The Sketchbook Series is a collection of one-of-a-kind luxury sketching experiences, elearning, and digital space for creative professionals offering a unique approach towards how creatives can bring their ideas to life.
By leveraging sketching as a tool, we can engage with our imaginations to deliver concepts and messages in an artistic way, as well as empower collaborations with better communication skills to bring greater impact in the world of Design.
A seasoned illustrator and concept designer, founder Mary Phan hails from the interior design and event planning industries where illustrating design concepts was significant in how she executed projects seamlessly. Due to rising inquiries around learning opportunities from partners and clients, Mary launched The Sketchbook Series to inspire and guide creatives on their journey towards turning their ideas into realities.
Although our tale started with luxury educational experiences orchestrated towards creative professionals in the events industry, our purpose has since been embraced by a spectrum of identities including interior designers, cake bakers, students and so many others.
Learn to sketch and create masterful art with some of the industry’s most elevated design talents and leaders. Whether you're a planner, florist, baker, designer or just love being creative, The Sketchbook Series community welcomes you!
Mary has always been drawn to the arts. After beginning her career as an interior designer, dabbling in fashion and staging model homes, Mary’s love of creating an atmosphere and a feeling in the spaces she entered inspired her to launch Very Merry Events in 2008.
In addition to creating memorable experiences, Mary sent her clients’ home with physical mementos in the form of custom illustrations that became an indispensable part of her design process. In 2013, Mary took that love of illustration to the next level, launching The Sketchbook Series to help other event planners and designers learn a skill that had become a key way that she communicated with her clients.
Although Mary no longer plans and designs events, she has become an impactful creative influencer and has a passion for inspiring creatives everywhere.
Aside from traveling and teaching, Mary shares her adventurous days with her husband and 2 little boys located in the San Francisco, Bay Area.