The Art of Sketching: Transform Your Doodles into Art

A course by Mattias Adolfsson
Illustrator. Sigtuna, Sweden.
On Domestika since 12/13/2019
, Illustrator

Use your sketchbook to find your own drawing style and share it with others

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The Art of Sketching: Transform Your Doodles into Art

Use your sketchbook to find your own drawing style and share it with others

  • 99% Positive reviews (475)
  • 15012 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 16 Lessons (2h 31m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
  • Unlimited access forever

Finding your own creative drawing style is a process that can only be achieved through practice. When sketching becomes a constant habit, creativity unfolds naturally, opening up a multitude of possibilities that can be used in final illustrations.

Keeping a sketchbook has played an important role in Mattias’ creative process throughout his career as an illustrator. His long list of clients includes magazines like The New Yorker, The Hollywood Reporter, and New York Times, along with animation studios such as Nickelodeon, Dreamworks, and Disney.

In this course, Mattias Adolfsson shows you the process of transforming your doodles into art. He goes through the initial steps to start sketching and liberate the hand, to learn new creative methods starting with real objects, and to develop your imagination.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Materials as models
  • U3
    U3. You are a real character
  • U4
    U4. Perspective
  • U5
    U5. Putting your art out there
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by getting to know Mattias Adolfsson, how he transitioned from graphic design in 3D animation for the computer games industry, to becoming a freelance illustrator, by sharing his work on social media. Discover the many types of media Mattias has illustrated for; from large ad campaigns to editorial illustrations, product design, record sleeves, and much more.

Next, you’ll open up your sketchbook, write the date, sign it, and embark on your sketching journey with Mattias. He outlines the benefits of starting off with a pencil or his personal favorite: the fountain pen, going through other materials that you may want to use in this course. You will start sketching the drawing material that you have selected for this course as your models.

Then, turn your objects into characters, by using your imagination and elaborating different figures, using other materials such as fruit or vegetables to practice. Define how you create faces and illustrate emotions, by drawing self-portraits with the use of a mirror or your smartphone.

Discover how to morph your characters into animal-like creatures and more, by adding a series of details into your drawings. Mix emotion and movement in your illustrations by observing how they interact with each other, playing with a series of combinations.

Delve deeper into perspective, as you learn to map out a single-point perspective, by drawing your room to practice. Learn isometric perspective, to give more volume to your illustrations, by drawing a cityscape while you explore this technique and add color to finish. Lastly, Mattias will show you how to share your art on social media and take part in the artistic community.

What is this course's project?

You will finish this course with a sketchbook filled with inspirational exercises and a final piece that will incorporate all that you have learned along the way.

The project for this course will be ongoing, as the main purpose of this course is to fill a sketchbook with doodles, ideas, and experiments to sharpen your creative process and solidify the habit of drawing.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

From novice to experienced illustrators, and all those in search of developing their creative drawing process. This course is for anyone who wants to improve their illustration technique through the consistent use of a sketchbook.

What you need

No previous drawing experience is required, you will only need the desire to experiment with pencil and paper.

You will need a sketchbook, a pencil or ink pen, an eraser, a ruler and watercolors or markers.


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Mattias Adolfsson

A course by Mattias Adolfsson


Mattias Adolfsson has been working as a freelance illustrator for 11 years. After having worked as a graphic designer for the computer games industry, he started sharing his work on social media, where he began his successful career in illustration.

His long list of clients includes Nickelodeon, Disney, Dreamworks, Cartoon Network, Warner Brothers, along with other important animation studios. He has illustrated for magazines such as The New Yorker, The Hollywood Reporter, and the New York Times.

Mattias has done a variety of illustration work in areas like product design, for baby clothes brand Atelier Choux Paris, record sleeves, as well as an art commission for the largest hospital in Sweden.


  • U1


    • Introduction
    • Influences
    • What we will do on the course
  • U2

    Materials as models

    • Materials
    • Your materials as models
    • Freehand material
  • U3

    You are a real character

    • Objects into characters
    • Faces and emotions
    • Body moving
  • U4


    • Basic perspective
    • Isometric Perspective 1
    • Isometric Perspective 2
    • Using isometric to draw a technical object
  • U5

    Putting your art out there

    • Adding colour
    • Social networks
    • Taking part in the artistic community
  • FP

    Final project

    • The Art of Sketching: Transform Your Doodles into Art

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The Art of Sketching: Transform Your Doodles into Art. A Illustration course by Mattias Adolfsson Best Seller

The Art of Sketching: Transform Your Doodles into Art

A course by Mattias Adolfsson
Illustrator. Sigtuna, Sweden.
On Domestika since 12/13/2019
  • 99% Positive reviews (475)
  • 15014 students