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Narrative Techniques for Illustrated Stories

A course by Paula Bossio
Children’s Books Author & Illustrator. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined January 2018
, Children’s Books Author & Illustrator

Learn the basic resources to narrate and illustrate your own stories

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (1.1K)
  • 19705 students

Learn the basic resources to narrate and illustrate your own stories

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (1.1K)
  • 19705 students
  • 20 lessons (4h 11m)
  • 29 additional resources (15 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Illustration can be a determining tool in the narration of a story since it can reinforce it and offer specific nuances. But in addition, there are other narrative resources that the author and illustrator of children's stories Paula Bossio explains in this course, which you can apply to your own stories and exercise your creative abilities when narrating them.

Learn to be more aware of the importance of each of the elements that make up an illustrated image. Through exercises, you will see how to be more proactive and creative in illustrating your stories and you will exercise your ability to narrate visually, going beyond the creation of purely decorative illustrations.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. First narrative resources
  • U3
    U3. Language of the images
  • U4
    U4. Experimenting with the story
  • U5
    U5. Assembling the final model
  • FP
    FP Final project
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To start, Paula introduces herself and explains how her professional career has been, her interests, influences, and the power that stories have not only as a source of inspiration but also as a creative engine.

Any illustrated book contains a series of elements to take into account, such as the story, a narrative structure, the dimensions and characteristics of the publication, and of course, the image. Paula explains three of these elements and how they relate to the image: the parts of a story, the changes in time, and the possibilities of the book as a physical object.

Next, delve into the components of the image, from its composition to its relation with the text. See how the images that belong to a narrative system are sequential, they depend on each other; and how each element of an image can have a second reading that adds to the narration.

Select some elements to narrate the chosen story in a different way, playing with it and transforming it. Learn various sketching techniques such as the storyboard, how to apply color in watercolor and create mini-books to understand the sequences. Paula shows you examples so that later, you can start to make a story.

After working your creative muscle on various exercises and having experimented a little, carry out your final project: a short story in book form. Paula gives you the guidelines to create it, make the colorization and to carry out the finalized model’s assembly.

What is this course's project?

Create a short and illustrated 8-page narration, inspired by a classic story but containing a narrative twist. You must include a time alteration, a sequential resource, and propose a format modification.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

All those who like picture books and everyone who is passionate about telling stories through drawing and wants to experiment and be creative.

Of course, also to artists, illustrators, reading enthusiasts, teachers, writers, students, designers, animators, and visual artists.

Requirements and materials

Basic drawing skills are required. You don't need to be able to draw professionally, but you do need to be able to clearly express an idea.

You need a comfortable workspace, mixed media papers, brushes, colors, watercolors, pencils, markers, a notebook, scissors, a cutter, and a stapler.


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Paula Bossio

A course by Paula Bossio

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Children’s Books Author & Illustrator

Paula Bossio is a graphic designer, illustrator, author of children's books and teacher. She is passionate about stories: seeing them, listening to them, reading them, but above all, creating them. For this reason, in recent years she has devoted herself to the study of the image as a narrative tool.

She has worked as an author and illustrator in publishers such as Penguin Randon House, PigeonHole Books, Fondo de Cultura Económica, Alfaguara, GatoMalo, Usborne Books, among others, and has also worked as an illustration teacher at the Faculty of Graphic Design at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, Universidad Areandina and Universidad Santo Tomás in Bogotá (Colombia).

In addition, she has received national and international awards for her illustrations: in Japan (Noma Concours), in India (Katha Chitrakala Award), in Mexico (A la Orilla del Viento and Caniem Award), in Colombia (Ministerio de Cultura y Fundalectura), in Italy (Silent Books), and in Korea (Nami Award).


  • U1


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

    First narrative resources

    • The Story and its Components
    • Counting through the nonlinear
    • Telling the story through the object
  • U3

    Language of the images

    • Telling stories through the visual
    • Telling stories through composition
    • Telling stories through sequence
    • Telling stories through the functional. Part 1
    • Telling stories through the functional. Part 2
  • U4

    Experimenting with the story

    • Preparation to narrate in sequence and quick sketching techniques
    • Fast colorization techniques. Part 1
    • Fast colorization techniques. Part 2
    • Experimenting with the plot and the relationship between characters
    • Experimenting with the nonlinear and with the object
    • Experimenting with plastic and compositional elements
    • Experimenting with sequential and functional elements
  • U5

    Assembling the final model

    • In search of the story and the images
    • The colorization and final assembly of the model
  • FP

    Final project

    • Narrative techniques for illustrated stories

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Narrative Techniques for Illustrated Stories. Illustration course by Paula Bossio Best seller

Narrative Techniques for Illustrated Stories

A course by Paula Bossio
Children’s Books Author & Illustrator. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined January 2018
  • 100% positive reviews (1.1K)
  • 19705 students