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Professional Illustration: Turn Your Passion into a Career

A course by Laura Varsky
Designer and illustrator. Villa Sarmiento, Argentina.
Joined June 2017
, Designer and illustrator

Learn the techniques and tools to turn your illustrations into something more than a hobby

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (430)
  • 6770 students
Professional Illustration: Turn Your Passion into a Career

Learn the techniques and tools to turn your illustrations into something more than a hobby

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (430)
  • 6770 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • Updated on 02/25/2020
  • 23 Lessons (4h 32m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French
  • Unlimited access forever

During their career, professional illustrators often have to assume several additional positions: publicist, administrator, community manager, and even lawyer. Going from drawing in a notebook to being a professional illustrator adds a series of challenges and opportunities that every creative must face, usually by themselves and in a self-taught way.

In this course, Laura Varsky—illustrator and teacher of the course Vector Pattern Creation and Commercialization—will give you the tools to understand how to position yourself in the market and to take advantage of the identifying features of your work. You will analyze the step-by-step of a professional assignment, taking into account the legal aspects of an illustrator's line of work.

In short, this course works as a practical guide to start your career as an illustrator, trying to avoid any missteps or setbacks.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Recognize yourself professionally
  • U3
    U3. Present yourself professionally
  • U4
    U4. Take on professionally
  • U5
    U5. Work professionally
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Laura will introduce herself and her work as an art director with illustrators. She will also tell you about her professional career and some of her influences.

You will learn some characteristics of illustration as a discipline and its scope, to then understand the markets in which an illustrator works and the types of clients, projects, and average budgets they face.

Then it will be time to professionally identify yourself, choosing with which aspect of the profession you feel comfortable with and starting to illustrate in series, under the same theme.

Once you define what type of illustrator you are, you must introduce yourself to the world, defining your name, signature, portfolio structure, self-promotion strategies, and products that you could sell.

Knowing when to take on projects and when not to is a large part of an independent illustrator’s day-to-day, and Laura will guide you through it, helping you balance your private life and profession.

You will understand the legal details that will help you put a price on your work and negotiate your paycheck favorably. You will see different ways of carrying out a job, from the assignment to the finished work.

Finally, you will learn about the different formats for the delivery of your work, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each one.

What is this course's project?

You will define a strategy to start working in illustration in a professional manner, recognizing the potential identifying elements of your work and the potential market for it. You will prepare your graphic presentation pieces and develop a project structure through budgets and work schedules.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

All those who are curious about illustration and want to take their first steps in it, as well as illustrators who want to enhance their professional performance.

What you need

All you need is the will to make your illustrations more than just a hobby, the materials with which you feel comfortable illustrating, and a computer.


6770 Students
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Laura Varsky

A course by Laura Varsky

Designer and illustrator

Although Laura Varsky graduated as a graphic designer at the University of Buenos Aires, her interest in the development of different graphic languages and the search for her own one have brought her closer to the world of illustration, a field in which she has achieved several distinctions.

She has participated in several artistic and commercial projects, specializing in the design of albums and books. In 2006 she was awarded the Latin Grammy Award as Art Director, an award for which she was also nominated in 2014 and 2015. She has also worked in the licensing field for both local and international brands.

For more than 10 years she has been a teacher in the subject of Typography at the University of Buenos Aires and has published two typographic families based on her lettering work: Lady René and Lady Dodó, together with the Sudtipos foundry.

She is the author and co-author of several illustrated books and her work is part of the permanent design collection of the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires. Currently, she gives lectures and workshops in various countries.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • References
    • ¿Qué haremos en el curso?
  • U2

    Recognize yourself professionally

    • What is the illustration?
    • What is the identity? I
    • What is the identity? II
    • Markets for illustration I
    • Markets for illustration II
    • How to start? I
    • How to start? II
    • Serial work
  • U3

    Present yourself professionally

    • Be named
    • Appear
    • Promote yourself I
    • Promote yourself II
    • Sale of products
  • U4

    Take on professionally

    • Learn to say no
    • Learn to say yes
    • Quotation
  • U5

    Work professionally

    • Work processes I
    • Work Processes II
    • Final delivery
    • Closing and conclusions
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Professional illustration: turn your passion into a profession

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Professional Illustration: Turn Your Passion into a Career. A Illustration, Marketing, and Business course by Laura Varsky Best Seller

Professional Illustration: Turn Your Passion into a Career

A course by Laura Varsky
Designer and illustrator. Villa Sarmiento, Argentina.
Joined June 2017
  • 99% Positive reviews (430)
  • 6770 students