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Illustrating and Writing a Children's Book

A course by Valentina Toro
Illustrator and Writer. Medellín, Colombia.
Joined May 2020
, Illustrator and Writer

Discover the world of picturebooks and learn how to tell stories with text and images

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (736)
  • 22436 students

Discover the world of picturebooks and learn how to tell stories with text and images

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (736)
  • 22436 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 13m)
  • 28 additional resources (9 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

If books are also your good luck charm, writer and illustrator Valentina Toro is the perfect teacher for you. As a fantasy lover, she likes to dream up worlds for others to live in. Take a trip with her to discover the secret universe of children’s picturebooks and dare to bring your own stories to life.

In this Domestika course, learn to write and illustrate children’s books; start with an idea and follow it through to the mock-up stage for submission to a publisher. Experiment with watercolors, colored pencils, and different digital techniques for narrating adventures. When you finish this course, you’ll know how to turn your ideas into stories on paper with text and images.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. First Steps
  • U3
    U3. Getting to Work
  • U4
    U4. The Final Illustration
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by discovering how your teacher Valentina Toro made her way into the world of picturebooks and why she chose this profession. She shares some of her biggest influences and describes the final project you’ll be working on throughout the course.

In the next unit, learn the fundamental approaches to writing a story, including searching for references, creating characters, brainstorming, and other creative techniques. This method helps you gradually build up the confidence to transform your ideas into stories.

Then, inject life into your ideas: develop your characters, plan out scenes and settings, and watch as everything starts coming together. Valentina shows you some techniques to help with this process, like how to create a storyboard, as well as some tips for tackling your first illustration.

Once you’ve thought through all the details, it’s time to illustrate. Learn how to turn your sketch into a final illustration and how to digitalize it to be used as the first image of your book. Lastly, get all your materials in order and create a mock-up to present to a publisher.

What is this course's project?

Create a storyboard for a children’s book and a mock-up with a finalized illustration that defines the personality and style of your book.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in illustration and who wants to learn how to tell stories for children using text and images.

Requirements and materials

For this course, you need some basic drawing skills using analog techniques and an interest in storytelling.

The materials you need for this course include a drawing notebook, graphite pencils, colored pencils, A4-size Durex paper, a scanner, and a computer with digital editing programs like Photoshop.


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Valentina Toro

A course by Valentina Toro

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Illustrator and Writer

Valentina Toro is an illustrator and writer with a master’s degree in Creative writing from the EAFIT University in Medellín, Colombia. Her work revolves around her fascination with the unknown and the secret worlds that can only be discovered in books.

Over the course of her career, she has published seven books, five of which are children’s books. Her work weaves together textual narration with images to create universes inhabited by both forms of expression. She has also written three novels and done illustrations for other authors. She was a runner up in the Little Hakka Picture Book Competition in China and is currently represented internationally by Advocate-Art Inc.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in the Course?
  • U2

    First Steps

    • A Bit of History
    • Before Starting
    • How to Get to a Story?
    • The Script
  • U3

    Getting to Work

    • The Materials
    • Characters
    • Picture Book Morphology
    • The Mood of the History
  • U4

    The Final Illustration

    • Let's Start Illustrating
    • Making it Digital
    • The Complete Mockup
    • Last Tips
  • FP

    Final project

    • Illustrating and Writing a Children's Book

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  • 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.

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    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.

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  • 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

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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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 Illustrating and Writing a Children's Book. Illustration course by Valentina Toro Best seller

Illustrating and Writing a Children's Book

A course by Valentina Toro
Illustrator and Writer. Medellín, Colombia.
Joined May 2020
  • 99% positive reviews (736)
  • 22436 students