Sketch Your Life: Create Expressive Sketches in Pen and Watercolor

Elisa Choi Ang, helping you sketch and paint using your senses

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15 Videos (1h 7m)
    • Welcome to Class

    • Sketchbook and Pen

    • Watercolor Paints and Packing Light

    • How to See and Observe

    • How to Choose Your Subject

    • Structure in Linework

    • Mood in Shading

    • Simplicity in Details

    • Create a Color Chart

    • Create Value Contrast in Colors

    • Mix Colors on Paper

    • Watercolor Techniques

    • Sketch Japanese Garden

    • Paint Japanese Garden

    • Sketch Your Life Often


About This Class

Sketch Your Life: Create Expressive Sketches in Pen and Watercolor is a class that helps narrate your story that is full of color and life. It helps you remember more of the detail, feeling and presence of a place, person or thing because of how you deliberately slow down to truly see the beauty and fragility of every moment.

Through this class you will learn how to see and observe with your eyes, to record what you see by sketching loosely in pen, and to paint expressively in watercolor. This class is for everyone young and old alike. The goal is to be able to express oneself by capturing the life around us through quick sketches and paints. 

By the end of this class, you are encouraged to bring your sketchbooks wherever you go and fill it up daily with sketches that tell your life stories worth sharing with the world.


Image: sketch of commuters waiting patiently for the train home (pen and watercolor on sketchbook)

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She is a wonderful teacher and has many great techniques she shares! I look forward to more of her classes ~
Thank you so much ! This was a very informative class.
Easy and practical, thank you.





Elisa Choi Ang

helping you sketch and paint using your senses

Elisa Choi Ang is a watercolor painter who enjoys painting nature and the places that people have traveled. She started sketching in pen and exploring watercolor in 2011. Her approach in painting reveals soft and bold strokes, merging of bright colors, and lots of splatter. She paints in a range of styles from abstract to painterly but enjoys painting in a loose way the most— without an initial sketch. 

When making art, Elisa strongly believes in the importance of fun and creativity and believes that making mistakes is part of the journey as one grows as an artist. Her desire is to teach and encourage the beginner artist to play and explore sketching in pen and painting in watercolor using one's senses. 

Elisa teaches drawing and painting to children. She loves to read the Bible, Christian ebooks and creative art books; discover new dishes to cook; go to nature trips with her husband to take photos of sunset and create sketches of people and places. She currently resides in Singapore with her husband. 

You can see more of her works at her website, Instagram and Facebook.