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Sketchbook Creation: Find Your Own Language

A course by Santiago Guevara
Illustrator. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined May 2012
, Illustrator

Experiment and explore the possibilities of drawing something new every day

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% Positive reviews (388)
  • 10047 students
Sketchbook Creation: Find Your Own Language

Experiment and explore the possibilities of drawing something new every day

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% Positive reviews (388)
  • 10047 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 12 Lessons (1h 25m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

Sketchbooks have played a key role in human history and countless artist’s works, from the renaissance until today. Artist and illustrator, Santiago Guevara, has already filled several with sketches and drawings, and in this course, he will help you to find your own visual language, resulting in your very first artist's book.

With Santiago, you will learn all about the tools, materials, strategies, and techniques to develop a new and original illustration project.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The shape
  • U3
    U3. The technique follows the function
  • U4
    U4. Thematic
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Get to know Santiago, learn about his professional experience as an illustrator in different editorial projects and go over a detailed list of his main sources of inspiration.

In the second unit, learn the formal characteristics of a sketchbook: format, binding, type of paper and cover. After that, see how to choose the right sketchbook according to your needs.

Right away, Santiago will teach you the techniques he uses the most, the reason for each one, and how to apply them. Also, you will understand the importance of experimenting with tools, techniques, and how to embrace mistakes.

Then, you will review all the theme possibilities and analyze several existing examples to start drawing in your sketchbooks. You will create a small collection of notebooks, and discover how to identify genres or recurrent themes, as well as introduce yourself to concepts that you can apply to your projects, such as mashup or the crossover sketchbook.

What is this course's project?

An artist’s book that combines the explored visual languages from your different sketchbooks. These notebooks will include work that results from the exercises proposed in the course.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Illustration students, beginners, and any other person that has a passion for drawing and the urge to keep a daily sketchbook.

What you need

Previous knowledge is not necessary to do this course.

As for the materials, you will need notebooks of different sizes with different kinds of paper and binding. Also, pencils, charcoal, stylograph, oil pastels, hard pastels, colored pencils, and markers are needed.


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Santiago Guevara

A course by Santiago Guevara


Santiago Guevara graduated as a graphic designer from the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá (Colombia). He has combined his work as a freelance illustrator—mainly for illustrated children's books—and his job as a teacher in the Faculty of Arts of the Universidad Javeriana (Colombia) for many years.

He has worked with magazines, newspapers, editorials and many clients worldwide. He has also published many books in collaboration with different writers and editors, including Corazón de león by Antonio Ungar, Los irlandeses by Jairo Buitrago, La gata sola by Carolina Sanín, Soy asesino y padre de familia by Fabio Rubiano and Los 16 motivos del lobo by Amalia Moreno.


  • U1


    • Presentation Who am I?
    • My influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    The shape

    • Format
    • Kind of paper
    • Hybrid formats
  • U3

    The technique follows the function

    • Think technique
    • Pass by looking. Field drawing
    • To experience. Let yourself be surprised
  • U4


    • There are themes that persecute us
    • Gender dissection
    • Mashup
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Drawing books: find your own language

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Sketchbook Creation: Find Your Own Language. A Illustration course by Santiago Guevara Best Seller

Sketchbook Creation: Find Your Own Language

A course by Santiago Guevara
Illustrator. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined May 2012
  • 96% Positive reviews (388)
  • 10047 students