Travel Illustration: Draw a Scene from your Favorite Place

Sarah Shaw, Artist & Educator

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8 Videos (24m)
    • Introduction

    • Your Illustration

    • Brainstorming

    • Researching

    • Sketching & Drawing

    • Exploring Materials

    • Adding Color & Texture

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class

Join illustrator, educator and adventurer Sarah Shaw for a 25-minute class that explores travel illustration! Take your drawing materials outside or travel vicariously through your photographs as you create a unique scene from your favorite place, whether it's from home or abroad. 

This class will encourage you to think creatively-- first envisioning and brainstorming details about your favorite place, researching imagery, and using those ideas to construct a dynamic composition. Anyone can excel in this class, even if you're convinced that you can't draw. Believe me, you can.

We'll explore techniques for sketching compositions, drawing with pen, and applying bold colors with either watercolors or markers to make your scene come to life. Your final projects can be framed, gifted, or scanned into a header for your travel blog or website. There are so many possibilities! Take this class and illustrate your story.


25 of 26 students recommendSee All

Recommended with some reservations. The presenter is great and the video is professional quality. This is not a beginners class. It assumes that you know drawing basics and can already sketch. It will inspire beginners to ,earn to draw and may interest an experienced artist to try something new. Just my opinion but the first video has some really annoying music in the background that detracts from what the presenter is trying to say. Thankfully the music is not repeated during the rest of the class.
Thoroughly enjoyed this Sarah. Thanks for sharing your process. Informative and inspiring!
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Sarah Shaw

Artist & Educator

My name is Sarah Shaw, and I’m an artist and educator from Portland, Maine. In 2010, I graduated with a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, I worked and studied in South Korea for three years, and most recently, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Cartagena, Colombia. I primarily create series of illustrations, daily drawings, comics and graphic stories based on daily life abroad. 

Besides illustration, I work in a variety of media and materials-- I sew, crochet traditional Colombian bags, experiment with video and digital photography, and make mixed-media painting and collages with maps. I've taken classes in holography, glass-blowing and jewelry making. I love playing with Wordpress and teaching myself bits of coding, even though I'm very impatient.

I love meeting new people, so don't be shy. Introduce yourself! And if you happen to be in the Portland, Maine area, let me know-- Maybe we can meet up or collaborate on a project.