Expressive Line Work in Illustration

A course by Carlos Arrojo
Illustrator. A Coruña, Spain.
Joined May 2015
, Illustrator

Discover the possibilities of the line to create illustrations that are visually appealing and dynamic

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (99)
  • 1183 students

Discover the possibilities of the line to create illustrations that are visually appealing and dynamic

An illustration always starts with a line, but what if your composition was solely made up of line work? Carlos Arrojo’s work is a vibrant labyrinth of colors and curves, almost entirely made up of dynamic and balanced line work. He has worked for several international brands such as Nestlé, Perrier, Biotherm, and more.

In this course, Carlos Arrojo invites you to discover the power that lines give to your work. Understand its range of possibilities to create fresh and vivid compositions. Go from pencil and paper to digitizing your work, learning Carlos’ entire creative process to illustrate unique pieces with skill.

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What will you learn in this online course?

19 lessons & 15 downloads

Subject and documentation
10 minutes, 18 seconds
7 minutes, 37 seconds
9 minutes, 50 seconds
Geometric shapes and synthesis
17 minutes, 0 seconds
Organic forms
10 minutes, 29 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (99)
  • 1183 students
  • 19 lessons (3h 22m)
  • 15 additional resources (11 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create an illustration using the line as the main graphic element with the theme of your choice.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Illustrators, designers, and anyone interested in exploring the possibilities of using line work in their illustrations.

Requirements and materials

Basic drawing skills are needed to take this course, as well as notions in how to use design software.

As for materials, you will basic drawing material such as pencils, paper and eraser, a computer, design software (Carlos uses Adobe Illustrator in this course), and a graphics tablet.


1183 Students
99 Reviews
99% Positive ratings

Carlos Arrojo

A course by Carlos Arrojo

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Carlos Arrojo is an illustrator from La Coruña, Spain that specializes in linear artwork. After studying Fine Art, he decided to delve into the world of illustration. Although he still specializes in watercolor illustration, Carlos started using digital software to enhance his work and now uses both traditional and digital methods to create vibrant illustrations for advertising, press, editorial, and products.

He has worked for brands such as Pentagram, Monocle, Perrier, Biotherm, Nestlé, Estrella Galicia, and more. His versatile style has also been celebrated through various awards, including the Ilustramaxina Prize in 2015.


  • U1


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

    Diving between the lines: first steps and sketches

    • Subject and documentation
    • Line
    • Composition
  • U3


    • Geometric shapes and synthesis
    • Organic forms
    • Final sketch
  • U4

    Layout and color

    • From paper to computer
    • Outline 1
    • Outline 2
    • Outline 3
    • Outline 4
    • Outline 5
    • Outline 6
    • Outline 7
    • Final color adjustments
    • Second color version
  • FP

    Final project

    • Expressive Line Work in 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.

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Expressive Line Work in Illustration. Illustration course by Carlos Arrojo

Expressive Line Work in Illustration

A course by Carlos Arrojo
Illustrator. A Coruña, Spain.
Joined May 2015
  • 99% positive reviews (99)
  • 1183 students