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Illustration and Character Design for Children’s Stories

A course by Teresa Martínez
Illustrator. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Joined August 2015
, Illustrator

Learn new digital drawing techniques and create evocative characters

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (634)
  • 13424 students

Learn new digital drawing techniques and create evocative characters

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (634)
  • 13424 students
  • 14 lessons (2h 26m)
  • 11 additional resources (5 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

In illustrated literature, especially children's literature, a memorable character is so much more than a beautiful drawing. Within a narrative, creating solid and convincing characters is essential, and it is these protagonists who will truly have an impact on the story. In order to achieve this, you need two things: enough curiosity to immerse yourself in the lives of these characters and the skill to translate that curiosity into imagery.

In this course, Teresa Martínez, who also teaches Digital Illustration for Children's Stories, walks you through the creative process step by step, so that you can create relatable children's characters. She also helps you develop your creativity and illustration skills to put together a guide to children's literary characters.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The bases
  • U3
    U3. Design
  • U4
    U4. Integrating
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by getting to know a little bit about Teresa and some of her work. She tells you about the artists that have most influenced her personal style and those she admires for their character-creation methods.

Get straight into your first sketches with a few exercises to improve your drawing skills, with a focus on observation as the primary illustration tool. Teresa also goes through extensive theory on character design.

Now get to work on your own character! Teresa shows you her step-by-step process for sketching her characters, with special emphasis on proportions, facial expressions, and body language.

Next, build your character sheet with front-view drawings in various poses and with a variety of facial expressions. Then add color to one of your drawings to help define a color palette.

Finish up the course with a few tips from Teresa on teamwork and how to improve communication while working on a piece for publication.

What is this course's project?

Create a character designed for a young audience including a character sheet complete with a color portrait.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Beginner- and intermediate-level artists looking to get into the world of children's illustration.

Requirements and materials

Basic drawing experience is necessary for this course as well as the digital illustration software of your choice. Teresa uses Adobe Photoshop.

In terms of materials, you need a notebook, a pencil, photo or video reference materials, and a computer or tablet installed with your choice of software.


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Teresa Martínez

A course by Teresa Martínez

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Teresa started out in illustration at a young age, publishing comics independently as well as in a local daily newspaper. She later studied to be a graphic designer but never stopped incorporating illustrations into her projects. In 2002 she started working in the editorial industry and published pieces with Richmond, Editorial SM, Castillo, Edebé, Alfaguara, and CONACULTA.

With more than 25 years' experience in the field of illustration, she has had numerous opportunities in the audiovisual world, seeing her illustrations appear in the short Imaginantes as well as internationally. Some of her pieces, including Swan Lake, Fábulas Mexicanas, Arthur and the Sword in the Stone, and Fantastic Body, have been published in England, France, Spain, Brazil, and the United States.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    The bases

    • The ability to observe
    • From the eye to the stroke
    • Concepts to consider
    • Children and animals
  • U3


    • Initial sketch
    • Face and expressions
    • Body expression
  • U4


    • Model sheet
    • To give color
    • Additional effects
    • Tips
  • FP

    Final project

    • Illustration and character design for children's stories

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Illustration and Character Design for Children’s Stories. Illustration course by Teresa Martínez Best seller

Illustration and Character Design for Children’s Stories

A course by Teresa Martínez
Illustrator. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Joined August 2015
  • 100% positive reviews (634)
  • 13424 students