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Illustration with Pastel and Coloured Pencils

A course by Elena Pancorbo
Illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
Joined January 2013
, Illustrator

Discover creative manual techniques for realistic and delicate drawings

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (652)
  • 9818 students

Discover creative manual techniques for realistic and delicate drawings

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (652)
  • 9818 students
  • 14 lessons (1h 59m)
  • 13 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Looking for more ways to capture true beauty in your art? Join illustrator Elena Pancorbo, who creates female portraits rich in sensitivity and emotion, as she takes you through the ins and outs of the pastel technique and working with colored pencils.

In this online course, she shows you her entire process when drawing a realistic illustration and how to master the pastel technique to give your work an exciting creative edge.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Image file
  • U3
    U3. Materials and we start with the sketch
  • U4
    U4. We start with the pastel and crayons
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start off by getting to know Elena Pancorbo as she tells you about the path that led her to become an illustrator, with commissions from some of the biggest names in the publishing world. She also shares some of her greatest influences.

Next, she explains her creative process when it comes to doing her illustrations. She shows you how to look for photographic references to serve as a guide for your portraits and takes you through the materials required.

Once you've got your image, she shows you how to sketch it and draw the outline in order to apply the pastel.

Work first on the lights and brighter parts, then apply the skin tones and look at how to blend the colors so that the result is more natural. Next, work your way through the contrasts and shadows.

Once the pastel phase is finished, use colored pencils to outline the edges. Work on volume and other details like tattoos and hair.

Elena wraps up the course by showing you how to use a pastel fixative to finish off your piece.

What is this course's project?

Create an illustration using the pastel technique and colored pencils. You decide what level of detail you want to achieve by applying more or less pastel.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Illustrators, designers, and anyone interested in learning to work with pastels and colored pencils.

Requirements and materials

Previous drawing experience is recommended, although not essential as Elena teaches you using a photograph that you trace.

As for materials, you need charcoal, a pencil, an eraser, a brush, pastels, colored pencils, a spray fixative, and special pastel paper.


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Elena Pancorbo

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Although she has been drawing since she was a child, it wasn't until much later that Elena discovered pastels, the technique that she feels most comfortable using for her delicate feminine portraits.

She studied fine art and trained as an illustrator, and has worked for publishers such as Planeta, Penguin Random House, Anaya, Nocturna Ediciones, and Alfaguara, to name just a few.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Image file

    • Search of photographic references
    • Selection and composition of our idea to illustrate
  • U3

    Materials and we start with the sketch

    • My materials
    • recommendations
    • Sketching, fitting and drawing
  • U4

    We start with the pastel and crayons

    • Lights and main brightness
    • Skin tones
    • We blur and melt. Contrasts and shadows
    • Outline the shape and volumes 1
    • Outline the shape and volumes 2
    • Details, tattoos, hair ...
    • Cleaning and fixing the illustration
  • FP

    Final project

    • Illustration with pastel and colored pencils

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Illustration with Pastel and Coloured Pencils. Illustration course by Elena Pancorbo Best seller

Illustration with Pastel and Coloured Pencils

A course by Elena Pancorbo
Illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
Joined January 2013
  • 97% positive reviews (652)
  • 9818 students