Learn to illustrate a classic story using manual and traditional techniques
In this course the illustrator Adolfo Serra will teach you how to illustrate a classic story for children, providing a personal vision of the text through the images. It will show you the keys to face an editorial project of children's illustration, based on a story, working the sketches and experimenting with various techniques to create the final illustrations.
What you have learned in this course can be applied to any assignment or challenge consisting of illustrating a text and will help you to start or expand your portfolio as an editorial illustrator, since it consists in exploring different work processes in order to develop illustrations in a unique and original way using manual or traditional techniques.
What's included in this course?
You will begin by knowing in depth the work of Adolfo Serra, his professional career, his projects and the books he has published. It will teach you how is the day to day of an illustrator and the importance of drawing as a tool to encourage creativity.
With the objective of creating three different illustrations, which will serve as a sample of your potential as an illustrator of children's stories, Adolfo Serra will explain methods and tricks to encourage creativity when interpreting and illustrating a story.
Next, he will approach the illustrated book or album as a support for the children and youth illustration. The relationship of words with the image, the sequence and narration, the rhythm inside a book ... and it will show you examples of albums that, for one reason or another, are interesting.
It will also deal with classic writings and how to take advantage of them, emphasizing the strengths of traditional stories and their validity today compared to other types of stories.
Then he will explain how to analyze and conceptualize a text, extracting the main ideas and show you how he transforms words and ideas into images from sketches that will become illustrations.
I will explain several illustration techniques for you to apply in your projects: ink, monotype and collage. And you can see what procedures he has followed to create his three illustrations.
At the end of the course you will have been able to experiment with different pictorial techniques and mental processes that will help you to conceive your illustrations. You will also have developed a series of three finished illustrations of the same project or story that can be the starting point of a book or be part of your dossier or portfolio as a child illustrator.
What is this course project about?
In the same way that Adolfo Serra does with Alicia in Wonderland , you will interpret a classic story or story of your choice, providing your vision of author and illustrator.
You will develop three illustrations with a coherent and personal style that will serve as a starting point to create your own illustrated book or as part of your portfolio of children's illustrator.
Who is it for?
The course is aimed at creative people who want to enter the world of children and youth illustration, either from a text or classic story or a story of oral tradition.
It is a course for lovers of stories, who are not afraid of getting their hands dirty, illustrators who are looking for new techniques or designers wanting to get away from the computer.
To complete this course you will need, first of all, the desire to draw, experiment and put aside the fear of blank pages.
You should have at hand a notebook or appropriate papers to use mixed media and make the final illustrations, a notebook or paper to sketch, ink, paintbrushes, wax, pencils, eraser, oil, small engraving roller, scissors, glue, papers of different grammage and acetate. It is also useful to have a small box of watercolors and colored pencils.
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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. It is considered an explorer of blank pages, which is constantly filled 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 without text of Little Red Riding Hood has been published in Spain, Germany, France and Mexico, obtaining several awards. He has recently won the 19th Illustrated Album Prize On the Edge of the Wind from Fondo de Cultura Económica.