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Picturebook Creation

A course by Flavia Z Drago , Illustrator, autor and graphic designer

Illustrator, autor and graphic designer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined August 2019

Use illustration as a narrative base for your book and create a model ready to present to an editor

Best seller
99% positive reviews (791)
14167 students
Audio: Spanish, English
Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Use illustration as a narrative base for your book and create a model ready to present to an editor

Do you know the difference between an illustrated book and a picturebook? Illustrator and author of various beautiful picturebooks for children of all ages, Flavia Zorrilla Drago, will show you. She is passionate about telling stories that connect with people through images and words and has collaborated with editorials such as Combel (Ricitos de Oro), Petra (Dientes, Santo Remedio), Delete Dog (Balandra), the Secretary of Culture in Mexico (Tolstoi), and Walker Books (Gustavo, the Shy Ghost).

In this course, she will teach you the basic narrative principles and will guide you so that you find the best idea to create your own picturebook. She will show you how to give life to your story through your illustrations and will teach you her design and coloring process, combining analogical and digital techniques (Adobe Photoshop). You will then learn to build your model with Adobe InDesign, ready to send to editorials, contests, and literary agents.

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What will you learn in this online course?

19 lessons & 48 downloads

Picturebook types
4 minutes, 28 seconds
How do I find my ideas?
7 minutes, 53 seconds
A world for my character
10 minutes, 56 seconds
The sequential image
3 minutes, 21 seconds
Let's talk about the storyboard
8 minutes, 43 seconds
  • 99% positive reviews (791)
  • 14167 students
  • 19 lessons (2h 20m)
  • 48 additional resources (11 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish, English
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Develop a fictional picturebook, starting with the original idea, to the final model, ready to be presented to an editorial or competition.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

For illustrators, designers, artists, and anyone interested in creating and publishing original illustrated stories.

Requirements and materials

It is recommended to have basic knowledge in illustration, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign.

As for materials, for your sketches, it is recommended to have a sketchbook or loose sheets of paper, and a pencil. For the final illustration, you will need the materials that you want to experiment with (watercolor, ink, colored pencils, markers, different types of paper, etc). To build the model for your book, you will need a computer with Photoshop and InDesign or Illustrator, and a scanner; And lastly, to build your model, you will need cardboard with a 2mm thickness, double-sided sticky tape, spray-on glue, a ruler, square rulers, a cutting table, and a craft knife (as an option you can choose an adhesive transparent film).


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14167 Students
791 Reviews
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Flavia Z Drago

A course by Flavia Z Drago

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Illustrator, autor and graphic designer

Flavia studied graphic design in Mexico and for many years, worked in branding and packaging design. She later became an illustrator and is now a full-time writer and illustrator of picturebooks for children of all ages. Her books can be found in Mexico, Spain, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and online through Amazon.

As a designer, she has worked with Dolce Gusto, Nestlé Chocolate, and Hermés. She has illustrated for editorials such as Combel (Ricitos de Oro), Petra (Dientes, Santo Remedio), Delete Dog (Balandra), and the Secretary of Culture in Mexico (Tolstoi), A Fin de Cuentos (Alimentos que cambiaron al mundo), Castillo (Maroma y la mariposa roja) and Walker Books (Gustavo the Shy Ghost); and for animation studios like HolaCombo (Matlatzinca and #Refugeechildren) and Dicinueve36 (Little Thinkers).


Content

  • U1

    Hello!

    • From designer to illustrator
    • Things that inspire me
    • What will we do in the course
  • U2

    Introduction to the picturebook

    • Illustrated book or picturebook?
    • Picturebook types
    • The anatomy of the picturebook
  • U3

    The ingredients to count

    • How do I find my ideas?
    • A world for my character
    • Showing and telling
    • The sequential image
  • U4

    The storyboard

    • Let's talk about the storyboard
    • Expressive typography
    • Narrative and diagramming
  • U5

    The model step by step

    • The Color Palette 1
    • The Color Palette 2
    • Final art 1
    • Final art 2
    • The cover
    • The model of our book
  • FP

    Final project

    • Creating a picturebook from start to finish

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule and with an easy-to-follow method. You set your own pace.

  • Learn from the best professionals

    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Meet expert teachers

    Each expert teaches what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

  • Certificates
    Plus

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  • Get front-row seats

    Videos of the highest quality, so you don't miss a single detail. With unlimited access, you can watch them as many times as you need to perfect your technique.

  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

  • Connect with a global creative community

    The community is home to millions of people from around the world who are curious and passionate about exploring and expressing their creativity.

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FAQs

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.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Picturebook Creation. Illustration course by Flavia Z Drago Best seller

Picturebook Creation

A course by Flavia Z Drago
Illustrator, autor and graphic designer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined August 2019
  • 99% positive reviews (791)
  • 14167 students