Intro Course to Sketching

Learn How To Sketch Like A Pro

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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!

Your Instructor

Mary Phan
Mary Phan

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.

“I love how my art has become a way to work with and support other event professionals. I love using it to empower and encourage creatives to pursue their passions. I want my art to inspire others to keep working toward their dreams.”

Course Curriculum

  Section 2: Techniques & Textures
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  Section 3: Cake
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  Section 5: Drapes
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  Section 6: Table Linens
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  Section 8: Chandelier
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  Section 9: Perspectives
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  2 Point Perspective Tabletop
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Do you offer refunds?
Due to the nature of online courses, we cannot offer refunds when you change your mind or if you decide you don't want to take the course. However, in the event that you feel you did not improve after you've taken our course - we will accommodate a full refund if you can show us you went through at least 5 lessons and can show your before and after work. If we feel that your work did not improve and that there wasn't improvement, we will honor up to a 30 day refund. If the time you purchased the course falls outside of 30 days, we cannot offer a refund under any circumstances.
I have little to no experience drawing, is this class for me?
Yes, Absolutely! I take you step by step through each lesson. I aim for each lesson to feel comfortable, inviting, and promote a space filled with no judgments (especially from ourselves.) I understand that learning a new skill or trade can be intimidating sometimes but sketching for us is all about being creative and having fun! Many students in class (online & offline) start off as beginners, but by the end – everyone is sure to feel energized and confident in their ability to sketch!
I have a lot of experience sketching, is this class for me?
While I would love for everyone to take our class, our class is designed for introductory level attendees and anyone who is interested in the creative process or my style of sketching.
Can I take your course content, ideas, etc. and then resell them
I've worked very hard to build an environment & course curriculum that is unique to my style, years of experience, time & financial investment - please DO NOT copy our work and reteach the lessons you learn from me. You are more than welcome to be inspired, but copying the videos/lessons & reselling them as your own is a serious offense & we will take legal action if necessary. Our content, coursework, and lessons are copyrighted. If you are unsure or have specific questions in this regard - please direct them to our general email via [email protected]
Will class materials be provided?
Unfortunately, for our digital courses, materials will not be provided. However you can purchase a sketch-kit from us through: https://www.thesketchbookseries.com/ecourse/sketch-kit-workbook We highly encourage, if you plan on developing your skills outside of the course, to invest in your own set of markers and art supplies. You will get the most out of the course if you use our suggested supplies, however you are more than welcome to use your own supplies but know that results will differ. Upon signing up for the class, if you have questions on what recommended markers we suggest, please feel free to inquire via [email protected]
What will I take away from taking the class?
You'll be learning my style of sketching! My hope is that you leave feeling inspired & continue to practice your new found skill! Fundamentals of sketching as it relates to the events industry world Quick tips on creating different textures Pencil pressure & line weights Scale, proportion, depth perception 2D vs. 3D objects Perspective drawing Use of blending with suggested brand markers
Can I access this course from multiple devices?
Yes, you may log-in different devices so as long as you have access to high speed internet, however the course is not intended for multiple users outside of a single company use. If you have any questions, please do inquire.

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