Illustration for Creative Minds: Reinventing the Ordinary

A course by Cristian Turdera
Illustrator and Designer. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined July 2019
, Illustrator and Designer

Learn a process to create illustration reinventing concepts from a personal perspective

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (147)
  • 1588 students

Learn a process to create illustration reinventing concepts from a personal perspective

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (147)
  • 1588 students
  • 13 lessons (2h 13m)
  • 10 additional resources (1 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

When seeking to become an illustrator, each individual has their own unique path to get there. Argentinian illustrator and graphic designer Cristian Turdera enjoys creating stories and sharing his vision of authors on themes that allure, whether it be for books, magazines, toys, objects, installations, and more. With a wide variety of experience in the industry, and having worked on a range of editorial areas with Penguin Random House, Editorial SM, Alfaguara, or Pequeño Editor, among others.

In this course, Cristian shows you his creative process so you can develop an illustrated idea. He teaches you how to rethink the objects you think you know, to transform them into the protagonist of your illustration, and question your point of view, giving you additional ideas to express your vision, starting with words.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The creative process: breaking the limits
  • U3
    U3. From sketch to illustration
  • U4
    U4. Composing the final illustration
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by getting to know Cristian, his work, and about the things and people that inspire and influence his work, then going through the course’s specifics.

See the difference between drawing and illustrating, and how drawing must be your ally when exploring new areas with a series of Cristian’s fun and practical exercises. See how an object can have infinite possibilities.

Select an idea linked to a phrase, a theme, and the object you choose and get to sketching. Polish your sketch until you have it ready to create your final illustration. Consider the format, scan your penciled drawing, and keep working on your illustration with vectors on Adobe Illustrator (you can also use Photoshop). Work on the design and the shapes until you find a solid base.

Continue using the references you’ve collected, incorporating objects to your image, as well as textures, volume, and essential details. Cristian shows you his entire creative process step-by-step, seeing how to use layers, filters, lights, and shadows, and other elements. He also shows you how to include typefaces. Lastly, he gives you some practical advice on the profession.

What is this course's project?

Create an illustration that communicates a concept linked to a phrase or strong idea that amplifies the reading of the written word, to offer creative communication solutions.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

For all those interested in illustration—professionals and amateurs—image enthusiasts, creatives, art directors who want to learn about concept and language, designers, artists, illustrators, or simply those curious about understanding how to generate new ideas and recreate them in an illustration.

Requirements and materials

You will need basic knowledge of how to use Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, and the eagerness to draw.

As for materials, you’ll need paper, pencils, markers, a pencil sharpener, an eraser, adhesive tape, and whatever you use to draw usually. You will also need a computer with Photoshop and Illustrator.


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Cristian Turdera

A course by Cristian Turdera

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Illustrator and Designer

Cristian Turdera studied Design and worked in advertising agencies from a young age. This experience gave him a distinctive outlook on the value of ideas, concepts, and about the power of what an image is capable of communicating. He has always drawn, which eventually led him to illustrate professionally.

Today, he uses both—illustration and design—in his work. He published his first illustrations in a school book over twenty years ago and is still in the field, with lots of enthusiasm, always seeking new opportunities. He has worked for editorials such as Penguin Random House, Editorial SM, Alfaguara, or Pequeño Editor, and many more.

As well as illustrating books, Cristian also illustrates toys and other products for clients like Arcor, Ruibal, Djeco toys, Peabody, and more. He illustrates for audiovisual projects, magazines, and even installations.


  • U1


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

    The creative process: breaking the limits

    • Drawing and illustration
    • The focus of our gaze
    • One object, infinite shapes
    • One concept, one object
  • U3

    From sketch to illustration

    • Draw what is found
    • Choice of idea
    • Vectorized Sketch and Illustration Design
    • Assembling a bookstore
  • U4

    Composing the final illustration

    • Final illustration details and adjustments
    • Work dynamics and reflections
  • FP

    Final project

    • Illustration for Creative Minds: Reinventing the Ordinary

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Illustration for Creative Minds: Reinventing the Ordinary. Illustration course by Cristian Turdera

Illustration for Creative Minds: Reinventing the Ordinary

A course by Cristian Turdera
Illustrator and Designer. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined July 2019
  • 100% positive reviews (147)
  • 1588 students