Best Sketchbook Courses

Find the best online Sketchbook Courses for you. The courses are sorted based on popularity and user ratings. We do not allow paid placements in any of our rankings. We also have a separate page listing only the Free Sketchbook Courses.

Sketchbook Pro for Beginners on PC Mac and iPad Pro

Complete beginners guide to learning Sketchbook Pro on Mac PC and iPad .

Created by Rich Graysonn - Illustrator Designer

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Students: 9053, Price: $49.99

Students: 9053, Price:  Paid

* **I have updated this course To include the PC and Mac versions as well as the iPad mobile version.******

This is a beginners course to Sketchbook Pro. In this very in-depth course you will learn all of the major parts of this very robust and intuitive drawing software.  My goal for you when you complete this course is to start using sketchbook pro as easily as you would traditional media. If you are brand new to digital art the I urge you to take this  course. The skills I will teach you will help you in learning other pieces of art software. In this course you will  :

  • Learn to use the Drawing Tools 
  • Learn to use the Perspective Tools
  • Learn to manage your Brushes and settings
  • Create your own Brush sets and Custom Brushes
  • And so much more

Who this course is for :

  • Any beginner who wants to learn Digital Art Software
  • Art students (traditional and non traditional and self taught)
  • Traditional artists who want to learn Digital
  • Graphic designers who want to learn to Draw more 
  • Anyone who wants to make their own game, graphic novel or illustrations
  • Anyone who is curious about Sketchbook Pro

What this course is not

  • Not for anyone who doesn't have a Tablet (Either for desktop or mobile or ipad, galaxy tab etc) 
  • You cannot do this course with a mouse ( I guess you can start but I recommend getting a tablet first)

I hope you will join me and allow me to be your professional guide on your art journey. 

How to Draw Comic Style Faces in Sketchbook Pro

Learn to Draw a Male and Female Face from Start to Finish

Created by Robert Marzullo - Comic Book Artist / Illustrator

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Students: 3187, Price: $19.99

Students: 3187, Price:  Paid

This course will cover how to draw comic book style faces step by step. You will learn how to draw a comic style male and female face from start to finish in a full frontal view.  You will learn simple measurements to map out the face and make the drawing process much easier to accomplish.  This course will show you how to create your line art and refine the rough sketch to get it ready for the coloring process.  We will then finish the faces by adding color and effects to our artwork. By the end of this course you will have a strong fundamental knowledge of how to construct facial drawings and a better understanding of the tools within Sketchbook Pro 8 that help with this process.  We will go over the use of layers, brushes, selection tools and many other great features in this powerful program.  If you are looking to improve your ability to draw interesting characters while gaining a stronger knowledge of this amazing drawing program, then this course is for you! And remember you have a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee if you are not totally satisfied with this course! 

Traveler’s Sketchbook 2: Drawing Landscapes

How to create beautiful and successful drawings of the landscape using easy symbols for trees and shrubs.

Created by Marilee Nielsen - Artist and Art Teacher

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Students: 621, Price: $29.99

Students: 621, Price:  Paid

In this course you will learn how to create beautiful and successful drawings of the landscape.  Using symbols that I have created over my many years of working as a landscape architect and artist, I teach you how to simplify this complex subject matter.  The technique I teach is primarily for sketchers, but can be used by painters as well to create preliminary drawings of landscape paintings.

After learning and mastering the symbols used for each type of generic plants and trees, you go out into the landscape with me and apply your knowledge to the real thing.  See the adjustments made to capture the unique characteristics of the landscape you are drawing and create realistic, landscape sketches.

The last section explores how to create the illusion of depth in your drawings.  Using varying line weight, and shadow symbols, I teach you how to create a focal point and pull plants out and into the foreground and make others recede.

This is a valuable course for both sketchers and painters and truly a unique course that teaches you techniques I have developed over 30 years of working as a landscape architect, artist and sketcher.  If you are a beginning sketcher, plant material is a fun place to start and if your are experienced, then you can improve your sketches by grounding structures with shrubs and trees.

Traveler’s Sketchbook: Beginners Guide to Sketching

Sketching made easy through Contour Lines and Proportional Drawing Techniques. Part 1 of a 4 part series of classes!

Created by Marilee Nielsen - Artist and Art Teacher

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Students: 572, Price: $19.99

Students: 572, Price:  Paid

In this four part series of classes, Part One: Beginner's Guide to Sketching, covers the two foundational skills of a good sketch: Contour Line Drawing and Proportional Drawing. These two techniques are enough to get you started on your way to becoming a proficient and happy sketcher!  Join Marilee as she walks you though drawing four different objects that appear indoors and outdoors, and grow in complexity, using each of the two techniques.  Then complete the class assignments drawing your own objects in your house or backyard, finding how easy it is to create interesting and successful sketches.  Some shading is also covered in this course. 

Marilee will also share with you her favorite sketchbooks, pens and tools that she carries in her pack when she travels and sketches.  Join her in the first class of this four part series and start your journey to becoming the sketcher you have always wanted to be!

Learn Digital Painting from Scratch: Autodesk Sketchbook

8 in 1 course for learn Digital Painting. We used only mouse in our lessons. You can learn this course without knowledge

Created by Venkatesh B - Assistant Professor and Head of Visual Communication

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Students: 429, Price: $89.99

Students: 429, Price:  Paid

Hi. My name is Venkatesh. I welcome you all for this course ‘Learn Digital Painting from the Scratch using Autodesk Sketchbook’. In this course, you will learn in detail about Digital painting and Autodesk Sketchbook. This is an 8 in 1 course. Within this course you are going to gain:

· Various types of grasses creation using Autodesk Sketchbook

· Different color shrubs Digital Painting

· Foliage Digital Painting Techniques

· Stem of the tree Digital Painting

· Leaves of the tree Digital Painting

· Pando tree Digital Painting

· Custom brush designing in Digital Painting

· Custom brush usage in digital painting Digital Painting

At the end of this course, you will be a professional digital painting artist. You can use the same digital painting knowledge and techniques with any other digital painting software. Let us start our Course.

Autodesk SketchBook is a raster graphics software app intended for expressive drawing and concept sketching. It was first developed by Alias Systems Corporation, before being acquired by Autodesk. Originally developed as commercial software, it evolved into a subscription model before eventually being made freeware for personal use.

SketchBook features a radial/pie-menu user interface and has painting and drawing tools such as pencils, markers, and brushes. It uses pressure-sensitive features of digital drawing pads, tablet computers, and smartphones to create effects similar to traditional materials. A screenshot tool is also included for annotations, allowing one to show content during meetings and add notes for review. The program can also create flipbooks or animations, and it supports layers with the ability to import from and export to Adobe Photoshop (.psd) format. Other features include rulers, brush customization, and canvas rotation.

Traveler’s Sketchbook 3: Drawing Buildings in Perspective

A quick and easy approach for beginners who want to add perspective to their sketches or paintings.

Created by Marilee Nielsen - Artist and Art Teacher

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Students: 377, Price: $39.99

Students: 377, Price:  Paid

In this class, I introduce you to the three types of perspective drawing, one, two, and three point, but unlike a lot of other perspective courses out there, my class teaches you a quick and easy approach to perspective so that you get a BASIC understanding of the perspective theory and then be able to apply it immediately to your sketches or even paintings.  Other than the concept of the vanishing points, where they occur, how to use and apply them to make your sketches look more realistic, I don't really bog you down with too many other details.  I go through a brief discussion of each type of perspective, how it is used or how to choose a particular type of perspective in the field, and then you get into the assignments.

There are eight assignments in the course.  Three in one point and two point, and two assignments in three point.  You start out by drawing some simple shapes along side of me as I explain why and what you are doing, and then you follow along with me as we draw an imaginary scene in all three types of perspective.  In the two point and one point, we go out on the site and draw a real building applying what we learned in the studio.  You can either draw the same building by following along with the video and referring to the photo of the buildings from the resources section or if your feeling confident, you can go out and find your own buildings or street scenes to draw in the different types of perspective.

It's a ton of fun as long as you just work with the basics and let your sketch breath and have it's own style.  And an understanding of linear perspective helps create more realistic sketches, leading you to the next level, becoming a painter one day!!  Or you can just keep on sketching!  I'm happy either way!

Sketchbook Everyday: Painting Birds in Watercolor

Drawing, value study and step by step painting instructions

Created by Mandar Marathe - Fine Artist, Sculptor, Illustrator, and Engineer

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Students: 333, Price: $59.99

Students: 333, Price:  Paid

Welcome to the Sketchbook everyday Series of courses.

In this fourth course, you will learn how to draw and paint three (a Robin, a Kingfisher and a Paradise Flycatcher) birds using watercolors.

My name is Mandar, a Fine Artist, and a sculptor. I will be leading you through this course.

I've designed this course for the artist in you who wants to improve your art but has limited time to practice. Sketchbook is your best place to practice and hone your skills. It’s your private space; and your aim here is not to produce a gallery ready painting but to try out new things, have fun and improve your art.

In this course, we will draw and shade 3 different birds to do complete value studies of the birds and then draw and paint the birds with watercolors. By doing sketches like this every day you will learn to draw things in a simplistic manner, understand the light & shade; and gain the confidence to use watercolors more effectively. Painting like this will give you the joy and satisfaction of creating something beautiful every time.

This method of painting gives best results and improves artistic confidence very quickly.

This way of practicing is great for people who want to do something creative every day and also for those who want to pursue art or illustration as a career. You will see every line that I draw, every brush stroke that I make and I'll also be talking to you about my process.

This series of courses is for you if you want to improve your art and are willing to practice art-making for at least 15 minutes every day. It doesn't matter if you are a student, a professional, a homemaker or a retired person. No prior art making experience is necessary to take this course. Just having the interest is enough.

I look forward to seeing you inside this class!

Happy painting!

Mandar

Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 6 for Desktop and iPad

Master this amazing application on both desktop and iPad with expert instructor Dwayne Ferguson.

Created by VTC Software Training - Affordable, Comprehensive Software Training

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Students: 138, Price: $39.99

Students: 138, Price:  Paid

Autodesk Sketchbook Pro is now one of the most popular art creation applications on both desktop and mobile devices like the iPad. Used by a wide range of people, from cartoonists and product designers to concept artists and painters, Sketchbook Pro has the tools and speed to make the creative process intuitive and enjoyable. In this VTC course, you will learn how to use the interface, create brushes, customize marking menus, and much more. Author and expert Dwayne Ferguson will not only demonstrate tips that will increase your productivity (such as how to set up your Wacom tablet and stylus to enhance your workflow), but he will also provide several invaluable pointers on letting your imagination go. Get started now and you will be on your way to mastering this amazing application on both the desktop and iPad versions of Sketchbook Pro in no time at all!

This title is a self-paced software training course delivered via pre-recorded video. We do not provide additional information outside of the posted content.

Work files for this course can be downloaded from the first lecture.

Simple 2D Animation in SketchBook

Creating animated GIF cards and short videos

Created by Joan Tatley - Illustrator

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Students: 41, Price: $19.99

Students: 41, Price:  Paid

In this class, you will learn that creating simple 2D animation projects is not as difficult as you are used to think. You can tell your own visual stories even if you can't draw really well. Not only adults, but kids can do this!

I will show how to create simple animation projects in Autodesk Sketchbook. This program is very easy to work with, and it’s free which makes it a great choice for a beginner.

Autodesk Sketchbook can be used for digital drawing, painting and animation. You will follow several simple projects that will prove how easy animating can be, and then you will be able to create animated greeting cards, short funny videos etc.

Saving your animation as a GIF or a video file will allow you to share your artwork with friends on Facebook, Instagram and other social media.

Create a Garden & Nature Sketchbook

Celebrate the Outdoors With Ink & Watercolor

Created by Amy Stewart - New York Times Bestselling Author & Artist

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Students: 18, Price: $29.99

Students: 18, Price:  Paid

When it comes to creating a garden or nature journal, there’s so much that you can explore with paint and ink.

In this class, we’re going to focus on creating a complete garden scene, with a variety of plants and even a little structure peeking out from behind the foliage.

And in order to do that, we’re going to tackle one of the most challenging aspects of sketching the natural world: quickly mixing a variety of greens.

I’ve taken a lot of art classes over the years, and I think that sometimes painters can get a little too technical when it comes to greens. So in this class I’m going to simplify and demystify greens, so we can get on with our painting!

But that’s not all! Garden and nature journals come to life when you use watercolors to capture the intense, luminous colors you see in flowers, leaves, and other details. So we’re also going to work on ways to really push the paints towards bold, vibrant colors.

We’ll work on loose and expressive pen and ink lines, too. I’m going to show you my approach to creating lines and marks and shapes that look entirely original-- like something that could only be made by you, at that particular place and that particular moment in time.

What we’re not going to do is get caught up in perfection or rigid accuracy. The great joy of a garden and nature journal is that it is a record of the time you spent in close observation. It’s a place for you to be yourself on the page.

With a little ink and watercolor, and some time to enjoy the outdoors, you can create a lively, personal record of your connection to nature.