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Inside a Creative Notebook: Explore Your Illustration Process

A course by Karishma Chugani
Artist, Illustrator, and Educator. Madrid, Spain.
Joined August 2011
, Artist, Illustrator, and Educator

Unlock your creativity with illustration techniques to record and develop your creative process for artistic projects

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  • 99% Positive reviews (345)
  • 7477 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Unlock your creativity with illustration techniques to record and develop your creative process for artistic projects

  • 99% Positive reviews (345)
  • 7477 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 18 lessons (4h 19m)
  • Available from the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

A sketchbook is a fundamental tool in any creative process. It provides a free space for experimenting, playing, and most importantly, making mistakes.

In this course, artist Karishma Chugani walks you through her creative process for developing an entire visual project inside a sketchbook. By capturing inspiration and ideas in a single place, learn to overcome creative blocks by exploring experimental techniques in drawing, stamping, and paper cutting.

If you’d like to build on your creative idea by crafting your own storybook, be sure to check out Karishma’s first Domestika course: Paper Cutting Techniques for Storytelling.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Collecting Materials
  • U3
    U3. Facing the Blank Page
  • U4
    U4. State of Play
  • U5
    U5. Tips and Tricks to Unlocking Your Creativity
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start your course by meeting Karishma Chugani, an artist, educator, illustrator, and fashion designer. Discover her influences, where she finds inspiration, and her work as a professional creative.

Prepare your creative toolkit with supplies and take account of the resources that you have on hand. Karishma shows you some of her own sketchbooks and guides you through how to choose one based on your style. Dive into the process behind creative sketchbooking, begin research, and collect items for your final project.

Begin working inside your sketchbook with some simple warm-up exercises. Create a name for your project, choose a color palette, and learn how to compose elements on a page visually. As you progress, observe how your visual language evolves and learn to interpret your work to find patterns.

Discover methods for unblocking your creativity and learn to create intriguing images quickly using simple materials. Explore paper cutting, stamping, textile, and drawing as techniques. Finally, explore outlets for your work and listen to some ideas for the next steps on your creative journey.

What is this course's project?

Create 8 double-page spreads in an experimental sketchbook, using illustration techniques to define your own visual language.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is for anyone looking to expand their creativity, from students to creative professionals.

What you need

To take this course, you should have a desire to connect with your creativity. Previous drawing experience is recommended, but not necessary.

For your final project, you will need a sketchbook and the tools of your choice for drawing, writing, cutting, and coloring.


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Karishma Chugani

A course by Karishma Chugani

Artist, Illustrator, and Educator

Karishma Chugani is an artist, designer, writer, and illustrator from Morocco. She has a degree in Fashion Design with Printing from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, and a Masters in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths University in Design Futures.

Karishma has worked as a fashion designer, published several books, and participated in collective and solo exhibitions internationally. She also teaches creativity workshops to children, teachers, and illustrators at her mobile school L’École de Papier, as well as institutions like Institut Français Madrid & Casablanca, Casablanca American School, Colegio Santa Isabel Madrid, and Libreria Gil in Santander. Her clients include Jerraflore, Le Chocolat des Francais, Marketing Magazine France, Jamini Paris, and the toy shop Wonderland.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences: What Makes Me Tick?
  • U2

    Collecting Materials

    • What’s in Your Toolbox?
    • Under the Covers
    • Undercover: Collecting Research and Memorabilia
  • U3

    Facing the Blank Page

    • Name It
    • Playing with Colour
    • Composing the Page 1: Research (Part 1)
    • Composing the Page 1: Research (Part 2)
    • Composing the Page 2: Tampering the Research
  • U4

    State of Play

    • Paper Cutting Techniques 1
    • Paper Cutting Techniques 2
    • Stamping Techniques
    • Mixed Techniques with Textiles
    • Drawing 1
    • Drawing 2
  • U5

    Tips and Tricks to Unlocking Your Creativity

    • Looking at Your Work
    • What Now? Possibilities
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Inside a Creative Notebook: Explore Your Illustration Process

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule and an easy-to-follow method. You set your own timetable.

  • Learn from the best professionals

    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Meet expert instructors

    Each instructor teaches what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

  • Earn a certificate with every course

    Get a personalized certificate signed by your teacher for every course. Share it on your portfolio, social media, or wherever you like.

  • Get front row seats

    Videos of the highest quality, so you don't miss a single detail. With unlimited access, you can watch them as many times as you need to perfect your technique.

  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate as you about creativity.

  • Connect with a global creative community

    The community is home to millions of people from around the world who are curious and passionate about exploring and expressing their creativity.

  • Watch professionally produced courses

    Domestika curates its teacher roster and produces every course in-house to ensure a high-quality online learning experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need for completing a specific final project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the instructor and other users, thus creating a dynamic course community.

  • The course is 100% online, so once they are published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

  • The courses are divided into different units, each one includes lessons, informational texts, tasks and practice exercises to carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You will also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the instructor and other students, and share your work and your course project, thus creating a community around the course itself.

  • You can now redeem the course you received, just access redeeming page to enter your gift code and redeem it.

  • You'll get your personal certificate as soon as you complete the course. You can see all your certificates under the Certificates section in your profile. You can download your certificates in PDF and share the link online. Learn more about certificates

Inside a Creative Notebook: Explore Your Illustration Process. A Illustration course by Karishma Chugani Best Seller

Inside a Creative Notebook: Explore Your Illustration Process

A course by Karishma Chugani
Artist, Illustrator, and Educator. Madrid, Spain.
Joined August 2011
  • 99% Positive reviews (345)
  • 7477 students