Illustrated Characters with Paper

A course by Estrellita Caracol
Visual Artist and Illustrator. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined December 2013
, Visual Artist and Illustrator

Explore the medium of paper collage to bring playful and vibrant characters to life

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (71)
  • 849 students

Explore the medium of paper collage to bring playful and vibrant characters to life



Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (71)
  • 849 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 14 lessons (2h 48m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Discover how to create fun, lively characters using only paper! Illustrator and visual artist Natalia Spadaro, better known as Estrellita Caracol, invites you to join her and explore the world of paper collage. Her illustrations have been featured in books and magazines from a range of publishers like Atlántida, Edelvives, MacMillan, Puerto de Palos, and more.

As a follow-up to her first course, Story Illustration with Paper, she teaches you how to play with collage to build characters with larger-than-life personalities. Learn creative craft and cut-out techniques to make paper characters who belong to the same story. Discover why mistakes can be a good thing and how to make the most of them to bring playful and vibrant characters to life.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Before starting
  • U3
    U3. Game marathon to find characters
  • U4
    U4. From the game to the final illustration
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Natalia Spadaro, better known as Estrellita Caracol, begins by introducing herself and telling you about her art and her professional career. She also shows you who and what inspire her work before giving you an overview of the course.

Jump into the world of collage by gathering all the materials you need to start working and learn some of the basic techniques. Your teacher demonstrates different ways to make cut-outs, including the conceptual and feelings-based approaches to cutting. Then, discover what a character is and how to define one.

Get ready to have some fun! Play a series of games and embrace the happy accidents, fun surprises, and mistakes you make along the way to create a variety of characters with larger-than-life personalities. Once you're done, lay them out and choose the ones that are best suited to your project.

Now it's time to bring those characters to life. Create sketches and use collage to add movement and give them different expressions. Decide what it is that connects them and elaborate on that idea to construct your scene.

Lastly, select a color palette and the type of paper you want to use for the final illustration. Learn how to arrange all the elements of your scene and then digitize the finished composition to share with the world.

What is this course's project?

Create an illustrated scene with multiple characters using paper collage.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Illustrators, designers, students, artists, and anyone interested in exploring their creativity and discovering the world of collage.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is needed to take this course, just come ready to play and experiment.

For materials, you need scissors, glue, different types of paper, card stock, magazines, prints or photocopies, paint, India ink, and painting supplies.


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Estrellita Caracol

A course by Estrellita Caracol

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Natalia Spadaro, better known as Estrellita Caracol, is an Argentine illustrator. She studied graphic design at the University of Buenos Aires, but later taught herself illustration, specializing in collage.

Her illustrations have been featured in books and magazines from a range of publishers like Atlántida, Edelvives, MacMillan, Puerto de Palos, Estrada, Treintayseis, Gerbera, and Kalimat from the United Arab Emirates. She has also participated in numerous exhibitions. In 2013, her illustrations were chosen to compete in the Fourth Ibero-American Illustration Contest and the Guadalajara International Book Fair. She currently works as a freelance artist, designer, and illustrator and teaches workshops on collage and illustration for both adults and children.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Presentation
    • influences
  • U2

    Before starting

    • Materials and tools
    • Collages and cutouts for all tastes
    • What is a character?
  • U3

    Game marathon to find characters

    • From shapes and figures 1
    • From shapes and figures 2
    • From words and concepts
    • casting
  • U4

    From the game to the final illustration

    • paper sketches
    • expressions and movement
    • Staging
    • Wonderful color and papers
    • illustration construction
  • FP

    Final project

    • Creation of illustrated characters on paper

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Illustrated Characters with Paper. Craft & Illustration course by Estrellita Caracol

Illustrated Characters with Paper

A course by Estrellita Caracol
Visual Artist and Illustrator. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined December 2013
  • 100% positive reviews (71)
  • 849 students