Artistic Illustration Techniques with Graphite Pencils

A course by Ricardo Núñez Suarez
Illustrator. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined December 2019
, Illustrator

Expand the pencil's limits in editorial illustration and learn the process to tell stories through drawing

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (174)
  • 2079 students
Artistic Illustration Techniques with Graphite Pencils

Expand the pencil's limits in editorial illustration and learn the process to tell stories through drawing


Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (174)
  • 2079 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 12 Lessons (1h 17m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
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One of the most important phases in illustration is observation. When working up to the concept of a strong idea, you need to become an avid observer of the world around you. One of Ricardo Nuñez’s biggest influences is life itself, the root of the stories and adventures he interprets in his work, using his favorite tool: the pencil. His work has been internationally recognized by Latin American Illustration, American Illustration, Applied Arts Students Awards, HiiiBrand in China, Australian Centre for Moving Image in Australia, and more.

In this course, Ricardo will teach you various pencil techniques, as well as his own methodology. See the importance of conceptualization in your project to develop your initial ideas, sketches, and move on to the development of your illustration and finalization.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Brief introduction to pencil and materials to use
  • U3
    U3. The time has come to put what you have learned into practice
  • U4
    U4. We must treasure what we do
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Get to know Ricardo, his story, and how he made a shift in his professional life to pursue his dream to become an illustrator. Get to know his influences and references also.

Discover the story behind pencils, analyzing the different types and the levels of hardness, as well as other materials that will help you to carry out your project.

Ricardo shows you different techniques of linework and patterns with graphite, inviting you to get to grips with the most common ones and practice them. See blending and texture techniques, then put them to use with Ricardo’s exercises.

Next, make a start on the creative process. See how to find the key aspects of a story and start sketching them. Carry out simple drawings in your sketchbook, and learn how to transfer them to another sheet of paper.

Apply several techniques that you learned previously, starting with the darkest tones that will determine the base of your artistic illustration. As for details, see how to use a mechanical pencil to create texture and volume in your drawing.

Lastly, Ricardo shares some tips to take care of your final piece, for either framing or storing it correctly.

What is this course's project?

Illustrate an anecdote about your life using graphite. Ricardo shares some illustration ideas if you need some inspiration.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is for anyone who wants to learn this technique and find a new medium of expression.

What you need

No previous drawing knowledge is necessary, only the motivation to learn.

As for materials, you will need graphite pencils 2H, F, B, HB, 4B, and 8B, and a kneaded eraser. You will also need a mechanical pencil with soft and hard lead (ideally 4H, HB, 2B, and 4B), a drawing pen with a 1.0 tip, and an art fixative spray, a nail file, a retractable eraser, a sketchbook, and any fine-textured paper without enamel: Bond paper of 120 grams minimum is a good start, and fine Bristol or Fabriano paper, for the final illustrations.


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Ricardo Núñez Suarez

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Ricardo Suárez is a freelance illustrator from Colombia. Although he has illustrated his entire life, it wasn’t until he was thirty years old that it became his career. He left his Graphic Design job for advertising agencies in Australia to go back to Colombia and achieve his dream of becoming an illustrator. He took part in many exhibitions in Brazil, Colombia, England, and Cuba; He also obtained a grant to do a Master’s in Illustration, in the United States.

His biggest influence when illustrating is life itself, filled with stories, landscapes, and adventures that deserve to be illustrated in pencil, his favorite tool.

His work has been recognized by Latin American Illustration, American Illustration, Applied Arts Students Awards, Creative Quarterly, 3x3 Magazine, Manifest Gallery in the United States, HiiiBrand in China, Australian Centre for Moving Image, among others.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

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

    Brief introduction to pencil and materials to use

    • History of the pencil
    • materials
    • Sketching and hatching techniques
    • Blending techniques and textures
  • U3

    The time has come to put what you have learned into practice

    • Looking in the text to make good sketches
    • Make the sketch a professional illustration
    • Calm after the storm: application of techniques
  • U4

    We must treasure what we do

    • We are going to make our work last
    • From here to heaven. Applications
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Artistic pencil illustration

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Artistic Illustration Techniques with Graphite Pencils. A Illustration course by Ricardo Núñez Suarez

Artistic Illustration Techniques with Graphite Pencils

A course by Ricardo Núñez Suarez
Illustrator. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined December 2019
  • 98% Positive reviews (174)
  • 2079 students