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Sketchbook Exercises for Artistic Growth

A course by Sarah van Dongen , Illustrator

Illustrator. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Joined March 2020

Discover tools and techniques for developing your creative skills, overcoming creative blocks, and unlocking your imagination in the pages of your sketchbook

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  • 97% positive reviews (359)
  • 20528 students
  • Audio: English, Turkish
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Discover tools and techniques for developing your creative skills, overcoming creative blocks, and unlocking your imagination in the pages of your sketchbook

A course by Sarah van Dongen

A sketchbook is an essential tool for any artist. It's a safe space where you can enhance your skills, develop your style, try new materials, and explore different techniques. Illustrator Sarah Van Dongen uses hers to make characterful artwork inspired by the world around her. She has collaborated with clients like Flow Magazine and Adobe, and created her own picture book.

In this online course, Sarah teaches you different exercises for developing the most important artistic skills, overcoming creative blocks, and unlocking your imagination. Learn how to fill a sketchbook with experimental drawings using different materials and reference images, designed to help you improve as a creative. Learn, play, and explore through sketchbooking.

Want to take your sketchbook practice further? Check out Sarah’s other illustration courses.

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What will you learn in this online course?

16 lessons & 17 downloads

The Sketchbook
9 minutes, 7 seconds
Art Materials
3 minutes, 56 seconds
Drawing and Observation 1
17 minutes, 53 seconds
Drawing and Observation 2
18 minutes, 55 seconds
Drawing and Observation 3
15 minutes, 57 seconds
  • 97% positive reviews (359)
  • 20528 students
  • 16 lessons (3h 1m)
  • 17 additional resources (5 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English, Turkish
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Fill a sketchbook with vibrant illustrations using a variety of materials and techniques.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone who wants to use sketchbooking as a tool to improve their artistic abilities.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is required.

In terms of materials, you will need gouache, graphite pencils, oil pastels, acrylic markers, and other materials specified by the teacher in the course.


Reviews

20528 Students
359 Reviews
97% Positive ratings

Sarah van Dongen

A course by Sarah van Dongen

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Illustrator

Sarah van Dongen is a Dutch illustrator based in Amsterdam who is passionate about telling stories. She began her studies in comparative literature but enrolled in the MA in Children’s Books Illustration in Cambridge, UK after realizing she wanted to pursue a more creative career.

Sarah’s illustration work can be found in children’s books, stationery, newspapers, and magazines across the globe. Her clients include Flow Magazine, Adobe, Tiny Owl Publishing, and Ragged Bears Publishing, among others. Sarah enjoys exploring themes like gardens, food, social interactions, mental health, and her childhood. She doesn’t shy away from subjects like insecurity, loneliness, and loss, she expresses them in her sketches to help make these feelings more comprehensible.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    The Sketchbook, Materials, and Style

    • The Sketchbook
    • Art Materials
    • Introduction to Illustration and Artistic Skills
  • U3

    Let's Fill That Sketchbook

    • Drawing and Observation 1
    • Drawing and Observation 2
    • Drawing and Observation 3
    • Inspiration, Research, and Copying 1
    • Inspiration, Research, and Copying 2
    • Experimentation and Playing 1
    • Experimentation and Playing 2
    • Association and Imagination 1
    • Association and Imagination 2
  • U4

    Continuing Drawing

    • Making a Final Piece
    • Keep Using Your Sketchbooks
  • FP

    Final project

    • Sketchbook Exercises for Artistic Growth

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  • Learn at your own pace

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  • Learn from the best professionals

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

  • Meet expert teachers

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

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  • 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 about creativity as you are.

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific 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 teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

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The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Sketchbook Exercises for Artistic Growth. Illustration course by Sarah van Dongen Best seller

Sketchbook Exercises for Artistic Growth

A course by Sarah van Dongen
Illustrator. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Joined March 2020
  • 97% positive reviews (359)
  • 20528 students