Creative Drawing with Ink and Gouache

A course by Lucía Coz
Illustrator and Engraving Specialist. Lima, Peru.
Joined December 2019
, Illustrator and Engraving Specialist

Learn to let your hand and imagination run wild by creating lively illustrations with lines and color

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (181)
  • 2940 students
Creative Drawing with Ink and Gouache

Learn to let your hand and imagination run wild by creating lively illustrations with lines and color

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (181)
  • 2940 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 Lessons (3h 14m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

Drawing, in addition to being a creative technique, is an effective tool for communicating and releasing your emotions. Lucía Coz, the engraver, illustrator, and muralist, uses drawing to capture nature and portray the human being in relation to their space. She has worked for several national and international brands, specifically through the painting of incredible murals in restaurants, museums, and public spaces.

In this course, Lucía teaches you different creative and observational exercises to let your hand and imagination run wild before you begin any project. You will learn how to experiment with whole color planes and play with light and shadow using gouache. You’ll wrap things up by completing the final shapes and volumes by drawing with a black India ink pen.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation
  • U3
    U3. Finding our elements and characters
  • U4
    U4. Landing ideas
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start by meeting Lucía Coz and how she entered the world of illustration and murals. She explains a bit about her creative influences and gives you a brief summary of what this course entails.

Begin by reviewing the necessary materials. Discover how to draw lines with a stylus before reviewing some basic color theory and the many uses of gouache. Start experimenting with a preliminary exercise that combines lines and stains.

Get to know the differences between imaginative and observational drawing by creating your own universe of color and shapes based on nature. Sketch your character and the environment, create volume by using three different colors, and reinforce the shadows with lines. Finally, add the lights.

Review some basic rules of composition and understand how your choice of colors, spacing, and lines transmit different sensations. Lucía explains her creative process step by step so you can get inspired and develop the idea for your next piece.

Prepare the medium for your final project and begin to outline your pencil sketch. Paint the background of the drawing with gouache in your chosen color palette, lightening and darkening the color to create segments. Outline the shadows, textures, and details using the stylus. Lastly, add some volume with cool colors and an ultra-thin brush.

To finish, Lucia gives you her tips for creating the fine details and achieving a perfect drawing made with lines and color.

What is this course's project?

A medium format drawing (31cm x 41cm) made with gouache and ink. Learn to apply the colored backgrounds of each element with a brush, and create the shapes, textures, and lights with the pens.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Anyone with an interest in drawing who would like to learn new creative illustration techniques.

What you need

To take this course, no previous skills are needed.

As for the materials, you will need brushes (thick, thin, and ultra-thin sizes with soft bristles), gouache, watercolor, ink, and liquid watercolor to give the color base in the drawing (gouache will be used in the course, but these are other valid options). You will also need black India ink, a pencil, an eraser, two containers, a dropper, water, some pens (Rotring style), some tape that does not harm paper, a wooden base for the support of the final drawing or 300gr arch pads that do not require a base, small metal spatulas, thick cotton paper without texture for the final drawing, and thick fiber paper or cotton for the different exercises.


2940 Students
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Lucía Coz

A course by Lucía Coz

Illustrator and Engraving Specialist

Lucía Coz is a printmaker by profession and has been working independently as an illustrator and muralist in Peru for over four years. She enjoys creating editorial and narrative illustration while exploring the possibilities of drawing and its many formats.

The goal of her work is to communicate a message, which must be adapted according to the context of each project. She is passionate about conveying themes like nature and human beings' relationship with space.


  • U1


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


    • Presentation of materials
    • Approach to the stylus
    • Approach to color
    • Color and line
  • U3

    Finding our elements and characters

    • Observation and creation: Plants
    • Movement and ease: Animals 1
    • Movement and ease: Animals 2
    • Composition in space
    • The ideas
  • U4

    Landing ideas

    • Pencil approach
    • Money
    • Line over color 1
    • Line over color 2
    • Lights and details
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Creative Drawing with Ink and Gouache

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Creative Drawing with Ink and Gouache. A Illustration course by Lucía Coz

Creative Drawing with Ink and Gouache

A course by Lucía Coz
Illustrator and Engraving Specialist. Lima, Peru.
Joined December 2019
  • 99% Positive reviews (181)
  • 2940 students