Illustrated Vignettes: Stories That Go Beyond the Screen

A course by Mariana Ruiz Johnson
Author and illustrator. Martínez, Argentina.
On Domestika since 07/04/2019
, Author and illustrator

Turn your experiences into illustrated narrative sequences and share them with the world

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 155 students
Illustrated Vignettes: Stories That Go Beyond the Screen

Turn your experiences into illustrated narrative sequences and share them with the world

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 155 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 Lessons (3h 11m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
  • Unlimited access forever

When brought together, images and text have the power to elevate a story. Discover your full potential as a narrator, by playing with this potent duo alongside author and illustrator Mariana Ruiz Johnson. Combine manual and digital techniques to give life to stories that will withstand the test of time.

In this course, learn how to write and illustrate vignettes to tell stories ready to share on Instagram. Mariana teaches her method for building scripts from your own biography and gives her expert tips to share your illustrated narrative online.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Ideas plant
  • U3
    U3. Time to illustrate!
  • U4
    U4. Retouching and publishing
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Get to know Mariana, learn about her career, how she became an illustrator and author for children’s books, as well as how she widened her creative scope in storytelling. She tells you about her influences and what you are about to learn in the course.

First, see the materials she uses and their characteristics. Study the relation between images and writing in an illustrated sequence. Find ideas to write and illustrate your own script using biographical anecdotes.

Once you have written and planned your sequence, work on how to visually represent it. Start by choosing a protagonist, then draw your storyboard, and see how to use ink in your vignettes to complete the unit.

In the next unit, digitize your work to apply the final adjustments, explore the power of color in your narrative, and create your front cover. Finally, Mariana shows you how to publish your vignette on Instagram and gives you some vital tips on how to adapt your projects to other formats.

What is this course's project?

Create a narrative sequence of four images and a front cover based on a personal anecdote, ready to share on Instagram.

Who is it for?

For anyone interested in delving into the creation of comics or picturebooks. Writing and drawing enthusiasts as well as those who want to explore their creative capabilities will also enjoy this course.

What you need

To take this course you need basic Photoshop skills and a strong desire to explore your imagination.

You’ll need to be motivated to draw, and for this, you’ll need paper, a pencil, and ink materials. To digitize and edit your creations, you’ll need a scanner or a camera and a computer with Adobe Photoshop.

Mariana Ruiz Johnson

A course by Mariana Ruiz Johnson

Author and illustrator

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and surrounded by books, Mariana Ruiz Johnson wrote and illustrated her own stories from a young age. Shortly after graduating in painting from the Universidad Nacional de Arte, she decided to focus her images for books and started illustrating and writing exclusively for editorial work.

Currently, she works for publishing houses all over the world and works on her own creative projects, in both her own name and with other authors. She has also won two international competitions, the Premio de Álbum Ilustrado Compostela with her book “Mamá”, and the Silent Book Contest with “Mientras Duermes”.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Ideas plant

    • Presentation of materials and techniques
    • Graphic narrative sequences
    • Synergy between image and word
    • From memory to script 1
    • From memory to script 2
  • U3

    Time to illustrate!

    • The protagonist of my sequence
    • Selection of my character
    • Storyboard and sketch
    • Inking the vignettes
  • U4

    Retouching and publishing

    • Digitization: texts and retouching
    • Color and its narrative power 1
    • Color and its narrative power 2
    • Layout adjustment and cover creation
    • Publication and closure
  • FP

    Final project

    • x To illustrate is to narrate

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Illustrated Vignettes: Stories That Go Beyond the Screen. A Illustration course by Mariana Ruiz Johnson

Illustrated Vignettes: Stories That Go Beyond the Screen

A course by Mariana Ruiz Johnson
Author and illustrator. Martínez, Argentina.
On Domestika since 07/04/2019
  • 155 students