Artist's Notebook: Explore Illustration Techniques

A course by Jesús Cisneros
Drawing Artist, Illustrator, and Teacher. Zaragoza, Spain.
Joined June 2020
, Drawing Artist, Illustrator, and Teacher

Spark your imagination and transform the experience of drawing into a source of inspiration and learning

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (134)
  • 2089 students

Spark your imagination and transform the experience of drawing into a source of inspiration and learning

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (134)
  • 2089 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 13 Lessons (2h 11m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

An artist's notebook is the perfect way to experiment and explore the art of drawing. Artist, illustrator, and teacher Jesús Cisneros uses them to play with different techniques jumping from pencil to paint brush and switching from black and white to color while covering a range of topics like nature, animals, and the human body.

In this course, learn how to transform the experience of drawing into a source of inspiration and learning with your artist's notebook. Try out different inspirational exercises and discover new ways to spark your imagination and original approaches to creating art.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Techniques and materials
  • U3
    U3. A walk through nature and imagination
  • U4
    U4. The notebook is your archive and source of learning
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start the course by getting to know your teacher, Jesús Cisneros, and hear about his versatile professional career as a drawing artist, illustrator, and instructor. He also shares some of his sources of inspiration and artists whose work speaks to him on a creative level.

Before you open your notebook, explore the different materials you will be using during the course. Jesús then shows you a series of techniques you can combine them with, including papercut with painted paper, calligraphy drawing with India Ink, and painting with oil pastels.

Next, embark on a journey through nature from seed to plant, from plant to garden, and from garden to forest and experiment depicting natural elements, animals, and the human figure. As you travel from one environment to another, practice the techniques introduced earlier in the course to compile a broad collection of graphics ideas.

Bring the process full circle by learning how to connect your drawings with one another to create images that defy real-world possibilities but exist perfectly on paper. Use these diverse compositions to express your ideas and create art for posters, book covers, print illustrations, and much more.

What is this course's project?

Follow a series of exercises to create an artist's notebook where you can experiment with creative techniques and explore your imagination.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Anyone interested in drawing and illustration regardless of your skill level.

What you need

No previous experience is needed, just come ready to draw and learn something new.

The materials for this course include drawing notebooks, oil pastels, pencils, oil paints, watercolors, India ink, and paint brushes.


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Jesús Cisneros

A course by Jesús Cisneros

Drawing Artist, Illustrator, and Teacher

Jesús Cisneros is a Spanish artist, illustrator, and teacher who has spent most of his career in Spain and several years in Mexico. As a drawing artist, he fills notebooks with his creations and then transforms them into graphic works of art and expositions, some of which have gone on display in Mexico City, Seoul, and Marseille. As an illustrator, he has published books in Spain, Mexico, Colombia, France, and the United Kingdom and has created illustrations for book covers, magazines, posters, and other related projects. He also travels the world sharing his knowledge in workshops and teaching courses for the International School of Illustration as part of the Štĕpán Zavřel Foundation in Sàrmede, Italy.

Over the course of his career, his work has been featured three times at the Bologna Children's Book Fair and recognized on numerous occasions including honorable mention at the biennial Ilustrarte exposition, the Honorable Mention Prize at Sharjah, the I colori del Sacro Award, and the Lazarillo Illustration Award.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Techniques and materials

    • Necessary materials
    • Techniques
  • U3

    A walk through nature and imagination

    • Seed and origin 1
    • Seed and origin 2
    • Garden and forest 1
    • Garden and forest 2
    • Animals and masks 1
    • Animals and masks 2
    • Humans and fabulous beings
  • U4

    The notebook is your archive and source of learning

    • Building images
    • Relationship and usefulness with our notebook
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Artist's Notebook: Explore Illustration Techniques

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Artist's Notebook: Explore Illustration Techniques. A Illustration course by Jesús Cisneros

Artist's Notebook: Explore Illustration Techniques

A course by Jesús Cisneros
Drawing Artist, Illustrator, and Teacher. Zaragoza, Spain.
Joined June 2020
  • 100% Positive reviews (134)
  • 2089 students