Design and Illustration of a Fanzine

A course by Violeta Hernández
Artist / Illustrator / Illustrator / Designer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined March 2016
, Artist / Illustrator / Illustrator / Designer

Illustrate your own story and learn basic techniques for Editorial Design

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 94% positive reviews (238)
  • 3487 students

Illustrate your own story and learn basic techniques for Editorial Design

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 94% positive reviews (238)
  • 3487 students
  • 22 lessons (5h 17m)
  • 41 additional resources (14 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Unlimited access forever

Violeta Hernández—ilustrator, artist and designer—will teach you different techniques to design and illustrate a Fanzine.

You will discover his method of work, what inspires him (texts, illustrations and stories), you will make a brief review of the history of the fanzine, different printing methods and their materials.

You will learn different techniques of manual and digital illustration, edit your photos, make a layout, choose fonts and lay out all the elements in a professional way.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Fanzine
  • U3
    U3. Idea and Planning
  • U4
    U4. Illustration and Methodology
  • U5
    U5. Digitization and Image editing
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will start knowing better the trajectory and the influences of Violeta Hernández.

Then you will review the history of the fanzine from the underground comic to the types of fanzine: literary, illustrated, music and design.

After an initial concept, you will create your own fanzine. Violeta will guide you when defining the theme, the texts, the format, the layout, the type of paper, the printing and some editorial tips for editorial.

Once we have the structure of the fanzine ready, you will delve into the methodology of illustration and Violet as the pencil drawing and the digital.

Then you will learn how to edit your images and create a layout in InDesign by selecting fonts and preparing the file for professional printing.

Finally, you will learn how to assemble all the pages of your fanzine, bind it, prepare a packaging and leave it ready to be distributed.

What is this course's project?

You will make an illustrated Fanzine, designed, printed and packed for you, ready to distribute.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

To designers, illustrators, artists and all those creatives eager to express themselves, illustrate their stories, or even better: illustrate their own stories and give them printed output.

Requirements and materials

To do this course you will need basic knowledge of drawing and design, taste for short readings of fantastic character or fiction and basic level of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Regarding the materials, you will use pencils, papers of different textures, colors and formats, a computer, a scanner and a printer.


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Violeta Hernández

A course by Violeta Hernández

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Artist / Illustrator / Illustrator / Designer

Violeta Hernández is an artist, drawer, illustrator, and designer. Her strokes follow an organic flow, she finds inspiration in the perfection of nature, from its essence to its form.

She is constantly trying to create atmospheres where she would love to live, living through the characters she creates.

Her main strength lies in the freehand drawing through which she is able to generate monochromatic landscapes where the transition with transparencies and various combinations of colors are her main sources of experimentation.

Her work has been presented in different galleries around the world, including Monterrey, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Detroit, London, and Barcelona.

She can also be seen on various digital platforms and print media such as: Picnic Magazine, ERRR Magazine, Juxtapoz Latin America, NotCot.Org, NiceFuckingGraphics!, Prison For Young Offenders,,,, and Smile in Your Face.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2


    • Introduction to the Fanzine
    • Types of Fanzine
  • U3

    Idea and Planning

    • Define theme and the texts of the Fanzine
    • Formats, layout, inspiration and references of dummys
  • U4

    Illustration and Methodology

    • Drawing 1
    • Drawing 2
    • Drawing 3
    • Drawing 4
    • Vector drawing 1
    • Vector drawing 2
    • Vector drawing 3
  • U5

    Digitization and Image editing

    • Digitization and image assembly
    • Armed Pattern and Seals
    • Typographic selection
    • Indesign armed file for printing 1
    • Armed file indesign for printing 2
    • Indesign armed file for printing 3
    • Armed with dummy and binding 1
    • Armed with dummy and binding 2
    • Packaging and Distribution
  • FP

    Final project

    • Design and illustration of a Fanzine

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Design and Illustration of a Fanzine. Design, Illustration, and Craft course by Violeta Hernández

Design and Illustration of a Fanzine

A course by Violeta Hernández
Artist / Illustrator / Illustrator / Designer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined March 2016
  • 94% positive reviews (238)
  • 3487 students