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Illustration Techniques to Unlock your Creativity

A course by Adolfo Serra
Painter and illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
Joined May 2017
, Painter and illustrator

Create an artist’s portfolio and develop your own universe of pictorial resources

  • Best Seller English, Spanish
  • 99% Positive reviews (3.6K)
  • 106112 students
Illustration Techniques to Unlock your Creativity

Create an artist’s portfolio and develop your own universe of pictorial resources

English, Spanish
  • 99% Positive reviews (3.6K)
  • 106112 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish, English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 16 Lessons (3h 1m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

Taking chances, making mistakes, playing, going beyond your limits, and being free are all starting points for developing your imagination, language, and voice.

In this course, illustrator Adolfo Serra teaches you, step by step, the processes to experiment and unlock your creativity with manual techniques that will help you create a freehand illustrated sketchbook.

A sketchbook functions as a photo library (arranged by objects, animals, vegetation, characters, buildings, and any other categories the student decides on), and also as a record of pictorial resources, techniques, experiments, or processes.

This is Adolfo Serra's second course with Domestika, in which he focused on the world of children's books. In this course, he branches out to include techniques and processes for anyone who wants to illustrate by getting their hands dirty with manual processes.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The blank paper
  • U3
    U3. To stain your hands
  • U4
    U4. To stain your hands II
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start by getting to know Adolfo Serra, his work, and illustrations. Learn about his professional career, his projects, and the books he has published as well as his point of view on illustration and the work of an artist. He reflects on what it means to have a unique style and voice as an illustrator. Do you need to have a unique style? Can you have different resources or pictorial styles? Can you change your style according to the project?

With the objective being to find your own voice as an illustrator, use a sketchbook throughout the course. Fill it with freehand illustrations using the various techniques that are taught in this course.

Then, Adolfo gives you guidelines and exercises to encourage creativity, develop your creative process, and feed your imagination, through other types of images or resources that could prove useful in the development of your work.

Build your own version of a photo library; a visual world from your imagination or creative and graphic resources.

Learn new manual techniques using pens, watercolor pencils, markers, waxes, and paint with natural pigments.

Discover new styles when you mix techniques, change tools or a combination of both. Can an illustrator use multiple resources? Does your stroke change according to different tools or are there limitations?

By learning these techniques, begin to illustrate by playing and step away from creating anything automatically. Open your mind to new styles, make mistakes, and search for new approaches.

At the end of the course, you will have had the chance to experiment with different techniques and processes that will help you to develop your illustrations. You will also have ventured into your personal pictorial universe by creating an illustrated notebook that will function as a resource guide for future projects or as a starting point for new stories, posters, illustrations, tales, or stories.

What is this course's project?

Following the exercises, create an artist's sketchbook where you have free rein of creative processes, research, characters, and techniques.

Not only will it serve you in your search for how to draw illustrate, but it will also work as a record or library of your evolution as an illustrator. Additionally, you can use it as a reference whenever you need it.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

For illustrators, draftsmen, designers, teachers, and lovers of art in general in search of new forms of expression, techniques, or manual tools to create illustrations.

This is a course for anyone who enjoys creating and is not afraid to get their hands dirty, including illustrators who are looking for new techniques or designers wanting to get away from the computer.

What you need

No prior knowledge of drawing is necessary. To complete this course, the only prerequisite is the desire to create and experiment.

You will need a mixed media sketchbook so that you can use various tools and materials: watercolor pencils, markers, nib, ink, greasy waxes, solvent, turpentine, and natural pigments such as walnut ink, caobina, and turmeric. It would also be helpful to have a small box of watercolors and brushes.


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Adolfo Serra

A course by Adolfo Serra

Painter and illustrator

Adolfo Serra (Teruel, 1980) studied Advertising and Public Relations at the Complutense University of Madrid, but soon turned to what has been his passion since childhood: drawing, picking up pencils and watercolors at Madrid's School of Art 10. Since then, his table has been filled with colors, papers, textures, and stories.

He likes to experiment, play, and most of all, tell stories. He considers himself an explorer of blank pages, who is constantly filling them with illustrations focused on children and young people.

His illustrations have been selected at Bologna Children's Book Fair (Italy), Bratislava Illustration Biennial (Slovakia), Sharjah Children's Book Fair (United Arab Emirates), Ibero-American Illustration Catalog (Mexico), CJ Picture Book Awards (Korea), Mostra Internazionale d'Illustrazione per l'Infanzia Sàrmede (Italy).

His textless version of Little Red Riding Hood has been published in Spain, Germany, France, and Mexico, receiving various awards. He has recently been the winner of the 19th Illustrated Album Prize "A la orilla del viento" by Fondo de Cultura Económica.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Style in art
    • Educate your look
  • U2

    The blank paper

    • The notebook
    • The pictorial languages
    • Draw without fear
  • U3

    To stain your hands

    • materials
    • Analysis and game. Pencils and markers
    • Tricks to release the hand.
    • The line. The nib - I
    • The line. The nib - II
  • U4

    To stain your hands II

    • The stain The waxes.
    • Playing with waxes
    • Natural pigments Nogalina. Caobina Turmeric.
    • Your own world in a notebook - I
    • Your own world in a notebook - II
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Illustration techniques to unlock your creativity

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Illustration Techniques to Unlock your Creativity. A Illustration course by Adolfo Serra Best Seller

Illustration Techniques to Unlock your Creativity

A course by Adolfo Serra
Painter and illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
Joined May 2017
  • 99% Positive reviews (3.6K)
  • 106112 students