Magical Realism for Children’s Illustration

A course by Juanita Londoño Gaviria
Children’s Book and Editorial Illustrator. Medellín, Colombia.
Joined October 2019
, Children’s Book and Editorial Illustrator

Learn how to illustrate a magical scene for a children’s book by exploring colors and textures with Procreate or Photoshop

  • 100% Positive reviews (14)
  • 400 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
Magical Realism for Children’s Illustration

Learn how to illustrate a magical scene for a children’s book by exploring colors and textures with Procreate or Photoshop

  • 100% Positive reviews (14)
  • 400 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 19 Lessons (4h 7m)
  • Available from the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

The magic which lays in the pages of a storybook has the power to captivate young readers. Children’s book illustrator Juanita Londoño has been using elements of magical realism in her work to inspire young curious minds. In this course, she teaches you how to create magical illustrations for kids from scratch using both analogue and digital tools.

Combine your passion for magic and storytelling to create a children’s book illustration that catches the reader’s eye. Explore the enchanting style of magical realism in illustration, and create a memorable composition that could live in a storybook.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Get All The Ingredients
  • U3
    U3. Make Magic
  • U4
    U4. Share It
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start by getting to know Juanita and hear about her professional background as an illustrator. She shares some of her projects and books, and talks about the artists that have influenced her along the way.

Explore the elements of magical realism and discover how other artists have incorporated them into their work. Gather the main ideas for your illustrations by doing some brainstorming and mind maps, and use them as inspiration for a mood board. Then, see the digital tools Juanita uses to create her illustrations.

Let your imagination guide you through the initial sketch on paper before digitizing it on your editing software. Learn to add dimension to your illustration as Juanita takes you through techniques of value and tone. Get creative with your color palette and choose the colors that convey the mood of your illustration. Then add the finishing touches to your composition by working on detail, light and shadow, which add magic to your illustration.

Explore your options for sharing your work to give it more visibility. Juanita covers the best practices when sharing it on social media and online portfolios, but also goes through ideas like applying for contests or sending it to agencies or editorials to get new clients and illustration projects. You can even take your illustration a step further and create your own children’s book to continue your magical story.

What is this course's project?

Create an illustration based on magical realism for a children’s book using the editing software of your choice.

Who is it for?

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to learn magical realism illustration or anyone interested in creating a children’s book.

What you need

Basic drawing skills and some experience using Photoshop or Procreate is required.

To take this course, you need a journal, a drawing pad or paper, a pencil, an eraser, and a computer or tablet with Photoshop or Procreate, but most importantly, the desire to create magic.


400 Students
14 Reviews
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Juanita Londoño Gaviria

Children’s Book and Editorial Illustrator

Juanita is a children’s book, editorial and commercial illustrator from Medellín, Colombia. She began her academic career studying fashion design at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, but after realizing her passion was in illustration, she went on to study animation concept art at the Vancouver Film School. The heart of her work is centered on children’s books, which have inspired her creativity since she was a young girl.

Her work has been recognized internationally, and she has worked with clients such as Target, American Greetings, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Quarto, and Maaji. She is currently represented by Advocate Art Agency, which has allowed her to take part in a variety of unique projects like illustrating the children’s books Health Heroes and The King and the Pearl.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Get All The Ingredients

    • Magical Realism
    • The Story
    • Digital Tools
  • U3

    Make Magic

    • Thumbnailing 1
    • Thumbnailing 2
    • Sketch 1
    • Sketch 2
    • Value and Tone 1
    • Value and Tone 2
    • Color Draft 1
    • Color Draft 2
    • From Big Areas to Small Details 1
    • From Big Areas to Small Details 2
    • From Big Areas to Small Details 3
    • Light and Shadow
  • U4

    Share It

    • Sharing Your Work
    • Making a Children’s Book
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Magical Realism for Children’s Illustration

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Magical Realism for Children’s Illustration. A Illustration course by Juanita Londoño Gaviria

Magical Realism for Children’s Illustration

A course by Juanita Londoño Gaviria
Children’s Book and Editorial Illustrator. Medellín, Colombia.
Joined October 2019
  • 100% Positive reviews (14)
  • 400 students