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Illustrated Diary: Fill Your Sketchbook with Experiences

A course by David Morales
Architect and Illustrator. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined November 2018
, Architect and Illustrator

Learn to use your sketchbook as an illustrated journal by exploring ink drawing with the cross-hatching technique

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (75)
  • 3161 students

Learn to use your sketchbook as an illustrated journal by exploring ink drawing with the cross-hatching technique

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (75)
  • 3161 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 20 lessons (3h 54m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Ever wanted to illustrate your everyday experiences in a notebook? Transform your sketchbook into a time capsule with the capacity to store a never-ending amount of experiences and start illustrating everything around you under the expert guidance of architect and illustrator David Morales.

In this course, David teaches you to draw using the cross-hatching technique. Learn how to find inspiration from your everyday surroundings, encapsulating experiences and memories in your notebook by way of ink cross-hatching. Turn your notebook into a journal bursting with life.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The vital notebook
  • U3
    U3. Inspiration and drawing
  • U4
    U4. Everyday scenes
  • U5
    U5. The landscape that surrounds us
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start the course by getting to know architect David Morales, who talks about what the creations in his notebooks mean to him, his daily drawing routine, and where he normally finds inspiration.

Discover what a life sketchbook really is, what materials you need to illustrate in it every day and look at what the cross-hatching technique consists of by getting straight into a little warm-up exercise.

Find out how to draw from observation and by getting inspiration from everyday objects. Learn to convert your drawings to ink by cross-hatching with graphic pens.

Then, go one step further by illustrating scenes with family or pets, using a grid and working with vertical lines and the background color of the composition.

Next, get started on drawing places in your notebook. David talks about perspective, the rule of thirds, and using cross-hatching to create different tones, textures, and depth in your drawings.

Finally, look at how to add the final touches to your illustration, make your personal mark on it, and share drawings with your community. Now you can use all you've learned and illustrate your everyday life in your artist's sketchbook!

What is this course's project?

Create a daily journal in which you can illustrate your experiences over 30 days.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Anyone interested in drawing, whether you have experience or not, and who wants to create notebooks full of unforgettable memories.

What you need

To take this course it isn't essential to have previous experience, just the desire to express yourself creatively in your everyday life.

In terms of materials, you need a notebook, a pencil, and graphic pens (technical pens).


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David Morales

A course by David Morales

Architect and Illustrator

David Morales is a Colombian architect and notebook artist based between Barcelona and his hometown, Ibagué. It was in architecture school that he began drawing in his notebook, trying to understand the proportions and material quality of buildings that he found interesting. Gradually, these notebooks became an inseparable element of his travels and his architectural work.

In 2018 he started an art project called "One Day One Drawing" in which he depicts his surroundings, family, and concerns on a daily basis. He has also created book covers for the publishing house Planeta (Spain) and for Taller Talante (Colombia).


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    The vital notebook

    • Vital notebook concepts
    • Materials and types of notebooks
    • Crosshatching exploration
  • U3

    Inspiration and drawing

    • Looking for inspiration in everyday objects
    • Observation from relationships
    • Inked 1
    • Inked 2
    • Series of small objects
  • U4

    Everyday scenes

    • Familiar scenes
    • Crosshatching 1
    • Crosshatching 2
    • Color and vertical lines
  • U5

    The landscape that surrounds us

    • Landscape and architecture
    • Framing and rule of thirds
    • Light and shadow 1
    • Light and shadow 2
    • Stamps and souvenirs
    • Share
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Illustrated Diary: Fill Your Sketchbook with Experiences

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  • Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need for completing a specific final project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the instructor and other users, thus creating a dynamic course community.

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Illustrated Diary: Fill Your Sketchbook with Experiences. A Illustration course by David Morales Best Seller

Illustrated Diary: Fill Your Sketchbook with Experiences

A course by David Morales
Architect and Illustrator. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined November 2018
  • 100% positive reviews (75)
  • 3161 students