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Artistic and Commercial Illustration

A course by Chamo San
Illustrator. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined March 2012
, Illustrator

Learn to draw a realistic portrait in a quick but detailed way

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 2143 students

Learn to draw a realistic portrait in a quick but detailed way

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 2143 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 Lessons (2h 25m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Chamo San, Illustrator of brands such as Nike, Heineken or Santa Lucia, will teach you how to create a portrait in a fast but very detailed way. To do this, you will discover the techniques of composition and copy of more effective portraits and you will know how to create volumes, shading, textures and strokes and give them cohesion in the shortest possible time.

The final result of the illustration will have a very realistic finish and an "iconic" aesthetic typical of collector's film posters.

About this course

You will begin by getting to know the work and the artists who are passionate about Chamo San: "those of a decided line and that mix two worlds, the real and the oneiric".

He will speak to you about the language of his work and what his vision is about Illustrator's profession distinguishing between artistic and commercial projects. For this, he will help other professionals such as Guim Tió, Jordi Rins and Reskate Studio.

Next you will see his creative process and you will elaborate an idea for your final project. Before getting down to work, Chamo will teach you the classic tricks to draw a portrait with Photoshop and the technique of collage to make an express sketch. Once you have the basic drawing, you will learn how to polish it in phases by adding details of digital retouching.

Finally Chamo will teach you how to export the whole set and you will have your final illustration ready to be shown to the world.

What is this course's project?

You will create a "fan art" poster of a cult film, a disc cover or a portrait for your family and friends using tricks, techniques and professional resources in which you will join artistic and commercial illustration.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

The course is aimed at illustrators, designers and creatives in general who like to draw. Also to those who want to have another approach to the profession of illustrator and work methodologies. If you are also a Blade Runner fan, it is also aimed at you.

What you need

To complete this course you will need pencils, paints, a computer with Photoshop installed, a graphic tablet and a scanner.

Chamo San

A course by Chamo San


Chamo's work is divided between a more personal facet that is exhibited in galleries and a more commercial one directed towards advertising and the publishing world.

He studied Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona and at the School of Fine Arts in Paris. Although he specializes in Illustration, he is passionate about any artistic discipline and his works have been exhibited in countries such as Spain, Germany, Mexico and the United States.

Some of the brands he has worked for are Nike, Heineken, Santa Lucia and international agencies such as TiempoBBDO or Shackelton, among others.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2


    • The language of my work, how do I see the Enlightenment?
    • Portrait from an artist's point of view
    • Poster: the commission from the point of view of the Art Director in agency
    • The Mix: Reskate Studio
    • My creative process Have an idea.
  • U3


    • Classic tricks to make a portrait
    • How Photoshop helps you make a portrait
    • Base Drawing
    • Details
    • Textures
  • U4


    • Assembly
    • Retouch
    • Export
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Artistic and commercial illustration

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