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Building a Portfolio for a Career in Children’s Illustration

A course by Jimena S. Sarquiz , Illustrator

Illustrator. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined April 2020

Kick-start your career as a children's book illustrator by building a powerful portfolio that captures the attention of publishers

  • Best seller
  • 99% positive reviews (93)
  • 3773 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Kick-start your career as a children's book illustrator by building a powerful portfolio that captures the attention of publishers

A course by Jimena S. Sarquiz

Children’s illustration gives you the opportunity to connect directly with young minds who are just developing a taste and love for literature. Illustrator Jimena S. Sarquiz has illustrated numerous children’s books for publishing houses including Edebé, Pearson, and Capstone Publishing. She also shares her work online under the name Monitos Bonitos.

In this course, she teaches you how to develop a powerful portfolio of children’s book illustrations. Create a chapter book project from scratch and discover how to grab the attention of agents and publishers with Jimena as your guide. Draw your way to a job as a children's book illustrator.

This is Jimena’s third course with Domestika. Her first two, Creating Characters for Children's Stories with Procreate and Children’s Publications: Editorial Design and Illustration, are ideal for anyone with an interest in diving deeper into the world of children’s book illustration.

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What will you learn in this online course?

15 lessons & 14 downloads

Introduction to Kid Lit
6 minutes, 0 seconds
Sketching Your Characters
9 minutes, 55 seconds
Storyboarding a Book
8 minutes, 23 seconds
From My Sketchbook to My iPad
4 minutes, 39 seconds
Making Your Sketches
11 minutes, 3 seconds
Working with Multiple Images
11 minutes, 30 seconds
  • 99% positive reviews (93)
  • 3773 students
  • 15 lessons (1h 46m)
  • 14 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create a chapter book filled with digital drawings, which you can use to enter in illustration contests, search for an agent, or get published.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone interested in elevating their illustration portfolio with the aim of pursuing a career in kid’s lit.

Requirements and materials

Previous drawing experience is recommended.

In terms of materials, you will need a sketchbook and drawing materials, as well as a device with digital drawing software installed. Jimena uses an iPad with Procreate and Affinity Design.


Reviews

3773 Students
93 Reviews
99% Positive ratings

Jimena S. Sarquiz

A course by Jimena S. Sarquiz

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Illustrator

Jimena S. Sarquiz is a freelance illustrator specializing in the illustration of books for children and young people. During her career, she has had the opportunity to illustrate books for different publishers in Mexico, the United States, and Europe, as well as different magazines from Editorial Televisa (Mexico). In 2010, she illustrated her first children's book. Since then, she has illustrated ten more, mostly for publishers in Mexico.

Jimena is an active participant in comic events and design fairs, where she sells her illustrations. Her work can be found on social media under the name Monitos Bonitos.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    So You Want to Be a Children’s Book Illustrator

    • Introduction to Kid Lit
    • What Are Clients Looking For?
    • Choosing a Portfolio Project
  • U3

    Planning Out Your Book

    • Let’s Read a Book
    • Planning My Illustrations
    • Sketching Your Characters
    • Storyboarding a Book
  • U4

    Bringing Your Book to Life

    • From My Sketchbook to My iPad
    • Making Your Sketches
    • Working with Multiple Images
    • Your Final Image
  • U5

    Final Touches

    • Working with Different Color Profiles
    • What Do I Do With My Project?
  • FP

    Final project

    • Building a Portfolio for a Career in Children’s Illustration

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Building a Portfolio for a Career in Children’s Illustration

A course by Jimena S. Sarquiz
Illustrator. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined April 2020
  • 99% positive reviews (93)
  • 3773 students