Experimental Drawing Techniques for Picturebooks

A course by Fátima Ordinola
Graphic Designer and Illustrator. Lima District, Peru.
Joined May 2018
, Graphic Designer and Illustrator

Learn illustration, design, and narrative techniques to tell a story based on your childhood memories

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (25)
  • 428 students

Learn illustration, design, and narrative techniques to tell a story based on your childhood memories

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (25)
  • 428 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 14 lessons (1h 25m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Drawing is not just a form of communication or artist expression, it’s also a pathway to personal exploration for discovering fears, passions, and memories. Join Fátima Ordinola, illustrator and author of several books for children and adults, and take an artistic journey back to your childhood.

In this course, learn narrative and design techniques to create illustrations that tell a story about your childhood. Discover new ways to narrate and experiment with pencils and oil pastels using photos, objects, and images from your past as inspiration.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Before Starting
  • U3
    U3. Creating the Story
  • U4
    U4. The Story Comes to Life
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start the course by getting to know Fátima. She talks about her experience as an illustrator and shares photos, objects, and images from her childhood that she uses as inspiration to tell stories. She also shows you some of her biggest artistic influences including writers, musicians, and film directors who use biographies as inspiration for their work.

Then, discover how your sketchbook can be used as a graphic documentation tool to help you create illustrations. Learn everything you need to know about narration and story sequence and explore the relationship between text and images in a picturebook. See how book format plays a major role in composition and story development and experiment with some drawing exercises.

Now it’s time to write a story inspired by your childhood memories. Start by examining different items that bring you back to your childhood and use them as a reference to build your character and the story’s setting. Sketch your narrative sequence as a storyboard and then create your final illustrations.

To end the course, Fátima teaches you how to review and refine certain aspects of your work. Learn how to digitalize and edit your work in Photoshop so you can submit your story to a publisher or share it with the world on social media.

What is this course's project?

Create a series of illustrations using photos, objects, and images that remind you of your childhood.

Who is it for?

Anyone who wants to take on a personal exploration project and relive childhood memories to create new stories.

What you need

You need basic drawing knowledge to take this course.

The materials you need include photos, objects, and images that connect you with your past as well as a sketchbook or notebook, pencils, markers, oil pastels, 90 or 110 GSM paper, a metal ruler, and a knife or cutter.


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Fátima Ordinola

A course by Fátima Ordinola

Graphic Designer and Illustrator

Fátima Ordinola works at the design studio Icono Comunicadores in Peru and has created picturebooks for both children and adults. She has published books with the publisher Panamericana and has spoken at the Salón de Ilustración Imagen Palabra in Peru (2018), the Lima International Illustration Conference – Imaquinario (2018), and the Lima International Book Fair (2019).

Fátima tries to write her books in such a way that each page and illustration invite the reader into an intimate and authentic space. She draws on personal photos and objects from her family for inspiration and approaches to storytelling which she then uses to fill the blank page.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in This Course?
  • U2

    Before Starting

    • Visual References
    • Binnacle
    • Narrative Sequence
    • Materials
    • Stroke Exercises
  • U3

    Creating the Story

    • Observation of the Past
    • Creation of Narrative Sequence
    • The Character and His Atmosphere
    • Final Vignettes
  • U4

    The Story Comes to Life

    • Final Sequence
    • Vignette Digitization
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Experimental drawing techniques for picture books

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    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

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    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate as you about creativity.

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  • Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need for completing a specific final 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 instructor and other users, thus creating a dynamic course community.

  • The course is 100% online, so once they are 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.

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Experimental Drawing Techniques for Picturebooks. A Illustration course by Fátima Ordinola

Experimental Drawing Techniques for Picturebooks

A course by Fátima Ordinola
Graphic Designer and Illustrator. Lima District, Peru.
Joined May 2018
  • 100% positive reviews (25)
  • 428 students