Vintage Illustration for Engaging Children’s Books

A course by Ingela P Arrhenius
Illustrator. Stockholm, Sweden.
Joined March 2021
, Illustrator

Create a visual universe that inspires young readers by exploring illustration techniques, playful typography, and book design

  • 99% positive reviews (174)
  • 3335 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Create a visual universe that inspires young readers by exploring illustration techniques, playful typography, and book design

  • 99% positive reviews (174)
  • 3335 students
  • 13 lessons (2h 20m)
  • 17 additional resources (5 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

Children’s illustration gives us the opportunity to pique curiosity in the minds of young readers from an early age through words and images. Illustrator Ingela P Arrhenius specializes in doing just that through her bold and colorful artwork. She has illustrated and published multiple children’s books, one of which has been translated into over 20 languages worldwide.

In this course, Ingela teaches you how to design a children’s book filled with joyful drawings from scratch. Discover how to illustrate cheerful images that kids engage with using a combination of digital and analog tools. Brighten up your own children’s book with a vintage twist.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Books, Inspiration and Sketching
  • U3
    U3. Making Our Leporello
  • U4
    U4. How to Continue
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin the course by getting to know illustrator Ingela P Arrhenius. She talks through the creative career that has led her to work with brands around the world, along with the influences that inspire her work, from bookshops to fellow artists.

Dive into the different shapes and forms a book can take before finding inspiration for your own vintage visual universe. Use your library of references to create initial sketches and experiment with composition. Then finalize and refine your illustrations by adding the finer details in Procreate.

Transfer your images to Illustrator before deciding on a color palette. Learn how to incorporate typography into your illustrations seamlessly for a professional end result. Next see how to construct a dummy version of your book and box, ready to be presented to publishers.

Ingela talks about how to develop a series of books. Then, to finish the course, she shares her advice for collaborating with publishing houses that are right for you and your work.

What is this course's project?

Design your own accordion-style Leporello children’s book and box filled with vintage illustrations.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone interested in vintage illustration and creating their own children’s books.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is needed.

In terms of materials, Ingela uses Adobe Illustrator and Procreate, but you can use traditional tools like colored paper and pencils if you prefer. If you decide to work digitally, you will also need access to a printer. Glue is required to put your book and box together.


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A course by Ingela P Arrhenius

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Ingela P Arrhenius is a Swedish illustrator who has over 30 years of experience in her field. She has been drawing and making things for as long as she can remember, and first started her creative career in an advertising agency. From there, she took part-time classes in everything from oil painting to drawing before going on to study graphic design full-time at Bergh School of Communication. After graduating, she set up her business as a freelance illustrator, working on magazines, book covers, advertising campaigns, and more before publishing her first children’s book in 1994.

Since then, Ingela has published 10 books in collaboration with her scriptwriter husband and worked with a number of brands on international projects, including stamps for The Swedish Post and a series of limited-edition beauty products for Biotherm. She has also been commissioned to create print patterns for fabrics, wallpaper, stationery, packaging, home accessories, toys, and more.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Books, Inspiration and Sketching

    • The Different Shapes of Books
    • Finding Your Universe
    • Tiny Sketches
    • Refining the Best Sketches 1
    • Refining the Best Sketches 2
  • U3

    Making Our Leporello

    • The Illustration 1
    • The Illustration 2
    • The Typography
    • The Dummy
  • U4

    How to Continue

    • A Series of Books
    • A Collaboration That Is Right for You
  • FP

    Final project

    • Vintage Illustration for Engaging Children’s Books

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Vintage Illustration for Engaging Children’s Books. Illustration course by Ingela P Arrhenius

Vintage Illustration for Engaging Children’s Books

A course by Ingela P Arrhenius
Illustrator. Stockholm, Sweden.
Joined March 2021
  • 99% positive reviews (174)
  • 3335 students