Children's Narrative Illustration with Mixed Techniques

A course by Cecilia Varela
Illustrator Specializing in Children's Illustrations. Córdoba, Argentina.
Joined April 2020
, Illustrator Specializing in Children's Illustrations

Create an illustrated story full of life with a unique style that combines multiple techniques

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (124)
  • 1692 students

Create an illustrated story full of life with a unique style that combines multiple techniques



Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (124)
  • 1692 students
  • 14 lessons (2h 17m)
  • 25 additional resources (10 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

Even the smallest details in your life, something you saw, heard, or felt, can be a source of inspiration for a story. Cecilia Varela, illustrator and author of several children's books, teaches you how to look deeper into your world to create new ones.

In this course, learn how to craft a narrative illustration full of life and meaning. Create an illustrated story with a unique style by experimenting with a variety of techniques including gouache, acrylic paints, collage, colored pencils, and watercolors.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. What Is a Narrative Illustration?
  • U3
    U3. Starting to Narrate
  • U4
    U4. Final Touches and Post-Production
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start the course by getting to know Cecilia Varela. She explains how she got started in the world of illustration and tells you a bit about her professional background. She also shows you some of the artists she admires and talks about the places, situations, and experiences that have inspired her work.

In the next unit, cover the basics of narrative illustration including what it is and the most commonly used materials and techniques. Analyze the work of several professional illustrators to see how they developed their distinct styles and then practice the art of observation in search of inspiration and your own visual storytelling style.

Next, gather some objects that inspire you and use them to draw your characters in different poses and postures and create their surroundings. Experiment with collage and create multiple compositions to see how the different elements interact until you find the perfect combination for your final illustration. Then, create a color palette that expresses your protagonists' personality and emotions. Explore different techniques with acrylics, gouache, and colored pencils and add visual textures to your illustration.

Finally, learn how to use basic Photoshop tools to retouch your illustration and get it ready to print or share on your social media. To wrap things up, Cecilia gives you some tips on how to protect and preserve your original illustration.

What is this course's project?

Create a narrative illustration using a variety of techniques including gouache, acrylic paints, collage, colored pencils, ink, and watercolors.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Amateur or professional illustrators interested in exploring narrative illustration.

Requirements and materials

Basic notions of drawing and painting will be helpful, but not necessary.

The materials for this course include paper, charcoal, oil pastels, India ink, colored pencils, black or graphite pencils of different degrees of hardness, brushes with synthetic bristles, acrylic paints, gouache, and other items the teacher will show you in the course. You also need a computer with Adobe Photoshop if you plan on digitizing your work.


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Cecilia Varela

A course by Cecilia Varela

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Illustrator Specializing in Children's Illustrations

Cecilia Varela is a Córdoba-based (Argentina) illustrator and author of several children's books. Ever since she was a little girl, she knew she wanted to be an illustrator, a dream that grew out of her passion for children's books and stories. She studied at the National Institute of Fine Arts and specialized in drawing and painting.

She won first prize at the Mexican Illustrators Contest in 2007 and has since then collaborated with different publishers in Mexico and Spain, like Edelvives and Alfaguara. Cecilia creates her artwork by hand and then digitizes it for publishing. She uses a wide variety of techniques in her work, but most often creates with acrylics, gouache, collage, and colored pencils.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    What Is a Narrative Illustration?

    • Materials
    • What Is a Narrative Illustration?
    • Observation
  • U3

    Starting to Narrate

    • Characters
    • Action and Movement
    • The Environment
    • Composition
    • Color 1
    • Color 2
    • Visual Textures
  • U4

    Final Touches and Post-Production

    • Digital Retouch
    • Saving and Publishing
  • FP

    Final project

    • Children's Narrative Illustration with Mixed Techniques

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Children's Narrative Illustration with Mixed Techniques. Illustration course by Cecilia Varela

Children's Narrative Illustration with Mixed Techniques

A course by Cecilia Varela
Illustrator Specializing in Children's Illustrations. Córdoba, Argentina.
Joined April 2020
  • 100% positive reviews (124)
  • 1692 students