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Surrealistic Fineliner Illustration

A course by Redmer Hoekstra
Illustrator. Elst, Netherlands.
Joined June 2020
, Illustrator

Discover a new fantastic reality and learn how to create unpredictable drawings with an artisanal approach

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  • 99% positive reviews (653)
  • 12616 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Discover a new fantastic reality and learn how to create unpredictable drawings with an artisanal approach

  • 99% positive reviews (653)
  • 12616 students
  • 15 lessons (1h 58m)
  • 20 additional resources (9 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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A fish smoking a pipe, a leopard violin, a flying teapot, a banana canoe…they may seem like combinations of random words, but they’re actually the concept behind some of Redmer Hoekstra’s surreal illustrations. The Dutch artist’s method involves associating seemingly distant concepts to create works that defy your expectations and bring a smile to your face.

In this course, learn the techniques Redmer uses for drawing with fineliners, paying attention to the aspects that make a drawing lifelike. Discover a series of associative thinking exercises that will help you design and create a surreal drawing.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation
  • U3
    U3. Growth Season Has Started
  • U4
    U4. Post-production
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start the course by getting to know Redmer, how he became an artist, his influences, and what he most enjoys about their work. Get an overview of the course’s content before continuing onto the preparation of your final project.

Learn different techniques to start familiarizing yourself with fineliners. Redmer teaches you some basics about working with light, shadows, and structures that will be helpful in the creation of your final drawing. Then, get some tips on how you can correct minor mistakes.

Learn Redmer’s unique process for coming up with ideas and explore his creative methods for creating a surreal drawing from beginning to end. Create your drawing in pencil before using fineliners to add the finishing touches.

After your piece is finished, Redmer will show you the best ways to present it. Learn how to digitize your work to share on social media and how to frame it so it stays protected from the elements.

What is this course's project?

Create a surrealistic fineliner drawing combining an animal with an object.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in drawing who would like to learn more and improve their existing skills.

Requirements and materials

Some drawing experience is necessary to take this course.

As for materials, you need a Staedtler pigment liner (0.1. and 0.3), a mechanical pencil (0.5), an eraser, and some reference material like books, magazines, or even online resources.


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Redmer Hoekstra

A course by Redmer Hoekstra

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Redmer Hoekstra graduated from the Art Academy in Zwolle (Netherlands) as a visual artist and illustrator in 2009. His work plays with form, meaning, and function, giving birth to strange, surprising, and funny illustrations that question our view of the world.

He works with fineliners, creating light and volume through shading, which gives life to his drawings. The purpose of Redmer’s work is to make people smile and think about their world and reality.


  • U1


    • Introduction
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in This Course?
  • U2


    • Materials and Tips
    • Hatching
    • Light and Dark
    • Drawing Textures
    • When Ctrl+Z Is Not An Option
  • U3

    Growth Season Has Started

    • Planting the Seeds
    • Weeding and Watering
    • Giving All Your Attention to the Right Plant
    • Bloom and Pollinate
    • Watching It Bear Fruit to Harvest
  • U4


    • Leaving the Nest
    • Hiding and Flying
  • FP

    Final project

    • Surrealistic Fineliner Drawing Techniques

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Surrealistic Fineliner Illustration. Illustration course by Redmer Hoekstra Best seller

Surrealistic Fineliner Illustration

A course by Redmer Hoekstra
Illustrator. Elst, Netherlands.
Joined June 2020
  • 99% positive reviews (653)
  • 12616 students