Excellence in Illustration: From Intuition to Method

A course by Emiliano Ponzi , Illustrator, Artist, and Author

Illustrator, Artist, and Author. Milán, Italy.
Joined March 2021

Learn a method to cultivate lateral thinking, find inspiration, and create evocative images

  • Italian with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (97)
  • 2577 students

Learn a method to cultivate lateral thinking, find inspiration, and create evocative images

A course by Emiliano Ponzi

An illustrator's job is to interpret words and stories and turn them into images. Composing the perfect illustration however, is a long and complex process and, to get the best results, you need a clearly defined work method. In this online course, illustrator and artist Emiliano Ponzi teaches you techniques for finding the perfect inspirational material and transforming it into professional and evocative images.

Throughout his career, he has collaborated with big international names like The New York Times, Penguin Books, Amnesty International, and Pirelli. With Emiliano as your guide, discover all the steps needed to bring your ideas to life using both analog and digital methods for results that reflect your personal style while also wowing the client and even yourself.

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What will you learn in this online course?

15 lessons & 11 downloads

Storytelling Exercise
9 minutes, 29 seconds
The Drawing from Life
17 minutes, 38 seconds
Read the Brief
17 minutes, 42 seconds
Color Illustration 1
15 minutes, 31 seconds
Delivery
5 minutes, 26 seconds
Italian with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (97)
  • 2577 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 46m)
  • 11 additional resources (2 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Italian
  • Italian, Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Do an illustration, working from a brief and following Emiliano's creative process for stunning results.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone looking to start a career as an illustrator as well as professionals who want to add a new work method to their repertoire.

Requirements and materials

You need to be familiar with at least one technique, whether analog, with pencils, ink, brushes, or pens, or digital.


Reviews

2577 Students
97 Reviews
99% Positive ratings
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Emiliano Ponzi

A course by Emiliano Ponzi

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Illustrator, Artist, and Author

Emiliano Ponzi is an illustrator, visual artist, and author. He loved drawing from an early age and later decided to pursue this passion by studying at the Europeo di Design in Milan. In 2004, he produced his first major work as an illustrator for The New York Times and since then, his career hasn't stopped reaching new heights.

Throughout the years, he's worked for brands, magazines, and newspapers like Le Monde, The New Yorker, Louis Vuitton, MoMa New York, Der Spiegel, Penguin Books, Amnesty International, Armani, Bulgari, Gucci, La Repubblica, Feltrinelli, Lavazza, TIM, Pirelli, Ferrari, and many more. He has also received multiple awards and recognitions, among them a silver medal at the 2008 New York Society of Illustrators for his editorial drawing for the New York Times Book Review. After many years in Milan, he now lives and works in New York, carrying out projects for magazines, advertising and publishing agencies, and brands.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Prepare to Draw

    • Three Ways to Draw a Subject 1
    • Three Ways to Draw a Subject 2
    • Storytelling Exercise
    • The Drawing from Life
  • U3

    Create the Cover

    • Read the Brief
    • The Working Method and the Sketches 1
    • The Working Method and the Sketches 2
    • Color Illustration 1
    • Color Illustration 2
    • The Room for Improvement
    • Delivery
  • U4

    After Publication

    • Unboxing of the Book and Analysis
    • Added Value
  • FP

    Final project

    • Excellence in Illustration: From Intuition to Method

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule and with an easy-to-follow method. You set your own pace.

  • Learn from the best professionals

    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Meet expert teachers

    Each expert teaches what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

  • Certificates
    Plus

    If you're a Plus member, get a custom certificate signed by your teacher for every course. Share it on your portfolio, social media, or wherever you like.

  • Get front-row seats

    Videos of the highest quality, so you don't miss a single detail. With unlimited access, you can watch them as many times as you need to perfect your technique.

  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

  • Connect with a global creative community

    The community is home to millions of people from around the world who are curious and passionate about exploring and expressing their creativity.

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FAQs

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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Excellence in Illustration: From Intuition to Method. Illustration course by Emiliano Ponzi

Excellence in Illustration: From Intuition to Method

A course by Emiliano Ponzi
Illustrator, Artist, and Author. Milán, Italy.
Joined March 2021
  • 99% positive reviews (97)
  • 2577 students