Illustration with Paint and Mixed Technique

A course by Jesús Benítez
Painter, illustrator and character designer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined January 2018
, Painter, illustrator and character designer

Learn to create characters by combining acrylics, oil paint, gouache, dye and coloured pencils

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (230)
  • 4490 students

Learn to create characters by combining acrylics, oil paint, gouache, dye and coloured pencils

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (230)
  • 4490 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 lessons (3h 20m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

In this course, Jesús Benítez—artist and illustrator known for his works based on cosmic terror, science fiction, and Mexican post-muralism—will teach you to explore different illustration techniques based on classical painting and will help you discover the best way to combine them to get the most out of them. Taking as a starting point the creation of a character, you will learn to work on anatomy, perspective, lighting and color, while knowing the different techniques, tools and materials in depth.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Composition and theory of color, light and pigment
  • U3
    U3. Acrylic and Oil Painting
  • U4
    U4. Gouache and mixed media
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will begin immersing yourself fully in the universe of Jesús Benítez; You will know your work thoroughly and he will teach you which are the artists that inspire you the most when creating.

Next, it will explain what every artist should know about color theory and propose some exercises that will help you to establish this knowledge. It will also tell you about the materials and supports that these techniques allow you to explore.

You will acquire knowledge in the field of composition, witnessing the way in which Jesús Benítez transfers his work to different media, depending on the technique he is working on.

It will explain how to prepare and how to work with acrylic, oil, gouache, ink and colored pencils, as well as the best way to combine all these techniques in a natural way. Jesus will tell you some of his best kept secrets when it comes to creating and combining all these means.

What is this course's project?

You will make an illustration combining different traditional techniques. Jesús Benítez will teach you how to work acrylic, oil, gouache, ink and color pencil, but you can choose those with which you feel most comfortable.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Illustrators, designers, artists and anyone interested in exploring traditional painting techniques to apply them to the creation of modern and alternative illustration.

What you need

It is not necessary that you have previous knowledge of painting or have worked before with any of these techniques; you will only need to have basic notions of drawing.

With regard to the materials you will need acrylic, oil, gouache, brushes, markers, stylus, colored pencils and some support to paint.


4490 Students
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Jesús Benítez

A course by Jesús Benítez

Painter, illustrator and character designer

His training began at age 13 in a self-taught way and his first canvases were the walls. His current style, much more artistic and for which he uses his real name, Jesús Benítez, is the result of many years of practice painting on the street and his passion for classical painting and illustration.

He has participated with his work in individual and collective exhibitions showing the public his skill in disciplines as divergent as installation, graffiti, mural, sculpture, animation or character design. He has also been invited at muralism festivals nationally and internationally and has made projects in cities around the world such as Hamburg, Rabat, Barcelona, San Francisco, Detroit, Valparaiso, Tokyo, as well as in much of the Mexican Republic.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Composition and theory of color, light and pigment

    • Theory of light color and pigment
    • The color in the image
    • materials
    • Character Design
    • Layout
  • U3

    Acrylic and Oil Painting

    • Grisalla I
    • Grisalla II
    • Color in acrylic paint and atmospheric perspective
    • Oil painting
  • U4

    Gouache and mixed media

    • Gouache
    • Mixed techniques I
    • Mixed techniques II
    • Final piece
  • FP

    Final Project

    • xClassical painting and mixed technique applied to the creation of characters

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need for completing a specific final project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the instructor and other users, thus creating a dynamic course community.

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  • The courses are divided into different units, each one includes lessons, informational texts, tasks and practice exercises to carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You will also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the instructor and other students, and share your work and your course project, thus creating a community around the course itself.

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Illustration with Paint and Mixed Technique. A Illustration course by Jesús Benítez

Illustration with Paint and Mixed Technique

A course by Jesús Benítez
Painter, illustrator and character designer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined January 2018
  • 97% positive reviews (230)
  • 4490 students