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Introduction to Children’s Illustration

A course by Adolfo Serra
Illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
Joined May 2017
, Illustrator

Learn to illustrate a classic story using manual and traditional techniques

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (2.9K)
  • 78065 students

Learn to illustrate a classic story using manual and traditional techniques

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (2.9K)
  • 78065 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 13 Lessons (2h 39m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Combine your passion for drawing and reading literature by creating illustrations that are "worth a thousand words". In this course, illustrator Adolfo Serra teaches you how to illustrate a classic children's story, providing a personal vision of the text through images. He shows you the essential steps for taking on a children's illustration editorial project based on a story, from creating first sketches and experimenting with new techniques to the creation of your final illustration.

What you learn in this course can be applied to any illustration assignment or challenge that involves illustrating for text. It will help you start or expand your portfolio as an editorial illustrator and involves exploring different workflows to create unique illustrations with both manual techniques.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Once upon a time…
  • U3
    U3. Through the looking glass. Processes, experimentation and techniques
  • U4
    U4. And they lived happily ever after...
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start by getting to know Adolfo Serra's work in-depth, his professional career, his projects and some books he has published. He shows you what a day in the life of an illustrator is like and the importance of drawing as a tool for fostering creativity.

To create three different illustrations, which will serve as a sample of your potential for being a children's illustrator, Adolfo Serra explains different tips and methods for being creative when interpreting and illustrating a story.

Next, he takes on illustrated books and albums as the foundations for children's illustration. He explores the relationship between the words and images, the sequence and narration, and the book's rhythm. Adolfo shows you some examples of albums he finds especially interesting.

He looks at classic piece of literature and show you how to take advantage of it, emphasizing the strengths of traditional stories and their validity today compared to other story types.

Then he explains how to analyze and conceptualize a text, extracting the main ideas and showing you how to transform words and ideas into sketches that will be your future illustrations.

He explains several illustration techniques for using in your projects: ink, monotype, and collage. See his method for creating three different types of illustrations.

Find inspiration by experimenting with different pictorial techniques and ideas. Once finished with this course, create a series of three finished illustrations from the same project or story that will serve as the starting point for a book, or form a part of your portfolio as a children's illustrator.

What is this course's project?

Just like Adolfo Serra does with Alicia in Wonderland, you will interpret a classic tale or story of your choice, using your vision as an author and illustrator.

Create three illustrations with a unique and coherent style that will serve as a starting point for creating your own illustrated book or as part of your children's illustrator portfolio.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

The course is aimed at creative people who want to explore the world of children's illustration through a classic text, tale, or story.

This is a course for those who love stories and aren't afraid to get their hands dirty, as well as illustrators and designers looking for new techniques.

What you need

To complete this course you will need, above all else, the desire to draw, experiment, and put aside your fear of blank pages.

You will need a notebook or mixed media paper appropriate for the final illustrations, a notebook or sketching paper, ink, paintbrushes, wax, pencils, an eraser, oil, a small print roller, scissors, glue, papers of different weights, and acetate. A small box of watercolors or colored pencils is also nice to have.


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Adolfo Serra

A course by Adolfo Serra


Adolfo Serra (Teruel, 1980) studied Advertising and Public Relations at the Complutense University of Madrid, but soon turned to what has been his passion since childhood: drawing, picking up pencils and watercolors at the School of Art 10 of Madrid. Since then his table has been filled with colors, papers, textures and stories.

He likes to experiment, play and above all, tell stories. He considers himself an explorer of blank pages, who is always filling them with illustrations focused on children and young people.

His illustrations have been selected at Bologna Children's Book Fair (Italy), Bratislava Illustration Biennial (Slovakia), Sharjah Children's Book Fair (United Arab Emirates), Ibero-American Illustration Catalog (Mexico), CJ Picture Book Awards (Korea), Mostra Internazionale d'Illustrazione per l'Infanzia Sàrmede (Italy).

His version textless version of Little Red Riding Hood has been published in Spain, Germany, France and Mexico, obtaining several awards. He recently won the 19th Illustrated Album Prize On the Edge of the Wind from Fondo de Cultura Económica.


  • U1


    • Introduction
    • Influences. From the outside in
    • Creativity. From the inside out
  • U2

    Once upon a time…

    • The book
    • The story
    • The text, the sketch and the interpretation
  • U3

    Through the looking glass. Processes, experimentation and techniques

    • Test, trial and error?
    • The ink
    • The ink II
    • Monotype
    • Collage
  • U4

    And they lived happily ever after...

    • Time to make decisions and draw
    • Creating images, lighting up the story
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Introduction to children's illustration

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Introduction to Children’s Illustration. A Illustration course by Adolfo Serra Best Seller

Introduction to Children’s Illustration

A course by Adolfo Serra
Illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
Joined May 2017
  • 99% Positive reviews (2.9K)
  • 78065 students