Illustrated Scenes Using Traditional Techniques on Photoshop

A course by Jimena Estíbaliz
Illustrator. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined August 2019
, Illustrator

Learn how to tell a story visually by combining narrative with manual and digital techniques

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (72)
  • 1257 students
Illustrated Scenes Using Traditional Techniques on Photoshop

Learn how to tell a story visually by combining narrative with manual and digital techniques

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (72)
  • 1257 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 18 Lessons (2h 10m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
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What if you could tell a story visually, without writing a single word? Through creative techniques and exercises, Jimena Estíbaliz, illustrator specialized in editorial illustration, wants to show you how.

Discover how to create a visual story in three images using theatrical elements to give more dynamism to your characters, learn how to create hand-made textures and incorporate them into your Photoshop paintbrushes, and learn how to print your work with a number of creative techniques.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Illustrated and silent scenes
  • U3
    U3. Images that speak
  • U4
    U4. To illustrate!
  • U5
    U5. Objects also speak
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Jimena begins the course by telling you about her career and shares some of the artists that most inspire her and why.

Review what Jimena has prepared for you in the course, go over some of her techniques, such as how to visualize an illustration as a theatrical scene, going over puppet theatre concepts and scenic design, costume, and lighting. Learn how Jimena uses silence as a concept in her work and take a look at some of her favorite silent books.

Start the practical part of the course by playing a game to unlock your ideas and put your imagination to work. With the results obtained, start sketching your character and scene, learning how to give movement and expression to your work.

Move on to working on the textures for your digital illustration, using black paint, textured paper, and types of paintbrushes to create different effects. Next, do a practical exercise to work on your composition. Learn how to use different tools to create harmonic color palettes and create paintbrushes with your handmade textures.

Get to work on your illustrations on Photoshop, starting with how to configure the dimensions of your file correctly. Learn how to illustrate with layers, masks, and paintbrushes, seeing how to adjust your colors and composition. Use the paintbrushes you created to add a unique touch to your work, seeing the different ways in which you can apply them.

Lastly, learn how to print your work in two to four colors, using screen printing and Risograph, as well as in full color. Finish the course with Jimena’s advice on how to present your work.

What is this course's project?

Create a series of three illustrations that narrate a story that can be clearly understood without the need for text.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

For all those that want to create images that tell a story with dynamic characters and create scenes that communicate a clear concept. This course is also useful for those who want to learn illustration techniques on Adobe Photoshop and create their own brushes.

What you need

To take this course, you need basic drawing skills, general notions of how to use the tools on Adobe Photoshop (such as Paintbrush, gradients, Lasso, Cloning, etc), and some experience in drawing with a graphics tablet.

As for materials, you need a computer with Adobe Photoshop and a graphics tablet. To create your digital paintbrushes with analog techniques, you need sheets of textured paper (Fabriano, Sundance, Rosaspina, etc.), black India ink, black acrylic paint, a sponge, a stiff bristle paintbrush, a soft-haired paintbrush, a roller, and a mixing tray.


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Jimena Estíbaliz

A course by Jimena Estíbaliz


Jimena Estíbaliz is a Mexican illustrator specialized in editorial illustration. After her studies in Design and Visual Communication in UNAM, Mexico, she was an assistant to Juan Palomino, which began her path into illustration as a full-time career. She then pursued studies in Narrative Illustration, which allowed her to hone her personal style as an illustrator.

Her passion lies in telling her own personal stories and those of others through her illustrations. She has created book covers and illustrations for editorials such as Random House, Planeta, and for Mexican institutions such as the Secretary of National Culture, the Secretary of Public Education, and the Ministry of Education of Culture and Sports for the Spanish Embassy. She has also illustrated for magazines like Tierra Adentro, Letras Libres, KM 0 Chilango, and Palacio de Hierro and worked with musicians like Silvana Estrada, Alex Ferreira, and Pasión Vega, creating their posters, album covers, and more.

She has won the Cartel de la 39 Filij contest, was selected in the IX Catálogo Iberoamericano 2018, and was a finalist for the Silent Book Contest 2018 of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.


  • U1


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

    Illustrated and silent scenes

    • Theater in Enlightenment
    • The silence
    • Weaving a story
    • Character
    • The textures
  • U3

    Images that speak

    • The composition
    • The color
    • Digital textures and personal brushes
  • U4

    To illustrate!

    • The file
    • Illustrate in layers
    • Masks and brushes
    • Last details
  • U5

    Objects also speak

    • 2 to 4 inks
    • Full color
    • How to present your project?
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Digital illustration: characters, expression and movement

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Illustrated Scenes Using Traditional Techniques on Photoshop. A Illustration course by Jimena Estíbaliz

Illustrated Scenes Using Traditional Techniques on Photoshop

A course by Jimena Estíbaliz
Illustrator. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined August 2019
  • 100% Positive reviews (72)
  • 1257 students