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Picturebook Creation

A course by Flavia Z Drago
Illustrator, autor and graphic designer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined August 2019
, Illustrator, autor and graphic designer

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

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (704)
  • 12067 students

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



Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (704)
  • 12067 students
  • 19 lessons (2h 20m)
  • 48 additional resources (11 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


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.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Hello!
  • U2
    U2. Introduction to the picturebook
  • U3
    U3. The ingredients to count
  • U4
    U4. The storyboard
  • U5
    U5. The model step by step
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will start by getting to know Flavia and her work. She will talk about her travels around the world, of her transition from designer to illustrator, and will show you what she draws her inspiration from.

Learn the difference between an illustrated book and a picturebook, all the different types that exist along with their characteristics. Next, analyze the anatomy of a picturebook and the importance of each element that constitutes it.

Flavia will give you the key aspects to consider as you define the best idea for your book. Write your story’s synopsis and develop your main character through illustration, giving life to the world he or she inhabits. Then, she will go through the difference between “showing and telling”, teaching you some techniques to achieve this, how to narrate through the interaction of texts and images.

Next, you’ll develop your storyboard, discover how to diagram with the typography of your book, and get advice on how to begin and end your story. For the final illustrations, Flavia will discuss the use of color and will show you her illustration process, where she combines traditional techniques (such as pencils, watercolor or crayons) and digital ones, with Photoshop. You will see how to build and color your book cover, and learn how to build your model or dummy book.

Lastly, you will get tips on how to overcome a creative block and how to send your proposal to editorials, competitions, and illustration agencies.

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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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

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

    The ingredients to count

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

    The storyboard

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

    The model step by step

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

    Final project

    • Creating a picturebook from start to finish

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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 (704)
  • 12067 students