Drawing Workbook Methodology

A course by Manuel Bueno Botello
Graphic Designer and Illustrator. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined August 2020
, Graphic Designer and Illustrator

Learn an exploratory system of themes and techniques to define your illustration style and apply the results to your projects

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (2)
  • 154 students
Drawing Workbook Methodology

Learn an exploratory system of themes and techniques to define your illustration style and apply the results to your projects

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (2)
  • 154 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 16 Lessons (2h 20m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

Drawing notebooks are a great way to experiment and stimulate your creativity, but they can also be a useful tool for recording your work and storing references. And for graphic designer and illustrator Manuel Bueno, they are also the foundation of his creative process, like interactive building blocks that lead to spectacular results.

In this course, Manuel teaches you his creative approach and how to work parallelly with multiple drawing workbooks that each have their own set of rules. Learn how to be organized, arrange your ideas, and analyze your creative process to look for ways to improve it. By the end of this course, you will have your own creative archive that you refer to over and over again.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Minds at work
  • U3
    U3. Let's do it
  • U4
    U4. Dialogue and sample
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start by getting to know your teacher, Manuel Bueno. He tells you a bit about himself, his professional background, his interests, and how he cultivates his creative process. He also gives you an overview of the course content and explains the final project.

Jump into the theory by exploring the differences between a sketchbook and a drawing workbook and how to use each one during the creative process. Then, take an exploratory journey through your mind, your memories, and personal references to uncover your interests. Once you decide on a theme, warm up your hand with some exercises to practice drawing lines and shapes and working with colors and textures.

Now it's time to face the blank page: start drawing in your notebooks and let your creativity take the lead. Remember, this is a progressive progress, so you can't erase or cross out your work nor remove any pages. Continue to fill your notebooks following these rules to portray an unfiltered vision of yourself, your environment, and your surroundings.

In the last unit, create a dialogue between your work in each notebook to understand how they interact and build on top of one another. Finally, learn different techniques for presenting your work, from digital formats to printed pieces.

What is this course's project?

Use three different drawing workbooks to explore techniques, themes, and styles and combine the results to create a final piece.

Who is it for?

Anyone interested in creative processes and approaches to help them find their style and create a record of their work.

What you need

Basic notions of graphic illustration are needed to take this course. A working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop would also be helpful, but not necessary.

The materials include three notebooks, a sketchbook, and some drawing tools like pencils, markers, and erasers.


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Manuel Bueno Botello

A course by Manuel Bueno Botello

Graphic Designer and Illustrator

Manuel Bueno studied visual communication at the Centro creative institute in Mexico City. During the beginning of his professional career, his work focused heavily on graphic design, until he discovered the world of illustration. Since then, it has gradually shifted in that direction.

He founded the risograph printing studio Macolen, where he edited graphic works, and is currently in charge of iconography and illustration at the graphic design studio Plan Scusi. His work involves finding roads, pathways, and shortcuts to develop an idea using images.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Minds at work

    • Preparation and differences 1
    • Preparation and differences 2
    • To the couch
    • To the armory
  • U3

    Let's do it

    • Notebook 1: ME in lines
    • Notebook 1: ME in time
    • Notebook 2: Space Inside / Outside
    • Notebook 2 and sketchbook: Inside / Outside remix
    • Notebook 3: Biotic / Abiotic intentionality
    • Notebook 3 and sketchbook: Biotic / Abiotic narrative
  • U4

    Dialogue and sample

    • Pleasure
    • Megazord
    • Share
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Drawing Workbook Methodology

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Drawing Workbook Methodology. A Illustration course by Manuel Bueno Botello

Drawing Workbook Methodology

A course by Manuel Bueno Botello
Graphic Designer and Illustrator. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined August 2020
  • 100% Positive reviews (2)
  • 154 students