Commercial Illustration with Colored Pencils

A course by Carmen García Huerta
Illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
Joined January 2019
, Illustrator

Learn to create stunning illustrations from scratch, from the brief to the final artwork

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (371)
  • 5805 students

Learn to create stunning illustrations from scratch, from the brief to the final artwork

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (371)
  • 5805 students
  • 21 lessons (3h 35m)
  • 14 additional resources (2 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

Have you ever wanted to take your colored pencil illustrations to the commercial world? Professional illustrator Carmen García Huerta teaches you how to do just that by mastering a technique that is full of nuances.

Passionate about capturing the color and vibrations of nature with colored pencils and graphite, Carmen has developed her own style that has led her to collaborate with brands such as El País, El Corte Inglés, Lancôme, Cinco Jotas, Alhambra, Joyerías Suárez, and the festival of San Isidro 2017 for Madrid City Council, Spain. In this online course, she teaches you how to develop illustrations with professional techniques and tips, as well as how to manage a real commission, from the moment the brief arrives in your inbox to sending the final artwork to your client.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Context
  • U3
    U3. Manual part
  • U4
    U4. The digital part
  • U5
    U5. Presentation and adaptations
  • FP
    FP Final project
View details

Begin by getting to know Carmen García Huerta, her career, and her collaborations with clients of all kinds, including illustrations for the press, fashion and jewelry brands, consumer products, institutions, and more.

Discover the influences that have inspired both her professional work and more personal projects, from furniture designers to icons from classic and contemporary art.

Next, get an introduction to the two focal points of the course. Look at commercial illustration, what it is, and some of its standout references before moving on to the materials: colored and graphite pencils. Carmen shows you how to use them as well as essential techniques, wrist movements, and other details.

After some basic pencil coloring exercises, dive into a simulated brief from a client requesting an illustration commission for a chain store (or department store). Study the information provided and use key concepts to make a mood board for inspiration.

Then, do the line sketch, send it for feedback, and, once approved (with possible modifications), draw it in detail.

Carmen shows you her two-step approach to professional projects and the techniques she implements in each. First, transform your sketch into a detailed drawing that includes all the elements of the illustration. Move on to the next phase and digitize your work, assembling the final composition in Adobe Photoshop with some last touches of color.

To wrap things up, prepare the finished illustration and adapt it to your final art's different formats.

What is this course's project?

Create an illustration with colored pencils based on a detailed client brief.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Illustrators who want to break into the commercial illustration market.

Requirements and materials

Previous drawing experience, regardless of the technique, is required, although this course focuses on colored pencils. A basic grasp of Adobe Photoshop is also necessary.

As for materials, you need colored pencils, graphite pencils, an eraser, a cutter, a special purpose pencil sharpener, paper for colored pencils, ordinary paper to protect the drawing, brushes of different sizes for shading and cleaning the drawing, a computer, and a scanner.


5805 Students
371 Reviews
96% Positive ratings

Carmen García Huerta

A course by Carmen García Huerta

Teacher Plus

Carmen García Huerta is from and based in Madrid, Spain. She studied advertising and public relations at the Complutense University of Madrid, but has drawn all her life. After a brief foray into graphic design, she immediately moved on to commercial and fashion illustration, a sector in which she has now worked for more than fifteen years, both inside and outside of Spain.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What are we going to do?
  • U2


    • Brief history of commercial illustration
    • materials
    • Introduction to illustration with colored pencils
    • Introduction to illustration with colored pencils II
  • U3

    Manual part

    • Receipt and analysis of the briefing and conduct of counterbriefing
    • Moodboard Preparation
    • Sketch, presentation and feedback
    • Drawing I part I
    • Drawing I part II
    • Drawing I part III
    • Drawing II part I
    • Drawing II part II
    • Drawing II part III
  • U4

    The digital part

    • Digitization and cleaning of the illustration
    • Digitization and cleaning of illustration II
    • Recomposition, last touches and completion
  • U5

    Presentation and adaptations

    • Sending the final illustration
    • Adaptation to the different formats
  • FP

    Final project

    • Commercial illustration with colored pencils

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule and with an easy-to-follow method. You set your own pace.

  • Learn from the best professionals

    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Meet expert teachers

    Each expert teaches what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

  • Certificates

    If you're a Plus member, get a custom certificate signed by your teacher for every course. Share it on your portfolio, social media, or wherever you like.

  • Get front-row seats

    Videos of the highest quality, so you don't miss a single detail. With unlimited access, you can watch them as many times as you need to perfect your technique.

  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

  • Connect with a global creative community

    The community is home to millions of people from around the world who are curious and passionate about exploring and expressing their creativity.

  • Watch professionally produced courses

    Domestika curates its teacher roster and produces every course in-house to ensure a high-quality online learning experience.


Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

You can redeem the course you received by accessing the redeeming page and entering your gift code.

If you're a Plus member, when you complete a course you've purchased, you'll instantly get your personalized certificate. You can see all your certificates in the Certificates section of your profile. You can download your certificates as PDFs and share the link online. Learn more about certificates.
Commercial Illustration with Colored Pencils. Illustration course by Carmen García Huerta

Commercial Illustration with Colored Pencils

A course by Carmen García Huerta
Illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
Joined January 2019
  • 96% positive reviews (371)
  • 5805 students