Illustrated portraits with botanical elements

A course by Isadora Zeferino
Freelance illustrator. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Joined August 2019
, Freelance illustrator

Learn how to incorporate colors and nature's elements in your illustrations and create a stylized self-portrait

  • Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (332)
  • 5335 students
Illustrated portraits with botanical elements

Learn how to incorporate colors and nature's elements in your illustrations and create a stylized self-portrait

Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (332)
  • 5335 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Portuguese
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 Lessons (2h 45m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

Voted as one of the 100 best International illustrators by TASCHEN, Isadora Zeferino has the ability to transmit unique emotions through her drawings that combine flowers, colors and characters. The botanical elements, far from playing a secondary role in her work, form an essential part of her artistic language that you can find on social media, books and work for clients such as: Faber-Castell, Wacom, Globosat, Melissa, and more.

In this course, she will teach you how to illustrate a portrait step by step, incorporating nature elements and with the use of digital techniques. To achieve this result, you will discover all the stages of her creative process: searching for references, illustration techniques, going from the creation of the first sketches onto the final project, as well as the many ways to apply them.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. All we need to know
  • U3
    U3. Get to work
  • U4
    U4. And voilà
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Isadora begins by presenting herself and explaining how she began her professional career as an illustrator. She will share the work of artists that inspire her and will reveal how she finds the incentive to keep improving her creativity. You will also get an overview of what you will be working on during the course.

In the second unit, you will learn how to prepare the base for your work, search for references, materials, explore the meaning of colors and create your palette. You will see how to draw flowers and leaves, from the most simple elements to the more complex ones. Isadora will talk about building a visual library and the importance of weight and hierarchy in a composition.

Before starting the practical exercises, you will see the difference between a self-portrait and a stylized one. Then, you will start working on your own piece, by drawing the first sketches of the face, chest and entire body. Once you have selected your final option, you will learn how to add flowers that can work as either a border or accessory in your portrait. Lastly, you’ll apply color, light, and shadows, and give the final touches to your composition using Adobe Photoshop’s tools.

Finally, Isadora will show you how to save your file in different sizes and formats so that you image is adapted to different social media platforms. You will see how to apply your illustrations to different formats, for a banner or presentation letter, and how to merge it into your brand identity.

By the end of this course, you will have learnt to compose unique portraits, using botanical and floral illustrations, along with all the different ways to apply them.

What is this course's project?

You will draw a portrait using digital illustration techniques and learn how to include floral and botanical elements within your illustration.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

For illustrators, designers and for anyone interested in learning how to draw a portrait adorned with flowers and botanical elements.

What you need

Previous knowledge is not required to complete this course.

All you will need are pencils, pens, paper and create a digital illustration of your final piece if you wish. For this, it is recommended to have a graphics tablet and basic knowledge of a digital illustration software such as Adobe Photoshop or Procreate (if you want to use an iPad).


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Isadora Zeferino

A course by Isadora Zeferino

Freelance illustrator

Isadora Zeferino is an illustrator from Río de Janeiro, and is known on social media for her colorful and optimistic illustrations of fan art characters and other cultural content that she is passionate about.

She has worked in many areas, including animation, editorial, teaching, children’s books, advertising and more recently for comics. In her creative work, she enjoys being able to reinvent, while maintaining certain aspects in her work such as: abundance in her compositions, floral elements as well as working on projects to raise awareness on mental health issues and self-acceptance.

She has worked for clients such as Faber-Castell, Wacom, Globosat, Abril, Cia das Letras, Melissa and more. More recently, she was included in the book: The Illustrator, 100 best from around the world by TASCHEN. Isadora also participates in pop culture conventions (Comic Con) in Brazil, Mexico, Spain and the United States.


  • U1


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

    All we need to know

    • Search for references and materials
    • Color palette
    • Drawing flowers and leaves: details and stylization
    • Building your visual library
    • Composition: weight and hierarchy
  • U3

    Get to work

    • Realistic self-portrait vs. stylized self-portrait
    • Choosing the best option
    • Final drawing
    • Base color and shadows
    • Finishing touches
  • U4

    And voilà

    • Using a file for multiple media
    • Applications for the final project
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Illustrated portrait with botanical elements

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Illustrated portraits with botanical elements. A Illustration course by Isadora Zeferino

Illustrated portraits with botanical elements

A course by Isadora Zeferino
Freelance illustrator. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Joined August 2019
  • 99% Positive reviews (332)
  • 5335 students