From Pencil Drawing to Digital Illustration

A course by Dani Blázquez , Illustrator

Illustrator. Santander, Spain.
Joined June 2011

Create a radical illustration by combining analogue drawing with Photoshop effects

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (185)
  • 2365 students

Create a radical illustration by combining analogue drawing with Photoshop effects

Dani Blázquez will teach you how to create a high-impact illustration from a previous drawing in pencil.

You will learn to color and adjust your original with a few layers and effects of Photoshop. In addition, you will create a hand-made typography absolutely groundbreaking with a few simple steps.

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What will you learn in this online course?

14 lessons & 26 downloads

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (185)
  • 2365 students
  • 14 lessons (2h 25m)
  • 26 additional resources (19 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

You will create a powerful and groundbreaking illustration on the theme that you like most by mixing the pencil drawing with digital techniques.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

To anyone who wants to start drawing (or who already does) and want, with some basic knowledge of Photoshop, give a plus of quality to their pencils. It is also aimed at restless illustrators who want to learn a different technique.

Requirements and materials

To do this course you will need a certain level of drawing although it is not essential, you can use some of the original Dani Blázquez drawings if you wish.

You will also need paper, pencil or any drawing tool with which you feel comfortable, a computer, a scanner, a graphic tablet, a light table or a well-lit window and basic knowledge of Photoshop.


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Dani Blázquez

A course by Dani Blázquez

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His story begins as that of 9 out of 10 cartoonists: stuck to pencils since childhood. However, there was a time when Dani Blázquez was doing tricks and gambetas to the illustration, as if trying to avoid an uncomfortable traveling companion who follows you to the destination station.

In 2009 he decided to resume the drawing and try to turn it into his profession. He went to Oviedo to study Illustration and in 2012 he began to receive his first assignments. His most iconic works are those that delve into the imaginary of his childhood and adolescence.

Usually starting from memories in the form of eighties graphics, advertising, posters and, ultimately, everything that has to do with the 89 and 90: posters of movies, music, aesthetics, colors ...

Dani Blázquez cites as influences a score of names that include, among others, Martin Ansin, Gabz, Drew Struzan, Jano, Richard Amsel, Ken Taylor, Gomez Quibus, Tomer Hanuka or Mucha. But then there are those who do not cite, those springing springly from their plates. Steven Spielberg, the teenage cinema of the 80s, the now retro futurism of Ridley Scott or James Cameron and other blockbusters of those glorious times. In his proposal everything is color, popcorn and Mirindas, a constant reminder in time happy and carefree.


  • U1


    • Presentation of my work and project of the course
    • Influences
  • U2

    Preparing the original. Materials and techniques

    • Idea, search of references and creation of our "ideal" reference photo
    • Materials and techniques
    • We begin to draw
    • Creating our own typography by hand
  • U3

    Digital Process

    • Scanning and various settings
    • Base colors
    • Shadows and lights
    • Shadows and extra lights 1
    • Shadows and extra lights 2
  • U4

    Final adjustments

    • Background and details
    • Fonts typography and final adjustments
    • Possible applications
  • FP

    Final project

    • From pencil drawing to digital illustration

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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.

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From Pencil Drawing to Digital Illustration. Illustration course by Dani Blázquez

From Pencil Drawing to Digital Illustration

A course by Dani Blázquez
Illustrator. Santander, Spain.
Joined June 2011
  • 98% positive reviews (185)
  • 2365 students