Sketchbook for Illustrators: Color & Texture Toolbox

A course by Rachel Katstaller , Illustrator

Illustrator. Innsbruck, Austria.
Joined December 2014

Enhance your creativity and expand your skillset by creating an illustration using a chosen color and texture scheme.

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  • 230 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Enhance your creativity and expand your skillset by creating an illustration using a chosen color and texture scheme.

A course by Rachel Katstaller

Discover the enchanting world of illustration with Rachel Katstaller. Renowned for her collaborations with esteemed clients like Patagonia and The Washington Post, as well as her own acclaimed children's books, Rachel brings a unique perspective to the art of storytelling through images. In this course, you'll embark on a creative journey to build a vibrant color and texture toolbox for your illustrations.

You'll delve into the intricacies of color theory, exploring unusual combinations and textures that breathe life into your illustrations. Rachel's intuitive approach to palette selection will empower you to create unique and engaging artworks that connect with viewers on a deep, emotional level. From basic color theory to exercises for discovering your preferred palette, this course offers a comprehensive exploration of the art of color in illustration.

By the course's conclusion, you'll have the skills to craft captivating illustrations that convey stories and emotions beyond words. Join Rachel Katstaller in this online course and elevate your illustration skills to new heights.

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What will you learn in this online course?

16 lessons & 23 downloads

  • 100% positive reviews (1)
  • 230 students
  • 16 lessons (2h 15m)
  • 23 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

You'll have the opportunity to create an A3-sized spread for a picture book based on a story of your own invention. This project will allow you to apply the color and texture techniques you've learned throughout the course, bringing your unique story to life through illustration.

Who is this online course for?

This course is perfect for aspiring and experienced illustrators alike. Whether you're looking to expand your artistic toolkit, explore the nuances of color and texture, or dive into the world of picture book illustration, Rachel Katstaller's guidance will inspire and empower your creative journey. No prior experience is necessary, making this course accessible to all who share a passion for illustration.

Requirements and materials

To embark on this creative adventure, you'll need a few essential materials: your preferred paper types and art supplies. Rachel will guide you through the selection process, ensuring you have everything you need to unlock your full artistic potential.


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Rachel Katstaller

A course by Rachel Katstaller

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Rachel Katstaller is a renowned illustrator known for her captivating storytelling through vibrant colors and intriguing textures. With an impressive portfolio that includes collaborations with prestigious clients such as Patagonia and The Washington Post, as well as successful children's books, Rachel's artistic journey is nothing short of inspiring. Her unique ability to convey narratives through illustrations has garnered acclaim and recognition, making her a celebrated figure in the world of visual storytelling.

Rachel's passion for the art of illustration is deeply rooted in her childhood, where storytelling was a cherished tradition. Her work is a fusion of diverse influences, from the vibrant colors of El Salvador to the muted sophistication of Central Europe, where she resides. Drawing inspiration from nature, architecture, and the everyday lives of people, Rachel's illustrations capture the magic in seemingly ordinary stories, connecting with viewers on a profound level. Her methodical approach to color and texture, combined with her intuitive palette selection, defines her distinct style, making her a true luminary in the realm of illustration.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Getting Acquainted with the Materials and Color

    • Sketchbooks and Paper
    • Media and Materials
    • Color Basics and Finding the Right Palette
  • U3

    Making Your Toolbox

    • First Approaches to Color and Texture
    • Transferring Color and Texture to What You See
    • Letting Your Imagination Flow through Color and Texture
  • U4

    Developing the Final Illustration

    • Sketches and Iterations
    • Choosing Colors from Your Toolbox
    • Creating a Sketch from the Thumbnail
    • Transferring the Sketch to the Final Artwork
    • Applying Color and Texture to the Final Artwork 1
    • Applying Color and Texture to the Final Artwork 2
  • U5

    Finalizing the Illustration

    • Digitizing the Artwork
    • Using Your Toolbox for Client Work
  • FP

    Final project

    • Illustration for Children's Books

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    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Sketchbook for Illustrators: Color & Texture Toolbox. Illustration course by Rachel Katstaller

Sketchbook for Illustrators: Color & Texture Toolbox

A course by Rachel Katstaller
Illustrator. Innsbruck, Austria.
Joined December 2014
  • 100% positive reviews (1)
  • 230 students