Keys for Creating a Professional Illustration Portfolio

Illustration agency. Valladolid, Spain.
Joined June 2014
, Illustration agency

Discover how to make your work the best presentation letter

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (412)
  • 6134 students

Discover how to make your work the best presentation letter

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (412)
  • 6134 students
  • 14 lessons (1h 37m)
  • 28 additional resources (9 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

It is very important to know how to draw, but the key to entering the creative market is to have a good portfolio. It is the cover letter that should show the strengths of an illustrator in front of the client and therefore it must be perfect; but its design needs a precise exercise of conciseness, style and coherence.

Sandra López and Ángel Domingo form Pencil -the first illustrators agency created in Spain that represents artists recognized by the most prestigious awards with works published in Europe, America and Asia- and in this course they will teach you how to get the best out of you and of your work to put together an effective and differentiating folder.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. To all this, what is a portfolio?
  • U2
    U2. 3, 2, 1 ... we landed
  • U3
    U3. Previous work
  • U4
    U4. Let's do it
  • U5
    U5. Supports
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will start knowing what Pencil is and how the idea of creating the first agency of illustrators in Spain came about. Then, Sandra and Angel will give you a short introduction in which they will tell you what a portfolio is and what are the main do's and don'ts when it comes to making it memorable.

Afterwards, you will have to do research work. You should ask yourself in what kind of sectors an illustrator can work and how you want to focus your portfolio according to what suits your style and your aptitudes.

You will take a good walk through your own work, doing a selection task to choose the projects that can be included in your portfolio and those that will be left out.

Angel and Sandra will give you some tips to develop an effective portfolio, warning you about common mistakes and addressing aspects that usually generate doubts, such as the support in which you must present it.

Throughout the course, different illustrators and art directors will give their valuable testimony, which will help you to understand the importance of a good portfolio from different points of view.

What is this course's project?

You will design your professional portfolio based on your own illustrations.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Illustrators who are starting in the labor market or professionals who want to give a return to their portfolio and explore new professional sectors.

Requirements and materials

You must have basic knowledge of image and design treatment programs. With regard to materials, you will need pencil and paper to sketch, a computer and, of course, the images that will be part of your portfolio. If you do not have enough projects do not worry, Sandra and Angel will give you the necessary guidelines to detect the shortcomings and complete your work catalog.


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Founded in the year 2000, Pencil is the first agency of illustrators created in Spain. They represent artists from different countries, recognized by the most prestigious international awards and contests in the sector, with works published in publishers, media and agencies in Europe, America and Asia. Its portfolio collects very diverse styles to adapt to the needs of all types of clients. Far from being guided by fashions, the only requirement is that they get excited.

They have always promoted and organized international cultural projects such as the International Illustration Forum of the IDF Guadalajara-Mexico (FILustra); Ilumina, program to promote reading, LuchaLibro Valladolid, literary improvisation contest on the quadrilateral ... And also collaborate with the About Program, the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (Aecid) and the International Foundation and for Ibero-America of Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP), giving workshops in cultural centers of Spain and institutions of Chile, Honduras, Mali, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nicaragua or Peru.


  • U1

    To all this, what is a portfolio?

    • Presentation
    • What is and is not a portfolio
  • U2

    3, 2, 1 ... we landed

    • Let's know the market
    • Let's think a little
  • U3

    Previous work

    • Inspiration and raw material
    • Remanguémonos: organization and cataloging of our works
  • U4

    Let's do it

    • The keys to an effective portfolio
    • Doubts and common mistakes
    • Style and other important issues
  • U5


    • The paper portfolio
    • Our web. Some issues
    • Web Portfolio
    • Communities and platforms
    • Some final advice and ... ready!
  • FP

    Final project

    • Keys to create a portfolio of professional illustration

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific 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 teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

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Keys for Creating a Professional Illustration Portfolio

Illustration agency. Valladolid, Spain.
Joined June 2014
  • 97% positive reviews (412)
  • 6134 students