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Illustrated Diary: Fill Your Sketchbook with Experiences

A course by David Morales , Architect and Illustrator

Architect and Illustrator. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined November 2018

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

  • Best seller English, Spanish
  • 99% positive reviews (704)
  • 18577 students

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

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.

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What will you learn in this online course?

20 lessons & 27 downloads

Vital notebook concepts
6 minutes, 14 seconds
Crosshatching exploration
17 minutes, 22 seconds
Inked 1
14 minutes, 19 seconds
Series of small objects
18 minutes, 40 seconds
English, Spanish
  • 99% positive reviews (704)
  • 18577 students
  • 20 lessons (3h 54m)
  • 27 additional resources (9 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English, Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

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 this online course for?

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

Requirements and materials

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).


18577 Students
704 Reviews
99% Positive ratings

David Morales

A course by David Morales

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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
    • Using Crosshatching Technique 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 to complete a specific 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 teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Illustrated Diary: Fill Your Sketchbook with Experiences. 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
  • 99% positive reviews (704)
  • 18577 students