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Gouache Techniques for Illustration

A course by Emma Block , Illustrator

Illustrator. London, United Kingdom.
Joined September 2021

Use your sketchbook as a canvas to explore different colors, textures, and brushstrokes using gouache paint

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  • 99% positive reviews (302)
  • 12251 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Use your sketchbook as a canvas to explore different colors, textures, and brushstrokes using gouache paint

A course by Emma Block

Sketchbooks are an endless source of inspiration that offer artists of all disciplines the opportunity to connect with their surroundings. For illustrator Emma Block, they are an essential part of her creative process which involves using gouache and watercolor to capture scenes inspired by everyday life.

Emma has worked with clients including Penguin Random House, Stylistic Magazine, Airbnb, and Etsy, and published several books on illustration in which she shares her expertise. She is passionate about the process of painting, the physicality of mixing color, and the act of putting brush to paper to create colorful illustrations that bring joy to those around her.

What do you get from this course?

“You will learn how to work with gouache, practicing a variety of exercises in your sketchbook.”

⦁ Learn to use the world around you as inspiration for your illustrations

⦁ Explore professional techniques for painting with gouache

⦁ Discover digital tools for enhancing your artwork in Photoshop

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What will you learn in this online course?

17 lessons & 17 downloads

7 minutes, 40 seconds
Brushstroke Techniques
18 minutes, 52 seconds
Playing with Texture
20 minutes, 47 seconds
Sketching in Pencil
8 minutes, 10 seconds
  • 99% positive reviews (302)
  • 12251 students
  • 17 lessons (3h 6m)
  • 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

What is this course's project?

Create a gouache illustration, combining bold, expressive brushstrokes with vivid colors to capture the essence of a scene in your sketchbook.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone interested in transforming their sketchbook into a playground for illustration using gouache paint.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is required.

In terms of materials, you will need a sketchbook, paints, paintbrushes, colored pencils, and access to a device with Photoshop installed.


12251 Students
302 Reviews
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Emma Block

A course by Emma Block

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Emma Block is a multidisciplinary illustrator, teacher, and author living in London. She began drawing and painting at a young age and started freelancing at just 17 years old, selling her work online and licensing designs to greetings card companies. Emma later completed a national diploma in art and design and set up a blog showcasing her work online. She then went on to study for a BA in illustration and, during her final year, was approached by a publisher to illustrate her first book, Tea and Cake.

Since then, Emma has worked with clients in publishing, editorial illustration, branding, and beyond, including Penguin Random House, Hatchet Publishing, Mollie Makes, Stylistic Magazine, Airbnb, and Etsy. She’s also written multiple books, The Joy of Watercolor, Getting Started with Gouache, Slow Travel Journal: The Small Delights of Going Away, and Watercolor Life. Emma has taught hundreds of people how to paint through her workshops and aims to bring joy to people’s lives through her illustrations that are filled with color and texture.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Tools, Gouache, and Techniques

    • Materials
    • Brushstroke Techniques
    • Controlling and Mixing the Paint
    • Playing with Texture
    • Colour Theory
  • U3

    The Painting

    • Inspiration and Reference Images
    • Sketching in Pencil
    • Painting the Background Colours 1
    • Painting the Background Colours 2
    • Painting Details 1
    • Painting Details 2
    • More Details with Colour Pencils
  • U4

    Digitalisation and Other Tips

    • Scanning the Painting
    • Editing in Photoshop
    • Adding Hand Lettering
  • FP

    Final project

    • Gouache Techniques for Sketchbook Illustration

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Gouache Techniques for Illustration. Illustration course by Emma Block Best seller

Gouache Techniques for Illustration

A course by Emma Block
Illustrator. London, United Kingdom.
Joined September 2021
  • 99% positive reviews (302)
  • 12251 students