ONLINE! Basics of Illustration Camp for Teens

Summer Workshop

Workshop Details

AGES: 12 – 18. Beginners Welcome. MTM Student-led course.

Interested in how to compose and execute a stunning and complex illustration? This workshop may be the ideal choice as it will focus on how to develop essential ideas about characters, settings and, more importantly, storytelling within a singular illustration. The goal of this camp is to give an introductory level understanding of the tools needed to create a complex illustration. There will be a focus on the fundamentals of drawing all the way to producing a full detailed illustration which will provide students of this workshop with a taste of what goes into being an art student and the skills they should develop on their way to becoming professional artists.


Topics that will be covered:
● Basic notions of perspective and structure
● Manipulation of basic shapes in space
● How to infuse life in a character with gesture
● How to use structure to create a character
● How to move a character in space
● How to compose an illustration
● Developing a setting for storytelling
● Designing your character
● Penciling
● Last Details


10 Manuela Otero Duque

This workshop requires Internet Access and will take place via Google Meetings / Hangouts. Students are encouraged to work traditionally though exceptions can be made. Sessions will be recorded and shared with students.

  • Bond paper / Printer paper
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Graphite pencil (2B or HB preferred)
  • Camera or Scanner to share work

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About the Instructor

MANUELA OTERO DUQUE is a 3rd year Illustration and Storytelling for Sequential Arts Student here at Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art and Design. Manuela has previously worked as an art instructor online and in person since 2016. She has been working at fostering student’s curiosity by creating and adapting lessons plans according to student needs, keeping a positive atmosphere around the subjects she has taught, and engaging and interacting with students to ensure they are getting the most out of their time together. More of Manuela’s work can be viewed on her Instagram page.

Work Examples