 Students
107 Reviews
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Fernando Vicente

A course by Fernando Vicente

Painter and illustrator

Fernando Vicente is a renowned illustrator with extensive experience in the advertising sector. He publishes regularly in the newspaper El País and its various supplements, being of special importance his collaborations in the cultural Babelia . Thanks to this work, he has won three awards Award of Excellence from the Society for New Design.

He also collaborates with magazines such as Vogue, Playboy or Cosmopolitan , makes covers of books and records, illustrated books for children and adults and painting exhibitions. One of his favorite subjects is the 'Pin Up style'.

The work as a painter by Fernando Vicente is characterized by the constant presence of the human figure . He paints in acrylic and works always standing in front of the easel , even in the case of illustration. The use of the computer is limited only to the final finish: typography, application of background colors or collages.


  • U1

    Meet, search, and collect

    • Introduction and a little history
    • Historical artists
  • U2

    Materials and the sketch

    • materials
    • Style correction
    • Previous sketch (phase 1)
    • Preview (phase 2)
    • Final sketch
  • U3

    "Conquer your girl"

    • Profiled with sanguine
    • General coloring
    • We use the color black
    • Profile
    • Shadows of the ground
    • Final retouching
  • FP

    Final Project

    • How to conquer a Pin Up

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Illustration of a Pin-Up with Traditional Techniques. A Illustration course by Fernando Vicente

Illustration of a Pin-Up with Traditional Techniques

A course by Fernando Vicente
Painter and illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
Joined November 2013
  • 99% Positive reviews (107)
  • 1730 students