Illustration and Digital Collage for Children's Stories

A course by Ana Matsusaki
Graphic Artist. Curitiba, Brazil.
Joined August 2020
, Graphic Artist

Learn to illustrate a classic story by combining handmade elements and textures with a digital collage

  • Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (29)
  • 554 students

Learn to illustrate a classic story by combining handmade elements and textures with a digital collage

Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (29)
  • 554 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Portuguese
  • Level: Beginner
  • 14 Lessons (2h 3m)
  • Available from the app
  • Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

The world of illustration is much like a children's story, requiring an adventure through a weird and wonderful land filled with possibilities. And who better to guide you on this journey than graphic artist Ana Matsusaki, author of the Portuguese-language book "A colecionadora de cabeças"?

In this course, learn to illustrate children's stories using a mixture of freehand drawing and digital collaging in Photoshop. Just like in Jack and the Beanstalk, Ana plants the seed of creativity helping you build fantastical worlds as if straight from a dream.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Research and sketches
  • U3
    U3. Production of elements and textures
  • U4
    U4. Composition of the final illustration
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start the course by getting to know Ana Matsusaki, who talks about her career as a graphic artist. Ana shares her biggest influences and gives a detailed explanation of the final project

before going though the materials needed to create your final piece. Using Jack and the Beanstalk as an example, learn how to look for reference materials for your kids' illustrations. With the help of your teacher, produce some initial sketches playing with a few different ideas and compositions.

Now it's time to get to work! Using pencils, stamps, paper cuttings, and India ink, create a collection of customized textures and prints to scan helping you bring your illustrations to life in digital form.

Ana walks you through the selection process for the color palette and teaches you how to combine all your elements and motifs to create a sequence of three digital illustrations using Photoshop. To wrap things up, she shares some tricks for finishing up your piece in the program and gives some invaluable tips on presenting it to potential clients.

What is this course's project?

Using a classic children's story as your reference, combine manual drawing techniques and digital collaging in Photoshop to create a sequence of three illustrations.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Artists, illustrators, designers, and anyone interesting in exploring new techniques for creating original textures and finishes.

What you need

Some basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and drawing skills are required for this course.

In terms of materials, you need both black and white paper, tracing paper, EVA foam, scissors, tweezers, ink and an ink pad, a paintbrush, and a graphite pencil, as well as a computer with access to Adobe Photoshop.


554 Students
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Ana Matsusaki

A course by Ana Matsusaki

Graphic Artist

Graphic artist Ana Matsusaki has been fascinated by the world of images and words from a very young age. She received a degree in graphic design from Belas Artes in São Paulo and in 2015 she decided to combine her two passions opening her own studio where she dedicates herself full-time to illustration and design.

She is the author of the children's book "A Colecionadora de Cabeças", published in 2020, and her work has also appeared on clothes, wallpaper, murals, and artesanal pieces. She has also collaborated with big names such as Globo, FGTD, and the publishing house Abril.


  • U1


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

    Research and sketches

    • Tools
    • Planting the seed
    • Seeking the giant
  • U3

    Production of elements and textures

    • Stamps
    • Cut paper
    • Ink and pencil
    • Texture library
  • U4

    Composition of the final illustration

    • Color study
    • Finishing the image
    • Finishing touches
    • Presenting your work
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Illustration and Digital Collage for Children's Stories

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Illustration and Digital Collage for Children's Stories. A Illustration course by Ana Matsusaki

Illustration and Digital Collage for Children's Stories

A course by Ana Matsusaki
Graphic Artist. Curitiba, Brazil.
Joined August 2020
  • 100% Positive reviews (29)
  • 554 students