Digital Illustration with Geometric Shapes for Beginners

A course by Pablo Lobato
Illustrator. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined December 2018
, Illustrator

Learn a simple method to get started in the world of digital illustration and explore its endless possibilities

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (259)
  • 2892 students

Learn a simple method to get started in the world of digital illustration and explore its endless possibilities

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (259)
  • 2892 students
  • 17 lessons (2h 34m)
  • 9 additional resources (3 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

The boundary between analog and digital creation is fading quickly thanks to programs like Adobe Illustrator and Procreate, which make it possible to digitize your sketches or draw directly on screen. In this online course, learn to combine the best of these two methods to create illustrations using basic geometric shapes.

Join Pablo Lobato, Argentine graphic designer and illustrator, to discover the techniques you need to venture out into the world of digital illustration fearlessly and with an open mind.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Before starting
  • U3
    U3. Lines and planes
  • U4
    U4. Color y composición
  • U5
    U5. Proceso paso a paso
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by familiarizing yourself with Pablo Lobato's work and his sources of inspiration, from illustrators to painters to musicians, as well as film, television, and above all, his observations of the world around him.

Discover various techniques and tricks to draw freely and assemble your own collection of sketches that you can later reference for inspiration.

Next, find out how to create illustrations using simple lines. Explore everything from straight and curved lines to continuous and dotted lines, and see how varying the line type and weight can transform your initial drawing.

Then put together an illustration using basic figures, first circles and then rectangles. Combine these two to achieve more complex shapes, using tools such as the Pathfinder to add or remove different elements.

Build up your illustrations in black and white, later adding texture, transparency, grayscale, and finally color. Take your creation one step further by experimenting with the results and creating several variations.

Pablo wraps up the course by revealing his work method, which involves playing three roles: that of a detective who gathers information, an artist who sketches out some ideas, and an executive who polishes up the illustrations to achieve professional results.

What is this course's project?

Create an illustration applying all the techniques covered in the course.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone with an interest in drawing, whether you're a beginner, a graphic designer who wants to explore analog illustration, or an illustrator who wants to delve into digital vector drawing.

Requirements and materials

No prior experience with illustration is required.

As for materials, all you need is a computer with vector-illustration software like Adobe Illustrator.


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Pablo Lobato

A course by Pablo Lobato

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Pablo Lobato is an Argentine designer and illustrator who earned his degree at La Universidad Nacional de La Plata. He worked in the field of editorial design from 1995 to 2003, later beginning his career as an illustrator. Since then, his illustrations have been published in newspapers and magazines such as The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, WIRED, TIME, and many more. He has also done commercial work for big-name brands like Nike, Havaianas, Disney Argentina, and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, among others.

In addition, his work has been featured in Illustration Now! Vol. 3 and Illustration Now! Portraits, released by the renowned publishing house TASCHEN. He was awarded first prize in the Caricature category by World Press Cartoon in 2012, and he is a six-time winner of the Award of Excellence given by Communication Arts. Based in Buenos Aires, this prolific artist has gained international renown, displaying his work in galleries all over the world.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Before starting

    • Drawing box
    • Digital language
  • U3

    Lines and planes

    • Contour line I
    • Contour line II
    • Circles
    • Rectangles
    • Combinations
  • U4

    Color y composición

    • Blanco, negro, grises y texturas I
    • Blanco, negro, grises y texturas II
    • Color I
    • Color II
    • Figura y fondo
  • U5

    Proceso paso a paso

    • El detective
    • El artista
    • El ejecutor
  • FP

    Final project

    • Digital illustration for beginners level -1

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Digital Illustration with Geometric Shapes for Beginners. Illustration course by Pablo Lobato

Digital Illustration with Geometric Shapes for Beginners

A course by Pablo Lobato
Illustrator. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined December 2018
  • 99% positive reviews (259)
  • 2892 students