Illustration Gym: Find Your Style

A course by Santiago Solís Montes de Oca
Illustrator and designer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined April 2016
, Illustrator and designer

Explore different illustration paths, learn new techniques and exercise your imagination

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% Positive reviews (180)
  • 4019 students
 Illustration Gym: Find Your Style

Explore different illustration paths, learn new techniques and exercise your imagination

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% Positive reviews (180)
  • 4019 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 14 Lessons (2h 6m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

How can one develop their own style of illustration? All the cartoonists and illustrators have asked themselves this question, and perhaps it is one of the biggest challenges they have as artists. In this course, you'll explore different ways to find your style, through techniques, exercises, and a lot of imagination.

The illustrator, designer, and director of the studio Mano de Papel, Santiago Solís, will be your teacher and the one testing how you see reality in order to transform it.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The line and the heating
  • U3
    U3. The portrait: an isolated exercise
  • U4
    U4. The animals: taking shape
  • U5
    U5. The complete routine
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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The first thing you’ll do is getting to know Santiago, where he comes from, how he delved into illustrating in a self-taught way, his professional collaborations, and some of his main influences.

You'll analyze the work of some line artists to understand their styles, because if words are the basic unit of language, in drawing the line is the essence. Next, you'll review the different drawing tools you can work with and the different line thicknesses they offer, among other details.

In the next unit you'll concentrate on the illustrated portrait, you'll see everything you need to take into account to be more precise and begin familiarizing yourself with the composition. Then, based on the portraits made, you'll draw others by altering something on the face: eyes, eyebrows, or face angles. You'll choose one of these alterations and repeat it in new portraits. This will help you better understand your drawing based on redrawing and reconfiguring it.

Next, you'll work with animals as an exercise to locate peculiar shapes outside your usual environment. You'll learn how to define a limited color palette, and you'll analyze the perfect simplicity of the Picasso Bull. Then, you'll draw a group of animals starting from the same shape, as a common denominator.

Lastly, you'll apply everything learned in a final exercise, by combining each of the exercises and techniques learned. In addition, Santiago will teach you how to catalog all your exercises in a portfolio or file, which you can always return to and find endless resources.

What is this course's project?

You'll reinterpret a real image through a new style that you'll develop in the course.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Drawing beginners and experts who seek inspiration to enhance their projects.

What you need

You don't need previous drawing knowledge since Santiago will teach you how to draw from scratch.

Regarding materials, you’ll need white sheets, pencils (2H and regular), Tortoise and Graphgear pens, conventional colored pencils, Molotow Chisel 0.1, 0.3, 0.7 disposable styli, a refillable brush, and markers.


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Santiago Solís Montes de Oca

Illustrator and designer

Born in Mexico City and raised in Durango (Mexico), Santiago Solís Montes de Oca is a designer, self-taught illustrator, and art director. His work has been exhibited in Europe, South America, United Arab Emirates, and Mexico. He has a particular interest in making and designing posters, books, projects, and collaborations with professionals from other disciplines where the sum of efforts is the main value.

He’s currently the director of the design studio Mano de Papel, the coordinator of CASA Illustración Narrativa, and an associate editor at Malpaís Ediciones y Libros de Mano (working on the Los Indelebles collection in collaboration with Oink Ediciones).


  • U1


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

    The line and the heating

    • A stroll along the line
    • The gym equipment
  • U3

    The portrait: an isolated exercise

    • Limits
    • The references
    • Blur and repeat
  • U4

    The animals: taking shape

    • Expanding boundaries with borders
    • Bull body
    • Simple is complex
  • U5

    The complete routine

    • Las acciones
    • Las combinaciones
    • The file
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Illustration gym: find your style

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 Illustration Gym: Find Your Style. A Illustration course by Santiago Solís Montes de Oca

Illustration Gym: Find Your Style

A course by Santiago Solís Montes de Oca
Illustrator and designer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined April 2016
  • 96% Positive reviews (180)
  • 4019 students