Diorama: Thinking in 3D

A course by Óscar Sanmartín Vargas
Illustrator and Modeler. Zaragoza, Spain.
Joined April 2014
, Illustrator and Modeler

Design a CD cover modelling real scenography

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (142)
  • 2272 students
Diorama: Thinking in 3D

Design a CD cover modelling real scenography

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (142)
  • 2272 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Intermediate
  • 19 Lessons (3h 7m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever

Reinvent your way of working, jump to the third dimension. In this course, Óscar Sanmartín will teach you how to illustrate the cover of a disc from the creation of a three-dimensional miniature diorama or scenography. You will see how you work by not being limited by the plane and you will discover the infinite possibilities of composing a real scene using simple and easy-to-get materials. In addition, you will also learn some basic tricks so you can photograph your models and then improve them digitally.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Presentation
  • U2
    U2. Concept / Sketching
  • U3
    U3. Contruction of the figure
  • U4
    U4. Construction of the scenery
  • U5
    U5. Composition
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Real as life itself. You can free the illustration of its flat format condition and explore the possibilities it has as a three-dimensional technique. You will study easy and effective methods to build characters and objects and give them volume and texture. Óscar will give you very basic notions of lighting so that, without spending almost money, you can improvise a photography miniset. Finally, you will learn some of the digital retouching tricks that the teacher uses to give their images that special look.

What is this course's project?

The final project is to make the cover of the album of your choice, using as an illustration the photograph of a miniature scenography that you have previously built with your own hands.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at illustrators or graphic designers who want to move to a new plane, investigating new methods and techniques to create images. You can also follow this course even if you are not a professional designer.

What you need

It is not necessary to have previous knowledge of modeling, sculpture, or photography, but it is an added value to have notions of Photoshop and digital retouching.

Regarding the materials used, although in some moments of the construction tools are used own modeler as airbrush and mini drill, or materials such as styrene in sheets, they are all perfectly substitutable by simpler methods and more common materials equally effective. For the photography of the diorama we will use a compact digital camera, so it is not necessary to have a sophisticated photographic equipment either.


2272 Students
142 Reviews
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Óscar Sanmartín Vargas

Illustrator and Modeler

I'm Óscar Sanmartín Vargas, I'm 42 years old and I'm a freelance illustrator and modeler. I dedicate myself to the editorial illustration making covers for books mainly from publishers such as Tropo Editores and the design of posters. I have also had contact with the audiovisual world participating in the art direction of feature films and television series, as well as in the design of several sets for theater. I have always liked to build models and dioramas as entertainment. A few years ago I decided to incorporate them professionally as a means to create illustrations.


  • U1


    • Me and my circumstances
    • References
    • Album covers that I would like you to meet
    • Materials and tools
  • U2

    Concept / Sketching

    • Looking for the idea
    • Borroncitos and sketches
    • Finishing the sketch
  • U3

    Contruction of the figure

    • We chose the technique
    • Building the frame
    • Modeling with paper pulp and cardboard
    • Applying the texture
    • Shading and finishing
    • Finishing details
    • Building the scuba
  • U4

    Construction of the scenery

    • Building the map
    • Building the stage
  • U5


    • Illuminating the diorama
    • Retouching the image
    • Choosing the graph
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Diorama: Thinking in three dimensions

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Diorama: Thinking in 3D. A Craft course by Óscar Sanmartín Vargas

Diorama: Thinking in 3D

A course by Óscar Sanmartín Vargas
Illustrator and Modeler. Zaragoza, Spain.
Joined April 2014
  • 99% Positive reviews (142)
  • 2272 students