7th of January – 28th of March 2019


Illustrations left and middle: Sara Vera. Right: Isabel Garmon

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DATE: 7th January - 28th March 2019
TIME: Monday to Thursday, 19:30 to 21:30h FULL!


3 months, 96 hours

› Fluent understanding of English
› You must be at least 18 years old
› Please make sure that the  level is suitable to your background and skills!

Three monthly instalments of 395€
(Complete curse fee: 1185€)
Includes all material used in class.

After completion of this course students will receive a certificate of participation from ESDIP Escuela de Arte.


This study programme covers the fields of traditional painting and drawing.

The aim of this course is to learn and develop the basic skills of drawing and painting. Students will learn how to take real-life objects or imaginary images and put them onto paper, how to develop the techniques necessary to create illustrations and paintings. The students will also learn how to develop their abilities to interpret their own ideas visually.

The students will be educated in a variety of techniques, including traditional drawing, figure drawing, painting and comic-art
For this course no prior knowledge is needed!

In this course, you will develop an understanding of the basic visual language of illustration, exploring drawing, composition, framing, and colour theory. You will learn the basic principles of human figure drawing while working from a live model. You'll be introduced to watercolour, coloured pencil, markers, ink and mixed media. Sketchbooks are an important tool here for developing your creative thinking, visual research and idea development.
After this you will further develop your practical skills, extending your understanding of illustration and will begin to define your own style. You’ll get a deeper insight into human anatomy, will learn how work with light and shadow, recognise different levels of tone, and replicate them in both monotone and colour. You'll learn colour techniques used by professional illustrators to create elaborate images.

(Full program breakdown below)



At ESDIP's headquarters in Berlin (which doubles as a coworking space and an art school), students will have the opportunity to work in an engaging location, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere surrounded by professional creatives and start-ups.

Students will also have the chance to attend any creative events happening within the duration of the course.

Course content:
› Figure Drawing
› Portrait
› Shading
› Perspective
› Movement and gesture
› Character design
› Comic
› Painting techniques
› Watercolor, ink, pen

Illustrations from left to right: Raquel García, Sara Vera, Isabel Garmon


Please read the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy before registration.

Please note that the class has a limited number of places, that will therefore be assigned on a first come – first enrolled basis!

Direct Debit: When you register on the course you will be redirected to gocardless.com to enter your bank account details. 
Payment must be done in three monthly installments of €395: First installment must be paid upon registration. The following payments must be done at the beginning of each month once the course has started.

Please notice that payment settlement is a condition to admission into class and booking cannot be confirmed until full payment has been received.



Image: Halil Mete



The main focus of the first few lessons will be on the basic skills needed to draw from a live model. Learn to translate what you see, and the tools and techniques necessary to do so. Everyone needs to know these skills as they form the base for your future artistic path. The main focus will be on proportions, measurements, body axes, composition, dimension, light & dark and we will even be doing some 'blind drawing', to help advance your way of 'seeing'.


Bones and meat. The full body scan with Mr. Skeleton.
We will work from models of various body-types. You will learn in a playful way why our joints are connected in a specific manner, and why the creation of mankind is so unique. 


We will examine the individual body parts and work through them, so that you get a feel for the detail. Hands are by far the most complicated part of the body and therefore the most challenging (and fun!) to draw. We will be focusing on the construction of our parts and their movement. By knowing the movement of the body parts, you will come to understand their form better and it will help the way you approach your life drawing.


In this class, we examine the portrait in detail. The overall features of the skull, the positioning of the facial features, and how to draw facial expressions.
We will learn how to create a drawing of a face from scratch, and why it is important to smile and not to use botox! Our facial expression shows us so much more than the singular features. 
In a portrait drawing, all these elements; eyes, nose, cheeks, chin and lips; are connected. The face is the first impression we get when we see someone - but after this class, you will never look at a face the same way again.



Short and longer poses. 
The focus here will be on translating what you see, not what you think you see. Here is where we will be implementing the basic skills that we learned in the first week. We will delve deeper into working with light and shadow, how to recognize different levels of tone, and replicate those tones through the application of different materials, including pencil, charcoal and conte crayon. We will further advance our drawing techniques and examine how to position the model, the angle of the light and where to position yourself. The focus will be on using all the tools you have gathered in the prior lessons to create your own unique drawing style and language.


'Watercolour is my personal favourite technique, because it works so beautifully by itself, and can be mixed with several mediums. At this point, the students will learn and have the experience of playing with and mixing the watercolour, embracing the “happy accidents” and experiment with mixing with pencils, markers and other materials in order to develop their own style.'
- Sara Vera Lecaro (teacher)

You will learn:
› Materials and tools
› Get to know the medium
› Color theory in watercolor
› 7 Basic Watercolor Techniques
› Backgrounds and Textures
› Transferring images
› Composition and still life
› Animals
› Figure and portrait
› Personal Work

Mixed media
› Watercolor and pencils, colored pencils, markers, etc.
› Portrait Fashion Illustration
› Personal Composition
› Final Work

 Image: Halil Mete


Comic Drawing is an artistic medium that tells a story by combining images and words. In this module, you will learn how to create a comic strip from scratch. Creating such a narrative is a step-by-step process, essentially comprised of writing the script, creating the concept art and sketching and inking the pages. In this module, students will experience this entire process from start to finish, just like a professional comic artist would. 

Students will learn at a beginner level to make their own comic-stories. To do that, we must acquire the basic skills that every comic artist should possess. Some of these include: 

- perspective
- dynamic anatomy drawing  
- imaginary drawing
- layout preparation
- inking
- basic script reading & writing
- character design
- preparing comic pages for print

By the end of this module you will be ready to create your own comic strips from beginning to end!


The program content given is indicative; the course material is subject to change throughout the duration of the course. 
ESDIP reserves the right to make changes as appropriate for aptitude reasons or due to unforeseen circumstances.