Creating Characters for Children's Stories with Procreate

A course by Jimena S. Sarquiz
Illustrator. Ciudad de México, Mexico.
On Domestika since 04/06/2020
, Illustrator

Learn how to tell stories and convey emotions through children's illustration with your iPad

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 271 students
 Creating Characters for Children's Stories with Procreate

Learn how to tell stories and convey emotions through children's illustration with your iPad

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 271 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 18 Lessons (3h 56m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
  • Unlimited access forever

The most emotional and expressive characters are also the ones who bring out the most smiles. Since her childhood, Jimena S. Sarquiz has been comforted by animation and illustrated stories. Now she tries to bring that same happiness to others through her playful illustrations for children. After working with a range of tools and techniques, Procreate has become her favorite design tool by allowing her to create on-the-go.

In this course, learn to design characters for children's stories from scratch and integrate them into a scene using your iPad Pro. Work with different methods to compose figures and bring them to life with multiple expressions. Finally, discover how to tell your unique story through illustration.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The bases of the character
  • U3
    U3. From sketch to character
  • U4
    U4. Create an illustration
  • FP
    FP Final project
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To begin, explore Jimena's career and influences. Discover how her passion for drawing and love for picture books led her to become a children's illustrator. Learn about her experience with Procreate and the reasons why it’s become her tool of choice. From there, discover her different techniques so you can draw alongside her throughout the course.

Start designing your character using a sentence or phrase which sparks your creativity. Continue by creating a mood board and gathering visual references for your project. Then, learn to draw bodies by creating basic shapes to achieve more variety in your designs. These same figures will become three-dimensional objects and compose the skeleton of your character. Experiment with different facial expressions and body postures to help bring your character to life.

Once you’ve defined your character, use it to start creating your illustration in Procreate. First, use the drawing guides to create a perspective grid that serves as a reference for drawing your background image. Next, Jimena shows you the tools for inking and coloring. Finally, add details with highlights and shadows to make it really shine.

To wrap up your project, discover the best way to export your illustration depending on your purpose. You can export it and continue working in another program, prepare it for final delivery to a client, or start sharing it on social media.

What is this course's project?

In this course, create a colorful children's illustration of a character and their imaginary friend using Procreate.

Who is it for?

Illustrators, designers, or anyone with notions of drawing who wants to learn how to tell stories with their images.

What you need

For this course, you will need basic drawing knowledge.

You will also need an iPad or iPad Pro (iOS 11.1 or newer), an Apple Pencil, and the Procreate drawing app installed.

Jimena S. Sarquiz

A course by Jimena S. Sarquiz


Jimena S. Sarquiz is a freelance illustrator specializing in the illustration of books for children and young people. During her career, she has had the opportunity to illustrate books for different publishers in Mexico, the United States, and Europe, as well as different magazines from Editorial Televisa (Mexico). In 2010, she illustrated her first children's book. Since then, she has illustrated ten more, mostly for publishers in Mexico.

Jimena is an active participant in comic events and design fairs, where she sells her illustrations. Her work can be found on social media under the name Monitos Bonitos.


  • U1


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

    The bases of the character

    • Know your workspace
    • Where do ideas come from?
    • Mood boards
    • Drawing with basic shapes
    • Thinking in 3 dimensions
  • U3

    From sketch to character

    • First sketches
    • An emotional face
    • An expressive body
  • U4

    Create an illustration

    • The final sketch
    • Inked
    • Color 1
    • Color 2
    • Lights and shadows 1
    • Lights and shadows 2
    • And now what do I do with my illustration?
  • FP

    Final project

    • Creating Characters for Children's Stories with Procreate

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 Creating Characters for Children's Stories with Procreate. A Illustration course by Jimena S. Sarquiz

Creating Characters for Children's Stories with Procreate

A course by Jimena S. Sarquiz
Illustrator. Ciudad de México, Mexico.
On Domestika since 04/06/2020
  • 271 students