Digital Techniques for Illustrated Portraits

A course by German Gonzalez Ramirez
Graphic designer and digital illustrator. Medellín, Colombia.
Joined August 2015
, Graphic designer and digital illustrator

Perfect your digital illustration techniques and learn to tell stories through the portrait

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (256)
  • 3767 students
Digital Techniques for Illustrated Portraits

Perfect your digital illustration techniques and learn to tell stories through the portrait

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (256)
  • 3767 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 21 Lessons (3h 13m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

When it comes to making an illustrated portrait full of magic it is vital to find and highlight the features and characteristics that make it unique. The obsession of Germán González-graphic designer and digital illustrator who has worked with clients such as Air Berlin, Entertainment Weekly or Adobe-is color, which he applies in his portraits through compositions that usually hide discordant and unexpected elements that endow his illustrations of a unique character.

In this course you will learn the fundamental concepts to get started in the world of digital illustration and you will see how to create portraits from the sketch to the final art so that you can give it the use you want. Germán will teach you to better understand light, shade and color and will give you the keys so that your portraits have a special narrative and graphic component.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Essential aspects
  • U3
    U3. Steal to create
  • U4
    U4. The Devil Is In The Details
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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The first thing you will do is to learn more about Germán González's work and discover his influences.

Then he will explain some fundamental aspects about lighting work in a portrait, the use of color and proportions.

Once you have clear the basics you will collect reference images for your illustrations and you will create what Germán calls "morgue file".

You will make the first sketches, select the color palette and learn to create some brushes that will be very useful when creating textures in your digital portraits.

First you will define the essential elements of your portrait such as hair, eyes, clothing and the lights and shadows of the face; Then you will add all kinds of elements that will help you define the personality of the character and give character to your illustration.

Finally, Germán will give you some tips to print your personal stamp on each portrait through small details in the illustration.

What is this course's project?

You will make a digital illustration based on the portrait of one of the characters in your favorite movie.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To illustrators, designers, cartoonists and anyone interested in learning illustration techniques and digital portrait.

What you need

It is advisable to have previous knowledge of drawing, although to take advantage of this course is not essential, as Germán will explain the entire process of illustration from a photograph.

With respect to the materials you will need a computer with Adobe Photoshop and a graphic tablet, although you can also work with an iPad Pro.


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German Gonzalez Ramirez

Graphic designer and digital illustrator

Germán González is a graphic designer trained at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, although in 2014 he discovered digital illustration and since then he has used it to create portraits of the protagonists of his favorite films and series, adding all kinds of visual references and an explosion of very characteristic color of his work.

He is currently working as a graphic designer at Parque Explora, a science museum in the city of Medellin (Colombia), a work that combines with his activity as an independent illustrator collaborating with local and foreign publications.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Essential aspects

    • Lighting basics
    • Essential aspects of color
    • Aspects of Illumination
    • Theory of color
    • Face proportion
  • U3

    Steal to create

    • Archive morgue
    • Canvas
    • Brushes
    • Sketch
    • Creation of color palette
    • First layers of paint
    • Defining shadows
    • Hair and eyes
    • Locker room
    • Narrative complement Part 1
    • Narrative complement Part 2
    • Final details
  • U4

    The Devil Is In The Details

    • Final retouching
    • Export
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Final project

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Digital Techniques for Illustrated Portraits. A Illustration course by German Gonzalez Ramirez

Digital Techniques for Illustrated Portraits

A course by German Gonzalez Ramirez
Graphic designer and digital illustrator. Medellín, Colombia.
Joined August 2015
  • 99% Positive reviews (256)
  • 3767 students