The Art of Sketching: Transform Your Doodles into Art

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Course overview

Course type
Paid course
2 hours
16 lessons
Available on completion
Course author
Mattias Adolfsson

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.


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

Start by getting to know Mattias Adolfsson, how he transitioned from 3D animation for the computer games industry, to becoming a freelance illustrator. Discover the many types of media Mattias has illustrated for; from large ad campaigns to editorial illustrations, product design, record sleeves, and 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. Begin by 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 phone.

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 shows you how to share your artwork on social media and take part in the artistic community.

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