Introduction to Illustration of Characters with Gouache and India Ink

A course by Andonella
Cartoonist and illustrator. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Joined March 2018
, Cartoonist and illustrator

Learn to give personality to your creations through colour

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (155)
  • 2090 students

Learn to give personality to your creations through colour

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (155)
  • 2090 students
  • 16 lessons (3h 14m)
  • 13 additional resources (10 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

The work of Andonella - illustrator and drawer with high doses of black humor and irreverence - is characterized by representing, through its characters, the perfect balance between sweetness and grotesqueness. With a very powerful color palette and a unique style, he managed to catch the eye of several brands such as Nike, Ponds and H & M, as well as publications such as Vice, Juxtapoz, Nylon and Pictoline.

In this course you will learn the creative and technical process for the creation of characters with gouache and Chinese ink, reviewing the basic principles of drawing, guiding you from the first sketches, to the digitization of your illustrations.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. How do I start to create?
  • U3
    U3. Materials, color and technique
  • U4
    U4. Practical development of a character
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will start knowing the work of Andonella, who will also tell you about her favorite artists.

Next, it will show you the importance of creating a moodboard and, it will teach you to collect all those elements that inspire you to capture them in your characters through the graphic style and the color palette.

Andonella will talk about the drawing method she has developed throughout her career as an illustrator, which helps her create characters more effectively. In addition, it will give you a few creative tips to help you let go of your hand and discover the pleasure of drawing.

Then, you will learn the materials that you will use throughout the course and you will learn to correctly handle each one of them.

You will know the importance of color and you will learn to work with the chromatic circle to give more character to your illustrations. You will discover new tools and create your own color palette with gouache.

Once you have the finished sketch and your color palette defined, you will make the drawing in an analogical way, then digitize it, make the color correction with Photoshop and give it the final touches to apply it in any medium.

What is this course's project?

Based on a popular character or an invented one, you will create your own character from your moodboard, to which you will print a unique personality through gouache and Indian ink.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

To illustrators, designers, cartoonists and, to anyone with curiosity to create their own characters in a different way.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge of any kind is required. With regard to materials, you will need pencil and paper, gouache paint, brushes, watercolor paper, Indian ink and a godet, as well as a computer with Adobe Photoshop installed.


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A course by Andonella

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Cartoonist and illustrator

Self-taught, Andonella has managed to carve a niche in the Mexican illustration scene with her brazen and colorful characters. His work is full of portraits, inspired by real people and scenes that arise from his imagination, characterized by humor and irreverence.

His work has been published in different digital and printed media such as Vice, Juxtapoz and Nylon, and in editorials such as Planeta, Penguin Random House and Santillana. In addition, she made the graphic identity of the characters of Mextilo, Mexican fashion memory , is co-author of the book #AmigaDateCuenta: a guide for life , has worked with Pictoline and has collaborated with different brands such as H & M, Nike and Ponds.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    How do I start to create?

    • Build my moodboard
    • How to build characters? I
    • How to build characters? II
    • Draw from the absurd
  • U3

    Materials, color and technique

    • materials
    • Understanding the material: Brush and ink
    • Understanding the material: Gouache
    • Understanding the color
    • Color matching
  • U4

    Practical development of a character

    • Sketch
    • Final character I
    • Final character II
    • Final character III
    • Digitization and final details
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to the illustration of characters with gouache and Indian ink

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Introduction to Illustration of Characters with Gouache and India Ink. Illustration course by Andonella

Introduction to Illustration of Characters with Gouache and India Ink

A course by Andonella
Cartoonist and illustrator. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Joined March 2018
  • 100% positive reviews (155)
  • 2090 students