Children's Picturebooks with Digital Techniques

A course by Guilherme Karsten
Writer and Illustrator. Blumenau, Brazil.
Joined July 2020
, Writer and Illustrator

Discover the techniques and digital tools to create unique visual narratives by composing an illustrated album that evokes the curiosity of young readers

  • Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (12)
  • 202 students
Children's Picturebooks with Digital Techniques

Discover the techniques and digital tools to create unique visual narratives by composing an illustrated album that evokes the curiosity of young readers

Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (12)
  • 202 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Portuguese
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 Lessons (2h 4m)
  • Available from the app
  • Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Illustrated children's books encourage both younger and older readers to immerse themselves in amazing adventures and identify with the story being told. Writer and illustrator Guilherme Karsten, author of five works who has been recognized with prestigious awards like the Golden Plaque (Slovakia) and the Golden Pinwheel (China), shares his creative process and guides you on a journey through the world of children's illustration.

In this course, learn to build visual narratives for an illustrated book in Adobe Photoshop. With the help of Guilherme, discover how to bring your ideas to life and convey your message through original compositions.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Warming Up: An Introduction to the Picture Book
  • U3
    U3. Hands-on: interaction between word and image
  • U4
    U4. Hands-on: the submission
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Begin this adventure by getting to know your teacher, Guilherme Karsten. He talks about his career as an illustrator and writer, shares the authors and artists that have most influenced him, and shows you his methods for finding inspiration in the simple things.

Learn what creating a picturebook entails and familiarize yourself with all its elements. After explaining the importance of conveying a message with your piece, Guilherme walks you through his creative process and shares his most-used tools in Adobe Photoshop.

Now it's time to get started on your own illustration! Using the text of your choice, look for references to help you plan your compositions. With the step-by-step guidance of your teacher, do some initial sketches, build up a storyboard, and then prepare your files to be finalized.

End your journey seeing how to combine manual and digital textures to make your illustrations stand out from the crowd. Select a color palette based on the emotions you want to evoke and choose the best brushes for your piece. Then hear some final tips from Guilherme on how to export your final artwork to send to an editor.

Now you have all the tools you need to create your own picturebook and a deeper understanding of best ways to share it with the world!

What is this course's project?

Create three illustrations in Adobe Photoshop using a text of your choice.

Who is it for?

Illustrators, designers, and anyone interested in exploring how to express themselves through illustration.

What you need

Basic notions of Adobe Photoshop are necessary for this course.
In terms of materials, all you need is a computer with access to Adobe Photoshop. For a better learner experience, Guilherme recommends that you also have a graphics tablet and a scanner for creating textures, although they are not essential.


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Guilherme Karsten

A course by Guilherme Karsten

Writer and Illustrator

Writer and illustrator Guilherme Karsten produces all his pieces digitally from start to finish. For an illustration to be compelling, he believes it must contain a creatively bold message that ignites something deep within in the reader.

He received his degree in Publicity and Advertising with a major in Graphic Design and has published five works and illustrated over thirty books for other authors. He was awarded the esteemed Golden Plaque (Slovakia) and the Golden Pinwheel (China) and is also a two-time finalist for the Jabuti Award, the most prestigious Brazilian editorial prize there is.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
    • Course Proposal
  • U2

    Warming Up: An Introduction to the Picture Book

    • What is a picture book?
    • Book Anatomy
    • Do I need to know how to draw?
    • Materials and software
  • U3

    Hands-on: interaction between word and image

    • Reading the text
    • Search for composition
    • storyboard
    • File preparation
  • U4

    Hands-on: the submission

    • texture creation
    • Color palette
    • Digital Techniques 1
    • Digital Techniques 2
    • Finished illustration and presentation preparation
    • Get noticed!
  • FP

    Final Project

    • X Albums illustrated with digital techniques

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Children's Picturebooks with Digital Techniques. A Illustration course by Guilherme Karsten

Children's Picturebooks with Digital Techniques

A course by Guilherme Karsten
Writer and Illustrator. Blumenau, Brazil.
Joined July 2020
  • 100% Positive reviews (12)
  • 202 students