Introduction to Illustration: Drawing and Painting
Introduction to Illustration: Drawing and Painting is a 5-part beginner series introducing you to the dual worlds of illustration and mixed media, designed and taught by professional illustrator Sarah van Dongen (@sarahvandongenillustrations). This course will take you from total beginner to feeling comfortable enough with the techniques and mediums to create original illustrations.
Sarah van Dongen is a professional illustrator based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She is most known for her colourful sketchbook drawings and children’s book illustrations. Her work focuses on daily life, and she always uses multiple media, including gouache, coloured pencils, markers and crayons.
Session 1: Drawing is Fundamental - In the first session, learn the importance of drawing in the world of illustration. You’ll develop strong hand-eye coordination using practice exercises that build your confidence with a pencil. Sarah will teach you how to get started drawing from observation and photos, plus mark-making and simplifying shapes when drawing people.
Session 2: Mixing Media - Session two is an exploration of art materials and how to combine them successfully. Sarah will address common issues that arise when mixing media. You’ll practice your new techniques starting with gouache and adding colour in other ways.
Session 3: Faces and Figures - For the third session, Sarah brings in illustration theory with a limited palette for faces and figures. You’ll focus on illustrating people wearing clothes. Sarah will walk you through creating a pattern for clothing, and you’ll practice making patterns with mixed media.
Session 4: Sensational Scenes - The fourth session expands on colour theory by focusing on warm and cool palettes. You’ll do a scene exercise to achieve the correct perspective. Sarah will teach you to compose the drawing so your scene makes sense.
Session 5: Bring it Home - The fifth and final session has you integrating mixed media techniques with colour theory for an entire scene. Sarah will help you with figures and perspective, and you’ll add your own homey elements that fit your new illustrative style.
Every Live Session will run for approximately 60 minutes via Zoom and is open to a maximum of 300 people. Participants will have access to a recording 4 days after the live session. You can choose to purchase the entire series partway through and get immediate access to all the previous recordings.
Secure your spot today by purchasing on this page. A downloadable PDF containing the workshop link and other details will be sent via email after checkout.
Wednesday on the following dates: October 27, November 3, November 10, November 17, and November 24.
- LA Time 7 am PDT (Wednesday)
- NY Time 10 am EDT (Wednesday)
- London Time 3 pm BST (Wednesday)
- Singapore Time 10 pm SGT (Wednesday)
- Sydney Time 1 am AEDT (Thursday)
Additional materials are listed in the PDF you'll receive upon purchase.
- Graphite pencil (Suggested: Staedtler Mars Lumograph 5B)
- Mechanical pencil: Faber-Castell 0.7 2B
- Sharpener (Suggested: Faber Castell)
- Eraser (Suggested brands: Derwent and Tombow mono)
- Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolour Marker Beige Red
- Holbein Acrylic gouache: Colours; Coral Red, Smalt Blue, Ice Green, Pale Lavender, Ash Blue, Titanium White, Ash Green, Pale Mint, Yellow, Lilac, Light Apricot.
- Caran D’Ache Luminance Coloured Pencils: Sepia & Payne’s grey
- Posca Acrylic markers PC-3M; Colours: Sky Blue, Slate Grey, Coral Pink, Apricot, Aqua Green
- Caran d’Ache Neocolor II Crayons Crayons: Colours; Sky Blue, Turquoise Green, Salmon, Light Cobalt Blue, Payne’s Grey, Chromium Oxide Green, Periwinkle Blue, Ruby Red, Ultramarine, Olive, Pink, Orangish Yellow, Mauve.
- Download/Print the reference photos.
If you don’t love it, it’s free.
If you’re not happy, we’re not happy. That’s why if you don’t love this Mini Workshop or Class as much as we know you will, we will give you your money back.