Digital illustration with coloured pencils

A course by Mercedes deBellard
Illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
Joined February 2012
, Illustrator

Learn to draw digitally with a traditional finish

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 95% Positive reviews (280)
  • 2934 students

Learn to draw digitally with a traditional finish

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 95% Positive reviews (280)
  • 2934 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 10 Lessons (1h 13m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever

The illustrations of Mercedes deBellard became viral thanks to platforms such as Pinterest or Tumblr, nowadays her style is easily recognizable and many customers want to collaborate with her.

In this introductory course in digital drawing, you will learn to imitate the traditional technique of illustration with colored pencils using the computer to make your illustrations of animal themes, obtaining a warm style and full of nuances, like the one Mercedes uses in her work.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. First steps
  • U3
    U3. Coloring!
  • U4
    U4. Final retouching
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will start looking for ideas and references that will help you define the type of illustration you want to create.

Then you will prepare the adjustments of the Photoshop brushes and the most suitable format for the work you want to carry out.

It will be then when the sketching phase begins. From here you will carry out your illustration in different stages.

Once the illustration is finished, you will learn how to make corrections in a simple way and Mercedes will teach you how to tint the color to obtain a traditional looking result.

What is this course's project?

You will draw an illustration of three animals using the digital technique of painting with colored pencils, from the sketch to the final touches.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To anyone interested in getting started in the digital illustration that wants to obtain very natural results using a very simple technique, simulating the traditional colored pencils.

What you need

Only basic knowledge of Photoshop is necessary, since the technique that Mercedes will explain to you is very simple.

With respect to the materials, you will need a computer with Photoshop and it is also advisable to use a graphic tablet.


2934 Students
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Mercedes deBellard

A course by Mercedes deBellard


Mercedes deBellard began working as an illustrator while finishing her degree in Fine Arts at the University of Granada and working as a waitress. Soon he decided to dedicate himself exclusively to drawing and clients such as Warner Bros, Movistar, The Sunday Times, Telegraph UK, The English Court or The Guardian knocked on his door.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    First steps

    • Looking for references
    • Brushes
    • Sketch
  • U3


    • Colored I
    • Colored II
    • Colored III
  • U4

    Final retouching

    • Corrections
    • Matize the color
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Digital illustration with colored pencils

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Digital illustration with coloured pencils. A Illustration course by Mercedes deBellard

Digital illustration with coloured pencils

A course by Mercedes deBellard
Illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
Joined February 2012
  • 95% Positive reviews (280)
  • 2934 students