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Claudia Melchor del Rio, Architect and Illustrator

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12 Lessons (1h 5m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. Material Overview

    • 4. Sketching

    • 5. Adding Quirky Elements

    • 6. Testing Material Combinations

    • 7. Choosing Your Color Palette

    • 8. Testing Your Color Pallette

    • 9. Applying Solid Colors

    • 10. Applying the Texture Layer

    • 11. Adding the Details and Shadows

    • 12. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Hello everyone! I am Claudia, an architect and illustrator from Spain! 

If you enjoy mixing and layering materials like gouache, markers, pencils and pens this class is for you!

I will teach you how to mix and match your favourite materials to create a personal and unique illustration of your childhood home. I will also show you my process for creating fun and vivid illustrations, from turning a photograph into a simplified sketch to layering different materials on top of each other to create depth and texture.

You will discover a way of using your surroundings as the basis for your visual diary to capture specific moments, memories and feelings.


I am excited to guide you through my illustration process and share some tips and tricks with you along the way.

This class includes some of the following lessons:

  • Translating your photograph into a simplified sketch 
  • Laying down solid/background colours using gouache and markers
  • Creating texture and movement by layering  markers, pencils and wax pastels
  • Adding details and patterns to create intricate backgrounds
  • Creating depth and shadows using coloured pencils 

Join me in this fun and insightful class! By the end, you will have the tools to start documenting your surroundings and with them the memories bound to them.

You will be able to express yourself using mixed media and I believe you will find new favourite techniques that you can implement in your daily life to create expressive illustrations that capture your point of view.

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