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Graphic Experimentation for Illustrated Stories

A course by Alejandra Acosta
Illustrator. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined March 2019
, Illustrator

Create your own illustrated universe from a story using mixed techniques

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (661)
  • 8248 students

Create your own illustrated universe from a story using mixed techniques

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (661)
  • 8248 students
  • 20 lessons (3h 56m)
  • 19 additional resources (6 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

We all have a favorite illustrated book that opened the gates to our imagination and left a lasting impression on us. Illustrator Alejandra Acosta is passionate about triggering wonder and curiosity through her illustrations for books, always exploring new routes to depict each story in a unique and personal way. With over eleven years of experience in illustrating stories, Alejandra has worked with many editorials including Jekyll & Jill, Random House, Planeta, Sexto Piso, and more.

Discover how to approach illustrated stories, by analyzing a story in its many facets, while experimenting with various techniques to choose the right one for your story.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Before drawing, plan
  • U3
    U3. Let's do it
  • U4
    U4. Techniques
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Alejandra tells you about the unusual start to her career as an illustrator, going through some of her work and some of the artists that inspire and help her find the ideal style for each of her projects.

Discover her perspective on how to illustrate for stories and start to build your own illustrious atmosphere by collecting inspiration for your mood board. Research examples of other illustrated books, develop a lexical field to describe your ideas, and build your color palette, discovering the infinite possibilities that color brings to your work.

Once you have collected references and inspiration for your project, discover how to analyze the story you’re about to illustrate. Consider the audience this book is for, the tone of the story, and the topics it gives rise to.

Next, identify the personality traits of your characters to incorporate their most important features. Learn about composition, weight, and format, as well as the importance of leaving enough space for text. Understand how to give rhythm to your illustrations through the composition, in accordance with the story itself.

Experiment with a variety of materials and techniques for your three illustrations, learning how to use each one, and applying the ones that best fit your narrative. See how to analyze your illustrations and ensure the color palette is in accordance with the mood of your illustrations, to maintain a common thread between your three illustrations.

Alejandra will provide you with many techniques and perspectives on Illustrated stories that will be useful not only for book illustrations, but also to enhance your portfolio work, as well as other illustrated projects.

What is this course's project?

Create a series of three illustrations using three different mixed techniques, going through the process of preparing and creating illustrations for a story.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for those who want to have a better understanding of how to create illustrated books and want to find their own voice.

Those who want to experiment with a variety of fun and original techniques, while perfecting their own artistic style will also benefit from this course.

Requirements and materials

For this course, you must be eager to learn all about book illustrations and what they communicate. Previous knowledge in illustration is useful but not essential.

As for materials, you need heavy grade paper, colored pencils, India ink and watercolors, colored paper, paintbrushes, graphite pencils, oil pastels, a roller and etching ink, an eraser, scissors, and glue.


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Alejandra Acosta is a Chilean illustrator with a reputation for exploring diverse techniques and visual languages for her work in the books she illustrates. After graduating in Graphic Design, Alejandra was an Art Director for several years before pursuing her dream of becoming a full-time illustrator.

With over 11 years of experience in professional illustration, she now has a successful career and a portfolio filled with diverse illustration styles. She has worked with many renowned editorials such as Jekyll & Jill, Zorro Rojo, Barbara Fiore, Amanuta, Fondo de Cultura Económica, Sexto Piso, Carthusia, Loqueleo, Planeta, and RandomHouse, among others.


  • U1


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

    Before drawing, plan

    • Atmosphere and point of view
    • Keywords and mood board
    • materialsM
    • Color palette
    • Color palette (part 2)
  • U3

    Let's do it

    • Characters
    • Characters (part 2)
    • Composition
    • Projecting
    • Projecting (part 2)
  • U4


    • Watercolor and polychromes
    • Watercolor and polychromes (part 2)
    • Colored and graphite papers
    • Colored and graphite papers (part 2)
    • Ink and pastel monocopy
    • Ink and pastel monocopy (part 2)
    • Voila!
  • FP

    Final project

    • Graphic experimentation for illustrated stories

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Graphic Experimentation for Illustrated Stories. Illustration course by Alejandra Acosta Best seller

Graphic Experimentation for Illustrated Stories

A course by Alejandra Acosta
Illustrator. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined March 2019
  • 100% positive reviews (661)
  • 8248 students