Make Your Picture Books
More Vibrant with Watercolors!

Learn From a Multi-Award Winning Author/Illustrator.

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What You’ll Learn

How to Draw Your Illustration
Illustrators, even those who paint, need a solid foundation in drawing. In this intensive, you'll learn how to use a non-photo blue pencil to make a rough sketch and work out your composition. Then you'll use an HB pencil to refine your sketch. Make a tighter drawing and figure out the details that make your illustration unique.

Once you're happy with your drawing, you're going to trace it onto tracing paper, tightening it even more. You're going to take every chance you have to make your drawing the best it can be before you ink it.

Transferring and Inking Your Drawing
You should have a “final” drawing on your tracing paper by the end of the first lesson. Jessixa will teach you three different methods for transferring your drawing onto watercolor paper. Then she'll show you how she chooses which parts to ink before she watercolors.

Watercolor Your Illustration
Last of all, you'll learn how to watercolor your illustration, adding vibrancy and detail with every stroke. Jessixa will teach you her favorite techniques for achieving texture. She'll also teach you how to remove mistakes.

You'll come away from this intensive with a better understanding of how painting can enhance your illustration. You'll know which tools you need and how to use them. Jessixa provides one of her own illustrations for practice and a handout with instructions to help guide you through each lesson.

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Learn how to turn a sketch into a beautiful watercolor illustration. Jessixa will walk you through the whole process. This intensive includes five handouts: a comprehensive materials list, a drawing that Jessixa provided for student usage, and a step-by-step guide for each of Jessixa's three lessons.


Jessixa Bagley graduated with a BFA in painting and printmaking from Cornish Cornish College of Arts. She has worked in comics, fine arts, and illustration, with her work appearing in publications like the following: Highlights, Nickelodeon Magazine, The Chicago Reader, The Stranger, and The Seattle Weekly. Working on picture books has been a lifelong goal for her.

Jessixa's picture books have all received a lot of positive attention. Her debut picture book, Boats for Papa, won many awards, including: a Fall 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection, the SCBWI 2016 Golden Kite Award for Best Picture Book Text, and the 2016 Washington State Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award. The following year, Laundry Day garnered a Junior Library Guild Selection for Fall 2016 and a 2018 Ezra Jack Keats Honor Award for Writing. She collaborated with her husband on Vincent Comes Home. And her next book, Henry and Bea, is coming on October 29, 2019! 

Alexandra Penfold at Upstart Crow Literary represents Jessixa's picture books, and Neal Porter edits them.

Jessixa Bagley


Published Books


Mini-class Details

In this 50-minute intensive, you'll learn how to sketch an illustration, make a tighter version of it, transfer the tighter version to watercolor paper, ink your pencil drawing, and paint your illustration with watercolors. Each of Jessixa's three lessons will have a step-by-step handout to help you implement her techniques. A replay of the live review will be available.

Lesson 1
Tools and Sketching

Learn how to turn a rough sketch into a finished drawing.

Lesson 2
Transferring and Inking

Jessixa demonstrates three techniques for transferring your sketch onto watercolor paper. Then she teaches you how to ink your illustration.

Lesson 3
Watercolor Your Illustration

Learn Jessixa's techniques for creating beautiful watercolor illustrations. She'll even teach you how to remove mistakes.



$ 20
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  • 3 Lessons
  • 5 Downloadable Handouts
  • Course Forum
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Frequently Asked Questions

If you want to paint great illustrations, you have to learn how to draw. Drawing is a foundational skill. Even if you don't end up drawing your illustrations, an understanding of drawing will make your illustrations better.

Digital illustration look different than illustrations that have been painted. That's why a lot of the best digital illustrators incorporated painted backgrounds and textures into their work. Learning how to paint will help you become a better digital artist.

You don't need Photoshop. None of this intensive is digital. You will need at minimum: regular paper, pencils (HB and 2B), a waterproof pen, tracing paper, watercolor paper, a brush, and watercolors. Jessixa shares her favorite supplies, but you can use whatever you have.

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