Vector Portrait with Manual Textures

A course by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo , Graphic Designer and Illustrator

Graphic Designer and Illustrator. Valparaíso, Chile.
Joined June 2009

Create unique illustrations by combining digital images with handmade textures

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (140)
  • 2103 students

Create unique illustrations by combining digital images with handmade textures

Any work of art you envision can become a reality when you tap into the power of both analog and digital techniques and throw in a bit of experimentation.

Álvaro Tapia Hidalgo has spent over seven years doing just this, illustrating unique and inimitable vector portraits that overflow with meaning and emotion. His work has led to collaborations with renowned publications such as The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, ESPN, WIRED, and Newsweek, as well as big-name brands like adidas, PUMA, and Heineken.

In this course, join him to learn to create an illustrated portrait by applying both digital and analog techniques. Álvaro teaches you all the steps involved in putting together an illustration based on a photo reference using vector drawings in Adobe Illustrator along with handmade textures and layers in Adobe Photoshop.

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What will you learn in this online course?

14 lessons & 15 downloads

My vision of the portrait
8 minutes, 39 seconds
4 minutes, 52 seconds
5 minutes, 47 seconds
Traced in Illustrator (part 1)
18 minutes, 42 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (140)
  • 2103 students
  • 14 lessons (1h 46m)
  • 15 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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What is this course's project?

Create an illustrated portrait of yourself or any other person you choose by combining vector drawings made in Adobe Illustrator with hand-painted watercolor textures and later assembling the final composition using layers in Adobe Photoshop.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Designers, illustrators, and all art lovers who want to explore new ways to create illustrated portraits with mixed media.

Requirements and materials

You don't need any prior drawing experience; Álvaro teaches you a foolproof method you can use to develop your illustrated portrait using a photo reference. However, you do need basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

As for materials, you need a computer with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop installed, brushes, paper, watercolor, ink, a roller, and a scanner.


2103 Students
140 Reviews
100% Positive ratings

Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

A course by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

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Graphic Designer and Illustrator

Álvaro Tapia Hidalgo is a graphic designer and illustrator from Viña del Mar, Chile with a degree in design from La Universidad de Valparaíso and another one in film from La Escuela de Cine de Chile.

He spent over a decade working on graphic-design projects as an art director while also tackling audiovisual projects as a film director and post-production specialist. In 2011, he decided to focus exclusively on illustration, combining traditional and digital techniques to achieve his own distinctive style.

His work has been featured in international publications such as The New Yorker, ESPN, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Newsweek, The Atlantic, and New York Magazine, and he has also collaborated with top brands like adidas, PUMA, Heineken, Mahindra, Atomic, and Marc Ecko. Additionally, his work has been displayed in a number of exhibitions, galleries, and museums in countries all over the world, including the United States, Germany, England, Italy, the Netherlands, Colombia, Croatia, Argentina, Spain, and Chile.


  • U1


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

    The portrait: Previous processes

    • My vision of the portrait
    • Preparation of the reference image
    • Color
    • Textures
  • U3

    To portray!

    • Traced in Illustrator (part 1)
    • Traced in Illustrator (part 2)
    • Photoshop composition
    • Background
    • Finish
  • U4


    • Additional features
    • Product Application
  • FP

    Final project

    • Vector portrait with manual textures

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Vector Portrait with Manual Textures. Illustration course by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

Vector Portrait with Manual Textures

A course by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo
Graphic Designer and Illustrator. Valparaíso, Chile.
Joined June 2009
  • 100% positive reviews (140)
  • 2103 students