Create an artist’s portfolio and develop your own universe of pictorial resources
Chance, mistakes, play, limits and freedom can be starting points to develop the imagination and a language and voice of their own.
In this course, the illustrator Adolfo Serra will teach you, step by step, processes to experiment and unlock creativity with manual pictorial techniques that will help you build an illustrated notebook of free technique.
The notebook functions as a library of images (ordered by objects, animals, vegetation, characters, buildings and all categories that the student decides), and also as a record of the pictorial resources, techniques, experiments or processes of each student.
This is the second course of Adolfo Serra in Domestika, after Introduction to children's illustration , in which he specialized in the world of children's books. In this it opens up the spectrum and includes techniques and processes that will serve anyone who wants to illustrate by staining their hands with manual processes.
What's included in this course?
You will begin by knowing the work and illustrations of Adolfo Serra, his professional career, his projects and the books he has published. His perception of the illustration and the work of the artist. Reflect on the style and voice of an illustrator. Is it necessary to have a unique style? Can you have different resources or pictorial styles? Can you change the style according to the story, story or concept to illustrate?
Having as objective the search of your own language or voice as an illustrator, you will use the notebook as a support for this search process. You will create a notebook of free elements with various techniques that will be shown in the course.
Then, it will give you some guidelines or exercises to encourage creativity, develop creative processes and feed the brain with other types of images or resources that can be useful in the development of your work, illustrations or workshops dynamics.
You will build a kind of image library. A visual universe of your own from your imaginary, ideas, creativity and graphic resources.
You will learn new manual techniques such as pen drawing, watercolor pencils, markers, waxes, and paint with natural pigments.
You will experience what happens to your drawings and your own hand or style when you mix techniques, change tools or combine all of them. Can an illustrator have multiple resources? Does your stroke change according to the tools or limits that are marked?
From the knowledge of techniques and drawing, you will launch to illustrate by playing, creating from an automatic drawing, in which the brain or the rational remains in the background against the pictorial, the game, the stroke, the error and the search.
At the end of the course you will have been able to experiment with different pictorial techniques and mental processes that will help you to conceive your illustrations. You will also have entered your personal pictorial universe from the creation of an illustrated notebook that will function as a resource guide for future projects or starting point to start new stories, posters, illustrations, stories or stories.
What is this course project about?
Following the exercises proposed by Adolfo Serra, you will create an artist's notebook in which you will give free rein to your creative processes, research, characters and techniques.
Not only will it serve you to look for how to represent or illustrate but it will be a record or library of your evolution and resources as an illustrator. In addition, you can return to it when you need to create or design a character, object or environment.
Who is it for?
To illustrators, illustrators, designers, teachers and lovers of art in general in search of new forms of expression, techniques or manual tools to create illustrations.
It is a course for anyone who enjoys creating and is not afraid to get their hands dirty, illustrators who are looking for new techniques or designers wanting to get away from the computer.
No prior knowledge of drawing is necessary. To complete this course you will need, first of all, the desire to create and experiment.
You will need a mixed media notebook to apply various tools and materials. Watercolor pencils, markers, nib, ink, greasy waxes, solvent, turpentine and natural pigments such as nogaline, caobina and turmeric. It is also useful to have a small box of watercolors and brushes.
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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 the School of Art 10 of Madrid. Since then his table has been filled with colors, papers, textures and stories.
He likes to experiment, play and above all, tell stories. It is considered an explorer of blank pages, which is constantly filled 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 version without text of Little Red Riding Hood has been published in Spain, Germany, France and Mexico, obtaining various awards. He has recently been the winner of the 19th Illustrated Album Prize "A la orilla del viento de Fondo de Cultura Económica".