Using Your Sketchbook as an Idea Lab

A course by Joan X. Vázquez
Illustrator and Graphic Designer. Xalapa, Mexico.
Joined October 2015
, Illustrator and Graphic Designer

Learn how to use memory, abstract language, and wit to experiment and expand your visual vocabulary

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (48)
  • 1068 students
Using Your Sketchbook as an Idea Lab

Learn how to use memory, abstract language, and wit to experiment and expand your visual vocabulary


Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (48)
  • 1068 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 Lessons (2h 16m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French
  • Unlimited access forever

Lose the fear of the blank sheet and discover drawing exercises that can unleash your creativity. With the help of illustrator and graphic designer Joan X. Vázquez, learn how to create illustrations by observing your environment and developing a personal bond with the image, generating unique illustrations that are full of character.

In this course, learn how to use the sketchbook as a creative tool and a space for experimentation. Explore the ideas that arise from memories, abstract language, and wit, and allow them to evolve in order to experiment and expand your visual language. Once finished, you will be able to create content in sketchbooks that can be applied to publications, exhibitions, or any personal or professional project.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The notebook as a rehearsal space
  • U3
    U3. Record the chaos
  • U4
    U4. From chaos to idea
  • U5
    U5. From the idea to the artist book
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start the course by getting introduced to your teacher. Joan shows you some of his main projects and talks to you about his influences, referencing books and artists he admires. He also gives you an introduction to the course's contents.

Afterward, see some materials and resources to help you start experimenting. Learn about the wide variety of sketchbooks so you can choose the one that best suits you. Take a look at the kind of content that can make up a sketchbook: observations, notes, and conceptual ideas, among other topics.

Then, see how to turn the sketchbook into a tool for testing and generating ideas while analyzing the importance of keeping a record to improve your artistic process. Put different techniques into practice to unleash your creativity, such as the interpretation of others' works or free figuration.

Discover methods to make sense of your chaotic ideas. Start drawing through a writing exercise: combine time and space in the same image and create illustrations by navigating through your emotions and experiences.

Finally, Joan goes into more detail about the process of making his project, Chaos. Reflect on the exercises in the sketchbook and get some ideas about the possible uses for all the material you’ve produced.

What is this course's project?

Make an artist's sketchbook full of drawings, where you explore various themes and techniques that can be applied to publications, exhibitions, or a personal or professional project.

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at art enthusiasts, cartoonists, artists, illustrators, teachers, and anyone who wants to use drawing as a tool to unleash their creativity.

What you need

No previous knowledge is necessary to take this course, just curiosity and a willingness to experiment.

Regarding materials, you should have a sketchbook with paper that can withstand mixed techniques, colored pencils, watercolors, markers, India ink, brushes, colored or textured paper, glue, scissors, and any other material you have around and feel like using.


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Joan X. Vázquez

A course by Joan X. Vázquez

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Illustrator and Graphic Designer

Joan Xavier Vázquez keeps a record in his sketchbooks of everything he observes, using them to understand and go deeper into complex subjects such as his emotions and thoughts. The illustrator, graphic designer, and teacher organizes workshops in his studio, Lapis, where he shares creative processes, generates questions, and diversifies perspectives.

Currently, he creates conceptual illustrations for magazines and books, as well as for for social and cultural projects.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

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

    The notebook as a rehearsal space

    • The notebook as an object
    • materials
    • Notebooks and processes
  • U3

    Record the chaos

    • Register the present
    • Notes and appropriation
    • What are stones for?
    • Free figuration
  • U4

    From chaos to idea

    • Interpret nothing
    • I remember
    • The space and time
  • U5

    From the idea to the artist book

    • An invented museum
    • Artist book? Chaos!
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Using Your Sketchbook as an Idea Lab

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Using Your Sketchbook as an Idea Lab. A Illustration course by Joan X. Vázquez

Using Your Sketchbook as an Idea Lab

A course by Joan X. Vázquez
Illustrator and Graphic Designer. Xalapa, Mexico.
Joined October 2015
  • 100% Positive reviews (48)
  • 1068 students