Mixed-Media Illustration: Activate Your Imagination

A course by Leonor Pérez B.
Illustrator and Instructor. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined October 2016
, Illustrator and Instructor

Learn to mix different materials and discover new visual narratives that feed your creativity

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (30)
  • 460 students

Learn to mix different materials and discover new visual narratives that feed your creativity

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (30)
  • 460 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 lessons (3h 12m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Want to explore new creative possibilities using mixed media and techniques? Embark on a journey of experimentation and discovery with illustrator and teacher Leonor Pérez, whose editorial work has been widely recognized and won several awards. She is a three-time winner of IBBY Chile's Hummingbird Medal.

In this course, Leonor teaches you a versatile and expressive range of mixed techniques for visual narrative genres. See how any life experience or everyday element can serve as inspiration to activate your imagination. Work on a few illustrations from different sources and references to catalyze ideas and form creative pathways.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Observe to connect
  • U3
    U3. The language of materials
  • U4
    U4. Pictures and words
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start the course hearing Leonor Pérez talk about her work and her journey as an illustrator. She also shares some of her pieces and sources of inspiration before inviting you to reflect on your own tastes.

Familiarize yourself with the materials for your own creative inventory. Then, learn how references are essential for fueling your creativity. Now it's time for a few drawing exercises to really immerse yourself in your imagination and observe your surroundings.

Leonor teaches you a range of experimental techniques including collage, the use of pareidolia, how to manipulate photographs, and printing with different objects and natural elements. Combine all these techniques for new and exciting results.

To bring the course to a close, establish relationships between the written word and the visual by making connections, interpretations, and playful combinations of both. Finally, make a folder for storing your creations and studied techniques so you always have them on hand.

What is this course's project?

Build a creative inventory: a collection of mixed-media illustrations from a range of exercises and visual experiments to activate the imagination.

Who is it for?

Anyone wanting to explore the technical and creative possibilities of illustration.

What you need

No specific illustration knowledge is necessary for this course, just come ready to explore your creativity and experiment with a variety of resources.

In terms of materials, you need paper, 90+ GSM paper or card, a variety of pens and pencils (graphite, colored, ink, etc.), a glue stick, scissors, newspapers, old books, and magazines (ideally also old and with an opaque finish). You also need some black acrylics along with another color of your choice, and a small paint roller.


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Leonor Pérez B.

A course by Leonor Pérez B.

Illustrator and Instructor

Illustrator Leonor Pérez was born in Santiago, Chile where she also received her BA in visual arts. She taught children and teens for some years until finally deciding to dedicate herself solely to illustration. She then moved to Mexico to study the discipline at the UNAM's Casa Universitario del Libro, a trip that had a great impact on her career. She went on to study imagination and creativity and is currently taking a master's in education. She has worked for the vast majority of the publishing houses across Chile as well as collaborated with publishers in Mexico, the US, Korea, and Brazil.

She is a three-time winner of the IBBY Chile's Hummingbird Medal and her book Balada da estrela e outros poemas has won awards from the FNLIJ IBBY Brasil and the Catedra Unesco de Leitura PUC-Rio. Additionally, Leonor is a professor for the illustration diploma and continuing education program at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Observe to connect

    • Materials
    • Experience as a reference
    • Observe and draw
    • From observation to imagination
  • U3

    The language of materials

    • Photomontage
    • Pareidolias 1
    • Pareidolias 2
    • Images over images
    • Stamp with debris
    • What if you mix all of the above?
  • U4

    Pictures and words

    • Unexpected connections
    • The alphabet, a pretext to create
    • Creational Inventory Container
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Mixed media illustration to activate imagination

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Mixed-Media Illustration: Activate Your Imagination. A Illustration course by Leonor Pérez B.

Mixed-Media Illustration: Activate Your Imagination

A course by Leonor Pérez B.
Illustrator and Instructor. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined October 2016
  • 100% positive reviews (30)
  • 460 students