Illustration and Design of Children's Books

A course by Carlos Higuera
Designer, Illustrator, and Art Director. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined March 2018
, Designer, Illustrator, and Art Director

Learn professional techniques to create and edit your own ABC books

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (322)
  • 5155 students

Learn professional techniques to create and edit your own ABC books

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (322)
  • 5155 students
  • 14 lessons (1h 36m)
  • 15 additional resources (5 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

As an illustrator and designer, Carlos Higuera specializes in children's illustration with a style that conveys a great deal of tenderness. He has worked both in advertising and in children's book publication with international publishers like Edelvives, Santillana, and Macmillan. In his previous Domestika course, Design of Kawaii-Style Characters, taught together with Azul Piñeiro—illustrator, designer, and co-founder of Estudio Kudasai—, you learned how to create adorable characters inspired by Japanese culture. This time around, Carlos teaches you how to create an ABC book from start to finish.

These books are aimed at children up to three years old and are usually printed on cardboard. Carlos reveals the process behind making them: everything from the sketch and the storyboard to the illustration and final design.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Draw and win
  • U3
    U3. The first steps
  • U4
    U4. Let's do it
  • U5
    U5. A new book has been born
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin by getting to know more about Carlos's work, his passion for drawing, and how he became what he is today. He also shares his influences and what inspires him the most.

Move on to exploring some of his sketchbooks and some exercises to help you shed your fear of drawing and embrace your own style.

Next, Carlos explains how an ABC book is made and how to carry out an editorial project with these characteristics.

Start by writing a simple story, which will help you to establish the narrative plot for your book. Create the main characters, choose your color palette, and select the font that best suits the style of your project.

Once you've decided on all the elements of your book, design a storyboard and a work schedule.

Then it's time to create the illustrations and assemble the book.

To finish off the course, Carlos tells you about some legal issues that you should consider when dealing with this type of editorial project.

What is this course's project?

Create an ABC book aimed at children from 0 to 3 years old using your own illustrations.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Illustrators, designers, and anyone interested in conveying stories through illustrated children's books.

Requirements and materials

You need some basic drawing and illustration skills to take this course.

As far as materials are concerned, you'll need paper and a pencil, a computer with Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop installed, and a drawing tablet.


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Carlos Higuera

A course by Carlos Higuera

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Designer, Illustrator, and Art Director

Carlos Higuera is a graphic designer and illustrator. He studied children's illustration and creative processes at the Sótano Blanco art school in Buenos Aires, Argentina and worked as an art director for Leo Burnett and Sancho BBDO. Together with Azul Piñeiro, he currently directs the Kudasai Design Studio. He also coordinates talks and online illustration workshops and is committed to creating illustrated books and mobile applications for children. His work has been published and exhibited in countries such as Japan, Germany, Spain, France, the United States, Argentina, and Colombia.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Draw and win

    • The personal style
    • Sketchbooks
  • U3

    The first steps

    • How an ABC book is made
    • The children's publishing market
    • The stories
    • Characters
    • The color
  • U4

    Let's do it

    • The storyboard
    • Illustration
  • U5

    A new book has been born

    • The montage
    • The publication
    • Contract
  • FP

    Final project

    • Illustration and design of children's books

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Illustration and Design of Children's Books. Illustration course by Carlos Higuera

Illustration and Design of Children's Books

A course by Carlos Higuera
Designer, Illustrator, and Art Director. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined March 2018
  • 98% positive reviews (322)
  • 5155 students