Minimalist Geometric Portrait

A course by Maria Picassó i Piquer
Illustrator and caricaturist. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined January 2012
, Illustrator and caricaturist

Learn to create vectorial illustrations, finding the essence and expressivity of each character

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (218)
  • 2546 students

Learn to create vectorial illustrations, finding the essence and expressivity of each character

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (218)
  • 2546 students
  • 13 lessons (1h 33m)
  • 12 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

The magic behind all portraiture is in capturing the personality of the person portrayed, exactly what María Picassó i Piquer, illustrator and caricaturist, manages to draw people with geometric and vector forms. His portraits of movie characters, music bands and historical figures have been internationally recognized.

In this course he will teach you how to illustrate vectorial portraits with geometric technique, achieving a similarity and a unique expression, step by step.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Presentation
  • U2
    U2. Capturing the essence
  • U3
    U3. Release the essence
  • U4
    U4. Last steps
  • FP
    FP Final project
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To begin, you will know the trajectory of Maria Picassó i Piquer and how she came to develop her style of vector geometric illustration.

You will know his main influences between caricature, illustration and design, and he will also recommend books that will help you capture and capture the resemblance of a person.

Next, you will learn to capture the essence of your subject through the secret of the caricature: observation; and also, the criteria to internalize your character through research and references. In the end, you will draw the first sketch in that search for capturing the portrayed in the simplest way.

At this point, you will learn to recognize other elements to create a more expressive portrait, beyond the features of the face.

You will elaborate a palette of colors and textures to pose the composition of the illustration and you will see how to make a basic composition of the face with geometric shapes.

María will guide you with the final touches of your illustrated portrait so that it has balance, coherence and impact.

At the end, in this course you will have learned to illustrate a vectorial portrait of your character, achieving maximizing the similarity and expressivity with the minimum expression.

What is this course's project?

You will make a geometric illustration of a music band.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

To illustrators, caricaturists and designers who want to create minimalist portraits with geometric shapes.

Requirements and materials

For this course, basic knowledge of vector drawing is necessary, as well as the use of a vector program such as Adobe Illustrator.

Regarding the materials, it is necessary to have a computer with Adobe Illustrator or similar more basic programs, and the materials to draw a sketch.


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Maria Picassó i Piquer

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Illustrator and caricaturist

Retired architect and full-time illustrator. His particular style of constructivist caricature is recognized internationally. He has participated as a speaker at European and American conferences. We can find his illustrations in a wide variety of media, from t-shirts of prog-rock bands to video games, to books. Currently, he carries out a great variety of private and public commissions in the magazine ICON of El País and in the Swiss Zwölf. He has collaborated with the newspaper Ara, El Diario and El Diario de las Américas, among others.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Capturing the essence

    • Learning to observe, what makes us unique?
    • Search for references and research
    • Sketches
  • U3

    Release the essence

    • Moodboard and artistic direction
    • Color palette
    • Work space
    • Construction of the portrait, geometry and gradients.
    • Textures
  • U4

    Last steps

    • Expanding in the collection
    • Finishing and finishing touches
    • Delivery
  • FP

    Final project

    • Creation of geometric and vector portraits

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Minimalist Geometric Portrait. Illustration course by Maria Picassó i Piquer

Minimalist Geometric Portrait

A course by Maria Picassó i Piquer
Illustrator and caricaturist. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined January 2012
  • 96% positive reviews (218)
  • 2546 students