Introduction to Oil Paint Illustration

A course by David de las Heras
Plastic artist and illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
Joined May 2017
, Plastic artist and illustrator

Create a book cover using pictorial techniques

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% Positive reviews (151)
  • 3430 students

Create a book cover using pictorial techniques

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% Positive reviews (151)
  • 3430 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Intermediate
  • 19 Lessons (3h 17m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever

The illustrator and artist David de las Heras has collaborated with different international magazines and publications, although his greatest contribution to the publishing world is in the form of book covers. With his illustrations you see the ideas that these books hide, counting without words what the pages give us inside.

In this course you will learn to use pictorial techniques, oil, to create illustrations capable of transmitting an idea to the viewer, either for editorial use or for any other graphic field.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Prepare the trip
  • U3
    U3. To land
  • U4
    U4. Trip
  • U5
    U5. The takeoff
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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David will start by talking about the formal importance of an image and will show it to you through a series of examples.

Through a simple exercise you will learn to appreciate the importance of color when telling a story and how it helps to guide the emotions of the viewer.

Using the sketch as a basis, you will look for the idea on which the cover of the book you have decided to illustrate will be based on.

Once the concept has been selected, you will look for a reference image in digital format and use Photoshop to make a copy.

Next, you will stain your hands with the first layers of acrylic, then begin to paint with oil.

Once finished the painting, you will scan your illustration to give it the last touches in Photoshop and finish the layout leaving the design ready to take to the printing press.

What is this course's project?

You will create the cover of a book using the technique of oil.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Illustrators eager to learn techniques that open new possibilities and anyone with a taste for oil painting.

What you need

No previous knowledge of painting is necessary, although it is advisable to have drawing notions to carry out the final project successfully.

In terms of materials, you will need: paper, pencil, charcoal, colored pencils, bodybuilder's tape, brushes, acrylic paint, oils, a rag, turpentine or solvent, Liquin and a palette to mix the colors.


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David de las Heras

A course by David de las Heras

Plastic artist and illustrator

He studied at the University of the Basque Country, specializing in the branch of painting. With his characteristic style he collaborates with national and international publications and has created the covers of books like Kalimán en Jericó , by Àngel Burgas; Rayos , by Miqui Otero or Instrumental , by James Rhodes.

His pictorial work has always tried to look for an interest in conflict situations related to the home and the feeling of belonging. Through his illustrations he establishes a dialogue with the viewer and helps him to understand the world around him.

His work has been exhibited in countries such as Spain, Germany and Portugal, as well as in collective exhibitions in La Casa Encendida and in the Matadero de Madrid.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Prepare the trip

    • Maps
    • Prepare the backpack
    • War and Peace I
    • War and Peace II
  • U3

    To land

    • Sketches
    • Preproduction
  • U4


    • First steps, the drawing
    • First layer of acrylic and beginning to tone I
    • First layer of acrylic and beginning to tone II
    • Construction with oil I
    • Construction with oil II
    • Construction with oil III
    • Construction with oil IV
    • Construction with oil V
    • Construction with oil VI
  • U5

    The takeoff

    • Face wash
    • Cover ready for printing
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Editorial oil illustration

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Introduction to Oil Paint Illustration. A Illustration course by David de las Heras

Introduction to Oil Paint Illustration

A course by David de las Heras
Plastic artist and illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
Joined May 2017
  • 97% Positive reviews (151)
  • 3430 students