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Illustration Techniques with Watercolor and Gouache

A course by Alinailustra
Illustrator and Graphic Designer. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined March 2017
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Illustrate the scenes and characters you imagine using watercolor and gouache from scratch

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (641)
  • 11025 students

Illustrate the scenes and characters you imagine using watercolor and gouache from scratch

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (641)
  • 11025 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 31m)
  • 34 additional resources (13 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Illustration is a powerful tool to let your mind wander into the deepest realms of your imagination, and contrary to popular opinion, you don’t have to have an innate talent to create something inspiring. Alinailustra is a freelance illustrator that gives full reins to her imagination when she illustrates, and in this course, she’ll give you all the tricks and techniques to become a prolific illustrator.

Alinailustra invites you to get out of your comfort zone and rediscover your creativity through watercolor and gouache techniques, to create enchanting landscapes and characters. Discover her tips and tricks to overcome a creative block and delve into your imagination to create your own illustrative world.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Know your tools
  • U3
    U3. From idea to paper
  • U4
    U4. Possibilities
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Get to know Carolina, the artist behind Alinailustra, about her personal and professional life, and how she learned to allow herself to make mistakes and learn from them. She also shares some artists and illustrators that she admires.

Start off by getting familiar with the material you’ll use, and create a comparison sheet to see the differences between watercolor and gouache. Learn the different uses for your materials and see a multitude of techniques that you can apply when painting with watercolor and gouache with some practical exercises.

Discover the theory of color and how to apply it to your illustrations. Next, try out some fun exercises to unlock your imagination and find inspiration for your final illustration. Move onto your sketch with Carolina’s useful tips and then define your color palette.

See how to transfer your sketch onto a page, learning Carolina’s expert techniques to ensure your final illustration has a polished look. Learn how you can turn a mistake into a feature for your illustration and how to make corrections. Finally, work on the details of your illustration and see how to carry it to different types of media and formats.

What is this course's project?

Create an illustration of a scene including a landscape and imaginary characters with watercolor and then with gouache, using the previously learned techniques and creative exercises.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

For designers, illustrators, artists, and anyone looking for new ways to create or enrich their work with watercolor and gouache.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge is necessary to take this course.

As for materials, you will need watercolor paper or Durex paper, watercolors, gouache, round and flat watercolor paintbrushes of all sizes, colored pencils, pencils, a sharpener, an eraser, a plastic or ceramic mixing tray, masking tape, two jars to fill with water, absorbent paper, and a waterproof fineliner pen.


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A course by Alinailustra

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Illustrator and Graphic Designer

Carolina Alarcón, the illustrator and graphic designer behind Alinailustra, from Bogotá, Colombia. After studying graphic design in Bogotá, she ventured off to Barcelona, Spain to do a Postgraduate degree in illustration.

With over 11 years of experience in the field, Carolina now has a long list of clients that include Bacánika, DiCreem, and Freepik. She also does editorial illustration work for Pearson Mexico, Planet, Santillana, Filomena, and many more. She has also been teaching illustration, watercolor, and creative expression since 2010 in several countries.


  • U1


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

    Know your tools

    • The materials
    • Basic techniques for watercolor and gouache
    • Color
    • Color gradations and transitions
    • Negative watercolor vs Gouache
  • U3

    From idea to paper

    • Stains: Unlock your creativity
    • The sketch
    • Defining the color palette
    • Preparing the substrate and background
    • The atmosphere and the characters
  • U4


    • Details and finishes
    • Final recommendations
  • FP

    Final project

    • Watercolor and gouache techniques

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule and with an easy-to-follow method. You set your own pace.

  • Learn from the best professionals

    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Meet expert teachers

    Each expert teaches what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

  • Certificates

    If you're a Plus or PRO member, get a custom certificate signed by your teacher for every course. Share it on your portfolio, social media, or wherever you like.

  • Get front-row seats

    Videos of the highest quality, so you don't miss a single detail. With unlimited access, you can watch them as many times as you need to perfect your technique.

  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

  • Connect with a global creative community

    The community is home to millions of people from around the world who are curious and passionate about exploring and expressing their creativity.

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    Domestika curates its teacher roster and produces every course in-house to ensure a high-quality online learning experience.


Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Illustration Techniques with Watercolor and Gouache. Illustration course by Alinailustra Best seller

Illustration Techniques with Watercolor and Gouache

A course by Alinailustra
Illustrator and Graphic Designer. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined March 2017
  • 100% positive reviews (641)
  • 11025 students