Illustration & Inspiration: Keeping a Sketchbook

Leah Goren, Illustrator

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5 Videos (31m)
    • Introduction

    • Leah's Sketchbook Practice

    • Exercise 1: Drawing Patterns

    • Exercise 2: Drawing from Life

    • Exercise 3: Drawing Your Space


About This Class

Let popular illustrator Leah Goren inspire you to start and keep a sketchbook that helps you stay creative and record beauty in your world.

Leah’s sketchbook practice stands out for its beauty, cohesion, and accessibility — all while remaining experimental and pushing her illustration process. This 30-minute class shares her approach and 3 of her go-to prompts for overcoming creative block:

  • drawing a pattern based on an object
  • drawing from life
  • drawing the space around you

All levels of illustrators are welcome! Bring any materials you love to work with (pens, watercolors, gouache) and any kind of paper. This class is all is about getting your creativity on the page. By the end, you’ll have the beginnings of a sketchbook that feels polished and personal.

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Very inspiring!
It's interesting and helpful to see Leah's process, and she makes keeping a sketchbook seem fun, useful, and accessible. I especially appreciated that she showed how sketches she's made in the past have translated to various products, or have helped her to connect to brands and further paid work. Definitely a class worth taking!
Love. Love. Love the opportunity to hear about her sketchbook. Enjoyed and inspired to do what I enjoy. I like the part she shared how she painted or created, and others became interested in her work. I really enjoyed hearing her thoughts about how she creates patterns and challenges herself with new ideas. Very inspiring!
Shonda Milmore

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Leah Goren


Leah Goren is an illustrator and surface pattern designer living in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Parsons School of Design in 2012 with a BFA in Illustration. Her clients include Anthropologie,, Chronicle Books, The Land of Nod, Loeffler Randall, Penguin Random House, Lenny Letter, and Revlon.

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