By Hand and On The Cover

A course by Sergio Jiménez
Illustrator and illustrator of letters. Madrid, Spain.
Joined October 2005
, Illustrator and illustrator of letters

Design with handwritten letters

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 93% positive reviews (55)
  • 956 students

Design with handwritten letters

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 93% positive reviews (55)
  • 956 students
  • 10 lessons (2h 28m)
  • 19 additional resources (16 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

In this course Sergio Jiménez (Subcoolture) teaches you how to illustrate the cover of a book from our own hand-drawn letters. We will work from references of the world of illustration and letters in the least literary and most typographical sense and we will experiment with different materials and drawing tools. In addition, we will see different techniques and tricks when transferring that drawing to a digital environment.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Documentation and choice of your cover
  • U2
    U2. Materials, foundations and sketches
  • U3
    U3. Go to ink and scan
  • U4
    U4. We become digital
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Search of references of the world of illustration, lettering and drawing of letters and everything that can inspire us and lead us to the development of sketches.

Explanation of the necessary materials and their use with various techniques of ink drawing, creation of textures and practices on different supports

Techniques and tricks step by step to take our drawings to the digital environment, scan and organize, color and compose in Photoshop.

Final summary including each step taken. Share the project Participate in the forum of the course.

Who is this online course for?

To students, illustrators and graphic designers who want to start in the drawing of letters. Or, simply, to anyone wanting to experiment with illustration and letters.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of drawing.

Basic materials: pencil, ink, tube watercolor, eraser, round brushes, inking roller, watercolor paper, acetate, vegetable paper, Photoshop, Illustrator, scanner.


956 Students
55 Reviews
93% Positive ratings

Sergio Jiménez

A course by Sergio Jiménez

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Illustrator and illustrator of letters

Sergio Jiménez (1976, Toledo), is a freelance illustrator specialized in illustration and lettering. His works include a manual approach to the drawing of letters and an experimental use of typography. He currently lives in Madrid from where he has worked in and out of the country for clients such as Computer Arts, Random House Mondadori, Etapes, Rolling Stone, Public, El País, Yorokobu, Uno Skateboard or the Newspaper of Catalonia.

He has collaborated with leading advertising agencies such as Attik London (Coca Cola), Ms. Rushmore (Vodafone) and Avalancha (Vallnord Freestyle). In 2010 he was selected as an emerging designer at the IV International Congress of Typography in Valencia, and for a few years he has been giving lectures and workshops in different schools and universities.


  • U1

    Documentation and choice of your cover

    • Introduction
    • Influences
  • U2

    Materials, foundations and sketches

    • materials
    • Fundamentals of the letters
    • Sketches
  • U3

    Go to ink and scan

    • Go to ink
    • Scanning
  • U4

    We become digital

    • Selection, color and use of textures
    • Composition
    • We finish the details and present the cover in a "Mockup"
  • FP

    Final project

    • By hand and on the cover

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By Hand and On The Cover. Calligraphy, and Typography course by Sergio Jiménez

By Hand and On The Cover

A course by Sergio Jiménez
Illustrator and illustrator of letters. Madrid, Spain.
Joined October 2005
  • 93% positive reviews (55)
  • 956 students