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Sketchbook Drawing Techniques for Beginners

A course by Lobón Leal
Ilustrador y Concept Artist. Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain.
Joined March 2012
, Ilustrador y Concept Artist

Discover your own style while practicing different exercises in your sketchbook

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (10)
  • 1320 students

Discover your own style while practicing different exercises in your sketchbook

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (10)
  • 1320 students
  • 20 lessons (4h 7m)
  • 22 additional resources (11 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

According to Francisco Lobón Leal, a cartoonist's notebook is the safe place to dump all the ideas and characters that haunt his imagination. In this online course, the illustrator and Concept Artist will teach you how to work with this tool to find your own style and capture your identity.

Each blank page is an opportunity to recount a daily experience, share a perspective or reflect an emotion through your strokes. Throughout the units, you will learn the fundamental drawing techniques and how to put them into practice in your sketchbook. The secret will be to fill out each page, and not stop practicing!

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Your book
  • U3
    U3. The invisible base of the drawing
  • U4
    U4. Train the imagination
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Francisco Lobón Leal will begin the course by telling you about his career and how he combines professional work with personal projects. It will also show you those artists who have influenced him and are still present in his references today.

Next, you will see different options for notebooks and materials. Once you find your personal line, your teacher will teach you the iconicity scale, a tool that will help you recognize different styles, and you will start drawing from models around you to gain confidence.

Then, you will approach the illustration from the outside, with basic shapes and volumes, and from the inside, with internal and action lines. Francisco will explain composition concepts to bring scenarios to life in a simple way and turn objects into personal resources that you can use as totems.

Then you will use the drawn characters to create a height scale and you will play to give new functionalities to everyday accessories. Finally, you will interpret silhouettes in the clouds to train your imagination and you will write a story based on the sketches.

What is this course's project?

You will carry out a series of exercises in your notebook that will lead you to build your own characters and develop their story.

Who is this online course for?

To all the people who want to enjoy drawing in a carefree way in their sketchbook.

Requirements and materials

Regardless of the level you have, you can learn from scratch or internalize concepts of drawing.

The materials you will need will be a sketchbook, a colored graphite, rubber and a pencil sharpener.


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Lobón Leal

A course by Lobón Leal

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Ilustrador y Concept Artist

Francisco Lobón Leal has a degree in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid and currently works as an illustrator and Concept Artist. Together with some of his colleagues, he started Malfario Cómic, a small label in which he self-published his sketchbook “Rojo Sketchbook”.

In addition, through the Illusorium studio, he has worked on the development of the Sky Children of the Light series and participated in illustration magazines such as "Character Design Collection".


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Your book

    • Sketchbooks and the thousand and one strokes
    • How to start
    • Where to start
    • The models around you 1
    • The models around you 2
  • U3

    The invisible base of the drawing

    • Outer lines: the sketch of the crime scene
    • Internal lines 1
    • Internal lines 2
    • Landscapes along the way 1
    • Landscapes along the way 2
    • Totem poles
  • U4

    Train the imagination

    • Line up 1
    • Line up 2
    • Impossible objects
    • Imagination through the roof 1
    • Imagination through the roof 2
    • Script 1
    • Script 2
  • FP

    Final project

    • Sketchbook Drawing Techniques for Beginners

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Sketchbook Drawing Techniques for Beginners. Illustration course by Lobón Leal Best seller

Sketchbook Drawing Techniques for Beginners

A course by Lobón Leal
Ilustrador y Concept Artist. Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain.
Joined March 2012
  • 100% positive reviews (10)
  • 1320 students