Digital Sketchbook: Awaken Your Creativity

A course by Del Hambre
Illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 10/18/2012
, Illustrator

Learn different techniques for exploring your imagination and improve your method of drawing the world

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 140 students
 Digital Sketchbook: Awaken Your Creativity

Learn different techniques for exploring your imagination and improve your method of drawing the world

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 140 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 Lessons (3h 4m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

What were your favorite toys as a child? Fernando Del Hambre has always been partial to colored pencils and notebooks. From a young age, the illustrator has never stopped telling stories through his drawings. If you enjoy experimenting on a blank canvas and are interested in learning some techniques for bringing your creative work to life, this course is for you.

Throughout the course, you’ll learn how to develop a better creative process, gain confidence, and enhance your way of seeing the world. Using some of Del Hambre’s favorite exercises, watch your ideas jump off the page in your digital sketchbook, the perfect portfolio and cover letter for future clients.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Exercises to warm up the hand
  • U3
    U3. Style exercises and search for concepts
  • U4
    U4. Have a speech
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Before starting, Del Hambre encourages you to always listen to good music and never stop drawing: the two things that he enjoys the most. Listen to Del Hambre as he shares his story with you, touching on some of his inspiration and influences that have helped him reach his full potential.

Take a look at the materials and tools that are used in this course. Del Hambre provides you with a series of brushes and page mockups that are used in Photoshop. Then, go through some quick exercises to get started and not think so much, loosening up and gaining confidence in your strokes as you go along.

Then it’s time to focus on adding expressions and ideas to make your work stand out. An illustration should always tell a story, so learn how to draw concepts and develop visual metaphors. See how to interpret a brief and how to create a coherent narrative throughout your images.

To finish, collect all your work inside a digital sketchbook that represents your style. Learn how to design the front and back cover, and create a publication that reflects the work you’ve done in the course. Finally, see how to use your project as a portfolio and get some of Del Hambre’s top tips on how to market your work like a pro.

What is this course's project?

Create a digital sketchbook that demonstrates different techniques and exercises and can serve as a portfolio for clients.

The goal is to develop a small visual publication that shows your work in an alternative way, using a playful dialog that strengthens your voice as an illustrator and serves as the basis for a portfolio.

Who is it for?

This course is for cartoonists who want to experiment with new challenges, as well as illustrators looking to get out of their comfort zone and upgrade their skill set. Ultimately, the course is aimed at improving the creative process, gaining confidence, and enhancing your way of seeing the world around you.

What you need

To take this course, you should like drawing, be open to new things, and enjoy experimenting.

Regarding materials, you will need a computer with Photoshop installed and a graphics tablet or interactive monitor

Del Hambre

A course by Del Hambre


With an academic background in illustration and graphic arts, Fernando Del Hambre redirected his career after dedicating himself to editorial design for more than 15 years. After working as an art director at Prisa Magazine and McCann Spain, he has been dedicated exclusively to illustration since 2013.

In 2016, he began collaborating and developing projects as a freelance creative director for UNESCO, FAO, and GREENPEACE Spain. Since March 2020, he has been drawing in the Sunday Opinion section of El País. His client list includes Young & Rubicam, El Mundo, Icon, Gentleman, Cinemanía, Forbes, and Principia, among others.


  • U1


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

    Exercises to warm up the hand

    • Materials and techniques
    • Set up
    • Stroke 1
    • Stroke 2
    • Improvisation, working with references and color 1
    • Improvisation, working with references and color 2
  • U3

    Style exercises and search for concepts

    • Drawing, expressiveness and characters 1
    • Drawing, expressiveness and characters 2
    • Draw concepts
    • Work with a text 1
    • Work with a text 2
    • Narrative
  • U4

    Have a speech

    • Cover and back cover
    • Final advice
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Digital sketchbook: awaken your creativity

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 Digital Sketchbook: Awaken Your Creativity. A Illustration course by Del Hambre

Digital Sketchbook: Awaken Your Creativity

A course by Del Hambre
Illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 10/18/2012
  • 140 students