A course by Yvan Duque

Textures, color and volume with gouache

Know the techniques, tricks and tools

Total rating: 5 (3)people
76 students
In EnglishEn Inglés
Subtitles: SpanishEn Español
100% online. Unlimited access. HD 1920x1080.
  • Video 1: 13'17"
  • Video 2: 28'01"
  • Video 3: 38'25"
  • Video 4: 29'29"
  • Video 5: 00'31"
  • Duración total: 1h 49'37"

Yvan Duque, an illustrator with extensive experience in the field of gouache technique and extensive experience in the field of children’s literature and illustrated albums, will teach you how to make a character from start to finish.

Brightness, texture, volumes, scene and soil; or the balanced combination of tones and values of our color palette, passing through the humidity and density suitable for gouache to the correct size of brushes, are some of the key elements to develop and objectives to learn in this course.

What does this course include?

You are going to learn how to use the sponge resource in a delicate and subtle way to obtain textures.

You are going to appreciate how we must correctly choose the colors that we are going to use and what is consequently the most appropriate values of our palette for the painting that we are going to make.

In this course, we will paid special attention to how to care for contour lines. Its cleaning is essential. We will spend time observing the drying point of our gouache and its ideal humidity in each phase.

You are going to learn how to create volume in our character’s face, and how to play with the green and blue values to combine them throughout our illustration, adding complementary colors from time to time to give contrast to the composition.

Yvan will show us how to add background color, so that we can define the silhouette of our character, illuminate the scene and contrast our “little tree” on stage. For this, we will learn what the proper density of gouache should be, in harmony with the amount of water we must use to achieve our goals.

Purpose of the courses

During this course, you will learn how to create textures and volumes by applying color to an illustration, using traditional paper gouache techniques. This process will take place from start to finish. For almost two hours of the course, you will be able to contemplate a continuous demonstration of Yvan Duque, as well as an explanation and breakdown of his entire process in simple steps that will allow you to apply these ideas after your own work.

Once the process is complete, you will be able to better understand your personal creative process.

Who these are for?

This course is aimed at artists or painters, hobbyists or professionals who want to learn techniques, resources and procedures to learn, improve or develop their talent in the area of traditional illustration.


Personal computer or tablet to view the videos. It is also possible to use a smartphone, although we recommend larger screen sizes that allow you to better appreciate the details. On the other hand, each one will be able to make use of the preferred pictorial material to carry out the practices, although we recommend canvas, oils or acrylics, brushes, spatulas, brushes, brush, etc. In short, all the materials recommended by Yvan Duque for the realization of the painting to work throughout the tutorial process.

The materials, we reiterate, are recommended. You can do the tutorial without all the materials or in formats other than those oriented in the videos.

The important thing is to practice, practice and re-practice the exercise proposed by the teacher.

Operation of BLURONE courses

All BLURONE courses are taught online and pursue the same objective: to achieve training without interruptions and that suits you.

Videos made by professionals who will explain their techniques and knowledge so that you, whenever you want, can learn and enhance all the skills and abilities you have to achieve the goal.

BLURONE courses can be seen again and again, at the time you want and in the place you choose. You are the one who marks the times and work.

About the artist

Yvan Duque

Yvan Duque

Artist and illustrator. France, 1990

He spent much of his childhood between French Polynesia and the island of Reunion with his traveling parents.

He studied illustration at the pivaut school in Nantes, where he met friends with whom he created the l'Encre Blanche collective. Together and with the help of crowdfunding they released their first Katarakt comics.

Following this, he released several children's albums and a series of Ultralazer children's adventure comics.

He has also worked regularly as a conceptual designer for animation films in companies such as Nickelodeon since 2015, in the publishing house specializing in children's literature, Thierry Magnier, as an illustrator since 2016 or in the comics specialty, Delcourt, also from that same year.

He is a master in the domain of the gouache technique. The central theme of his work is Nature, which he considers an infinite source of inspiration.