Illustration & Writing Workshop w/ Lorena Alvarez

Illustration & Writing Workshop w/ Lorena Alvarez

March 30, 2019

Mar 30, 12:00PM - 5:00PM

Before the opening reception of Lorena Alvarez' Hicotea Signing / Exhibition, be sure to sign up for Lorena's illustration workshop! 
In this five-hour class, Lorena will be doing a live demo, covering character design, storytelling, talking about her illustration process. Students will have a chance to paint along and work in groups.


  • Saturday March 30th (1pm - 6pm) 
  • $100 Admission Fee *includes FREE Hicotea book!
  • $90 for WIA Members *includes FREE Hicotea book!
  • Seats limited to 25 people only
  • Art supplies will be provided
  • No advanced drawing skills needed.
  • All sales are final.
1:00 - 1:30
INTRO: Monsters and Aliens: a collage
  • monsters in video games, comics and toys
  • visual and conceptual resources to create characters

1:30 - 3:30
SESSION 1 - 2 hours - individual activity: 

  • Create a monster from microorganisms, fungus, and other forms of life.
  • Each participant will receive cards with the image of a living organism and facts about it. 
  • These organisms don’t have a discernible face, so their qualities can be transformed in many ways.
  • discussion

3:30 - 6:00
SESSION 2 - 2 hours - group activity

  • From the results of session 1, participants will write and illustrate a short comic. 
  • If working in groups, they can combine the characters they previously created, they also can explore different relationships between them.
  • discussion

BOOK SIGNING / Opening Reception (FREE)


  • Watercolors - basic colors
  • Inks - in basic colors
  • Plastic eye dropper
  • Synthetic pointed (round) brushes
  • Sheets of watercolor paper. 9’’x 12’’ 
  • Palette / plate
  • Jars or glasses to clean the brushes and add clean water to the watercolors
  • Paper towels
  • Clean rag
  • Pencils, erasers, sharpeners, etc.
  • Sea salt and bleach to bring texture, watercolor pencils.


I'm a freelance illustrator and artist, based in Bogotá, Colombia. I like to work with color and experiment with diverse techniques, so I like to approach to each project in a unique way, trying to learn something new every day. I've made illustrations for children books, independent publications, advertising and fashion magazines. I work at my home studio, surrounded by music and my loved ones.

Recently I've been working in personal projects including character design, paintings, T- shirts and Toys. Also I'm proud to be part of La Procesin Puppet Club, an experimental puppetry group, I'm a shy person but being a puppeteer has been a great experience. I love to paint, take care of my dog and read comic books. Now I'm learning to play guitar, it is hard but it makes me happy.