Children’s Illustration for Editorial Publications

A course by Pamela Barbieri
Illustrator. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined November 2016
, Illustrator

Learn how to approach children’s illustration projects, from the brief to the final delivery

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (251)
  • 3306 students

Learn how to approach children’s illustration projects, from the brief to the final delivery

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (251)
  • 3306 students
  • 18 lessons (3h 22m)
  • 12 additional resources (5 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Drawing for the little ones and accompanying funny stories with colorful images is what Pamela Barbieri is most passionate about. Her six years of experience as an illustrator have provided her with in-depth knowledge of the children's publishing market and her own infallible character creation method. Her clients include Jardín de Genios magazine, Éditions Auzou, Cottage Door Press, The Clever Factory, and Catapulta Editores, among many others.

In this course, learn how to illustrate a two-page spread for a children's magazine like a professional, from the basic to the most complex details.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Illustrating for the little ones
  • U3
    U3. Tools to illustrate
  • U4
    U4. Commission from start to finish
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Get to know your teacher, Pamela Barbieri. She talks about her passion for children's illustration and how she got started in the industry. She also shares her most important works and biggest influences.

Learn about the different target audiences in the children's publishing market and try out some different illustration styles by designing a character, starting with the head and placing special emphasis on expressions. Once you've defined the face, create your character's body using the puppet method.

Pamela then teaches you all the basic resources for producing illustrated stories such as lines, color palettes, and composition. Next, focus your attention on the brief—what it is, how it's structured, and what its benefits are when it comes to illustration.

Now's the moment of truth! Check your assignment and work on it as if it were a real commission. Begin by studying the brief and start brainstorming. Draw the first sketches until you have one that shows lots of potential, vectorize it in Adobe Illustrator, and add color after a few tests.

Pamela rounds out the course by telling you a little about working as a freelancer, the importance of the organization, client relationships, and the advantages and disadvantages of having an agent.

What is this course's project?

Tell a story from beginning to end through a double-page illustration for a children's magazine.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Illustrators, graphic designers, drawing professionals, and anyone interested in immersing themselves in the world of children's illustration.

Requirements and materials

To take this course, you need basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and a passion for drawing.

For materials, you need a computer with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator installed, as well as some basic drawing tools.


3306 Students
251 Reviews
98% Positive ratings

Pamela Barbieri

A course by Pamela Barbieri

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Pamela Barbieri is an Argentine illustrator with more than six years' experience. She is passionate about telling stories with images for the littlest readers, and bringing to life the work of writers with colorful illustrations. Her work is mainly focused on the development of drawings for kids' magazines, books, and clothing.

Over the years, she's worked for clients such as Arcor, Lucky Little Moose, Sticker Picker, Cottage Door Press, Igloo Publishing, Jardín de Genios, Catapulta Editores, The Clever Factory, Estación Manioca, Auzou Editions, Revista Genios, Invisible Editions, Samsung Publishing, Namaka Magazine, and more.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Illustrating for the little ones

    • Target
    • Character design, head and face
    • Character design, body I
    • Character design, body II
  • U3

    Tools to illustrate

    • The line as a resource I
    • The line as a resource II
    • Theory of color
    • Composition
    • Brief
  • U4

    Commission from start to finish

    • The order arrives ... Hands to work
    • Sketches around here, sketches over there I
    • Sketches around here, sketches over there II
    • Time to vectorize I
    • Time to vector II
    • Adding color
    • Be our own bosses
  • FP

    Final project

    • Children's illustration for magazines

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Children’s Illustration for Editorial Publications. Illustration course by Pamela Barbieri

Children’s Illustration for Editorial Publications

A course by Pamela Barbieri
Illustrator. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined November 2016
  • 98% positive reviews (251)
  • 3306 students