Illustration & Inspiration: Keeping a Sketchbook

Leah Goren, Illustrator

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5 Videos (31m)
    • Introduction

      1:34
    • Leah's Sketchbook Practice

      11:33
    • Exercise 1: Drawing Patterns

      5:40
    • Exercise 2: Drawing from Life

      7:12
    • Exercise 3: Drawing Your Space

      4:59

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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I absolutely love, love, love Leah's tutorial on creating illustrations and patterns. After watching the inspirational tutorial, I did some illustrations myself - only drew them with pen, and I am looking forward to painting the colours in. Can't wait to share. Thanks, Leah, for the absolutely inspiring, educational and informative tutorial :) Love and admire all your works, including those for top clients. Very cool :)
Really inspiring and interesting ! Thank you Leah

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Leah Goren

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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, Ban.do, Chronicle Books, The Land of Nod, Loeffler Randall, Penguin Random House, Lenny Letter, and Revlon.