Artist's Sketchbook for Illustration Projects

A course by Aleix Gordo Hostau
Illustrator. Barcelona, Spain.
On Domestika since 03/16/2008
, Illustrator

Document your creative process to the final sketch and use your sketchbook as a personal archive

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 62 students
Artist's Sketchbook for Illustration Projects

Document your creative process to the final sketch and use your sketchbook as a personal archive

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • Available from July 7, 2020
  • 62 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • Available from the app
  • Unlimited access forever

Researching, collecting, planning... that's the key to learning and laying the foundation for any creative process. What if it all resides in your sketchbook? Go back to this handmade process and collect your notes together with the sketches to see, step by step, your creations come to life on paper. Illustrator Aleix Gordo Hostau, known for his comics, designs, murals, and illustrations for clients such as Nike, Converse, Vans, Porsche, or Amazon, is also a teacher and will show you how important the sketchbook is in his projects.

In this course, he challenges you to materialize an illustration project through the use of a sketchbook. He emphasizes both the process of documentation and the elaboration of the project and the tools to develop it. Finally, see how to take it to another format, for example, to a mural.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Project preparation
  • U3
    U3. Let's do it!
  • U4
    U4. La Finale
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet Aleix and learn about his career as an illustrator of murals and comics, among other projects. He shares with you his creative influences and briefly explains what you will be doing during the course.

Start by reviewing the material, the importance of the sketchbook, and see how to approach a creative project from a briefing: what questions should be asked and how to answer them through documentation and mood boards.

Get a theoretical introduction to composition, how to approach it and, in a practical way, you learn how to work with it. This will help you in the first sketches of your illustration project: character, background, and color.

Focus on the character, their appearance, and facial expression, trying out different options. Then, work on the poses and actions that they perform, using the mood board as a creative compass for the project. Then focus on facial features, hair, clothing, and all the relevant details to execute the final illustration.

Move on to the final sketch, with all the material you've collected. Aleix shows you a real example of how to move your project from the sketchbook to the mural, including the digital coloring process.

What is this course's project?

Create a sketchbook that will serve as your personal archive of the entire development of an illustration project, until the final sketch and its proposed application (in Aleix's case, it will be a mural).

Who is it for?

For all creative people who want to enhance their visual background and define their projects—especially those related to the visual arts—designers of all kinds who want to contribute content and narrative to their designs, and to all those interested in planning and developing an art project.

What you need

Basic computer skills are required at a user level (Google, Pinterest, etc.), drawing skills with any tool and support, and having a basic skill level of Adobe Photoshop would be a plus.

In terms of materials, you will need a sketchbook, a pencil, paper, and a computer, tablet, or smartphone (ideally, you’ll have a computer with Photoshop installed, but it is not mandatory).

Aleix Gordo Hostau

A course by Aleix Gordo Hostau


Aleix lives in Barcelona and has always drawn. He began his career as a professional illustrator drawing for children's and young people's books and making covers for publishing houses. Since then, he has worked for the press, advertising agencies, and several international companies from various sectors, such as Porsche, Seat, Nike, Adidas, Converse, Intel, or Amazon.

Nowadays, he focuses his work in the field of painting and illustration, muralism, urban art, graphic design, and his own licensing brand.


  • U1


    • How i got here
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Project preparation

    • materials
    • The notebook
    • Briefing: the concept
    • Mood boards
  • U3

    Let's do it!

    • The composition
    • Character 1
    • Character 2
    • Poses and actions 1
    • Poses and actions 2
    • Clothing 1
    • Clothing 2
  • U4

    La Finale

    • The final sketch 1
    • The final sketch 2
    • From notebook to mural: practical example
  • FP

    Final project

    • Artist notebook for illustration projects

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Artist's Sketchbook for Illustration Projects. A Illustration course by Aleix Gordo Hostau

Artist's Sketchbook for Illustration Projects

A course by Aleix Gordo Hostau
Illustrator. Barcelona, Spain.
On Domestika since 03/16/2008
  • 62 students