Pragmatic Sketching Masterclass (English) – next round starts in autumn 2024
Build a solid foundation for your drawing skills
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You (want or need to) take visual notes during talks, meetings or at school, you create flip charts for presentations and workshops, you capture work sessions on a whiteboard, organise your day in your bullet journal, or draw just for fun but…
- when you want to draw something, you don’t quite know how to?
- you draw something and somehow it just looks a bit off (especially the tricky stuff, like hands and faces)?
- your (stick) figures and people look a bit stiff and you would like to give them more life and expression?
or do you want to...
- get faster, clearer and more confident in your sketching?
- improve your sketching, but you are not quite sure how and where to start?
Then the Pragmatic Sketching Masterclass is right for you.
I designed a comprehensive series of sketching lessons and exercises covering 9 topics to lay a solid foundation for drawing (almost) anything in a pragmatic, simple and clear way.
Thanks for a fantastic class. This has opened my eyes to how far my skills can grow and has inspired and encouraged me to invest in that growth.
As a complete beginner, I was afraid this class would not be for me but I was completely wrong! I learned a lot and to my utter surprise realised that I could (sort of) draw. Thank you!
The topics we’ll cover
Clear and confident lines:
Developing basic motor skills
Dealing with structure, perspective and shading
Simple, but expressive stick figures:
Sketching actions and emotions
- Sketching faces and simple portraits
Sketching different types of people & diversity
- Creating scenes
- Sketching hands
- Going from stick figures to full body figures
- Exploring your personal style
Who is this masterclass for?
The class is for anyone who wants to learn (even from scratch) to draw things in a simple, clear and pragmatic way or who wants to improve their current sketching practice by taking a more detailed view at how to approach sketching things, people, actions, emotions, faces and hands and anything else in a structured but also playful way. (Scroll further down to read a bit more about how and why I teach this and see how this approach resonates with you).
Eva-Lotta is an exceptionally prepared and encouraging teacher who packed heaps of instruction into ten-hours that breezed by. I loved this class and highly recommend it!
– Amy Sparks, Graphic facilitator
I appreciated this class because it had good and clear structure. Each meeting was a unit for itself and all of them were adding to each other. Eva-Lotta has an amazing sense to place herself in the student position and starts explanations with basics. She pays attention to details that beginners are struggling with by redrawing important details on a larger scale. Although I've been drawing for a while the course was very informative due to her ability to observe and boil objects down to simple shapes and figures.
– Lara Kastelic, Graphic facilitator
The structure of the course
The course consists of a mix of pre-recorded videos that you can work through in your own time and a series of feedback sessions where we come together as a group, discuss our work and any questions that might have come up during practice and where I give individual feedback on your work.
Each week has a specific topic (9 topics in total). On Monday, a new set of videos will go live on the course platform together with practice prompts based on the skills and techniques explained in the videos.
The videos are conceived for you to draw along with me while you watch the video. I’ll show you my systematic approach to break down what you see (or imagine) and put it back together with clear lines on your page.
You will draw along and already get ample practice time while working through each topic. You will also get additional prompts to continue practicing further based on the week’s topic.
After every two topics, we’ll have a 90 mins live feedback session over zoom where I review participants’ work and give individual feedback on your drawings.
We’ll also have a private Facebook group where we can share drawings throughout the course, connect with the group, ask questions and give each other feedback.
Mon, 11 Sept 2023
Video-lessons for topic 01:
Tue, 12 Sept 2023, 7-8pm
Kick-off & Welcome Session (live on Zoom)
|Mon, 18 Sept 2023
Video-lessons for topic 02:
Tue, 26 Sept 2023, 7-8.30pm
Feedback Session 1
Mon, 02 Oct 2023
Video-lessons for topic 03:
Mon, 10 Oct 2023
Video-lessons for topic 04.1:
Tue, 17 Oct 2023, 7-8.30pm
Feedback Session 2
|Mon, 23 Oct 2023
Video-lessons for topic 04.2:
Mon, 30 Oct 2023
Tue, 07 Nov 2023, 7-8.30pm
Feedback Session 3
Mon, 13 Nov 2023
Mon, 20 Nov 2023
Video-lessons for topic 07:
|Tue, 28 Nov 2023, 7-8.30pm
|Feedback Session 4
Mon, 04 Dec 2023
Video-lessons for topic 08:
Mon, 11 Dec 2023
Video-lessons for topic 09:
Exploring your personal style
Tue, 19 Dec 2023, 7-8.30pm
All times mentioned for the live session are Berlin time (CET).
The live feedback sessions will be recorded as well so you can watch a session if you missed it.
Thank you very much for offering that online course on pragmatic sketching. I LOVE it. I have been stuck for months in my attempts to start sketchnoting, but your course is exactly what I was looking for.
– Participant of the 2020 edition
I am a good drawer, I guess, but Eva-Lotta teaches us to be a pragmatic drawer. It opens me a brand new world of possibilities to communicate quickly and sharply with my drawings. Her teaching is clear, structured, dynamic. She generously shares her skills in so many details that make all the difference. Besides, she is authentic, enthusiastic and full of ideas.
A bit more on how and why I teach this series
Learning how to draw or to sketch is a bit like learning how to write.
Imagine you never learned how to write. Can you even imagine not being able to express yourself through written words, not being able to note down the things you don’t want to forget, not being able to get a clearer picture by writing down the most important points? Life and work would be so much harder.
Now think about if you could add a similarly powerful and fundamental tool to your thinking and communication… well, that’s sketching for you.
Sketching can help you to observe, analyse, understand and make sense of the world around you and of the thoughts your head. It gives you an additional layer to think through and communicate complex problems with more clarity and explore ideas and solutions in a more concrete and relatable way.
Words and images are like best friends. Together they can do anything. Their strength complement each other and they support each other in tricky situations. The skill to add images to your words, to let simple sketches empower and enhance what you say or write is a can transform how you think and communicate, both on your own and with others.
Sketching is a fundamental skill that can be applied to every aspect of life and work:
Taking visual notes (also called sketchnotes) to structure and remember things you want to learn, stepping up to the whiteboard or flipchart in a workshop or a coaching session to explain your thoughts, planning your week in your bullet journal, capturing fun situations in a visual diary, making your presentation slides more personal and interesting by adding your own sketches, letting a user journey come to life with a simple story board, or drawing just for fun, to relax, enjoy or bringing a smile to someone’s face.
Like with writing, there is a bit of a learning curve to sketching
Sketching is not art, and the action of sketching is more important than the final result. Everybody can sketch. But if you want to feel confident and have fun while sketching, it is good to have some sound foundation to build on.
Sketching is a decision making process.
Good sketches are the results of good decisions that you took with every mark you make: How can I draw this? What is the shape? Where should I place my mark? How big should this part be? Which details would I leave out? Where would I start? How do I get the proportions right? Which thickness of line should I use? Which colour? How do I make it look clearer? How do I emphasise the important part? And so on and so on.
My goal for this series of classes is to lay the foundations with you so you feel confident making your own good decisions when you sketch – decisions that support the clarity of your drawings, decisions that help you create the meaning and effect you wanted, decisions that empower you to experiment and find your own voice and new solutions for your sketches.
Methodical but playful
My approach to drawing is very methodical but also playful at the same time.
I will show you HOW I approach drawing things and explain WHY I do it this way. Through understanding the WHY behind the HOW you will be able to adapt your sketching to the situation you are using it in and to the goal you want to achieve. You’ll build a solid foundation for a thoughtful sketching practice. Understanding the fundamental principles and their effects will open up lots of room for structured experimentation and playful exploration on the way to developing your own voice and style.
Join me this autumn and get drawing!
I’d be super happy if you joined me this autumn / winter to dive deep into sketching pragmatically, joining an international group of likeminded people to learn, practice and exchange around the fundamental and joyful skill of drawing clearly and effectively.
The next round of the masterclass starts on Monday 10th October 2022. I am only offering this course once a year, so sign-up now if you want to deepen your sketching practice.
What exactly is included in the course?
- Detailed instruction videos for 9 topics – about 1.5 to 2.5 hours of video lessons per week
- 4 live feedback sessions – 1.5 hours
- Over 25 hours of total class time
- Recordings for all live sessions
- 3 years access to the full course
- Printable workbook to sketch along during the instruction videos
- All sketches from the videos as a PDF
- Practice assignments for each topic
- Private FB group for sharing work and connecting with other participants (optional)
The course is held in English.
It was absolutely fabulous. I learnt so much..more that any comparable online course on this subject.
I have truly enjoyed the lessons and drawing along. I love how you explain drawing concepts and the basics of anatomy in such a simple, easy to grasp way. The follow-up emails with tips to practice are a great touch to keep improving between lessons. What I am most positively surprised with, is the care put on being inclusive and avoiding cliches when drawing people.
– Maria Hock - Sr User Researcher & Designer
I loved this course! The way Eva-lotta breaks things down helps beginners (like me) get started in their sketching journey, and use sketching as a way of thinking.
– Joy J
Do you have any more questions?
Just send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll try to answer your question.