What's in my Bag: A contemporary take on the classic self portrait. | Kristina Hultkrantz | Skillshare

What's in my Bag: A contemporary take on the classic self portrait.

Kristina Hultkrantz, Illustrator & Surface Pattern Designer

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8 Videos (54m)
    • What's a What's in my Bag Portrait?!

    • Supplies & Inspiration

    • Start Sketching

    • A Sketching Timelapse

    • An Inking Timelapse

    • Editing in Photoshop

    • Digital Color in Photoshop

    • Thanks for Watching!


About This Class


Learn about composition and traditional still life drawing techniques while drawing a fun quirky self portrait, without any faces involved!

Hello Everyone!

I’ve been illustrating for over 10 years and within these years I have sort of become known for my custom What’s in my Bag portraits. For bloggers and clients I have completed nearly 100 of them so far and I’m constantly surprised and tickled how different, unique and personal these portraits are. But of course they are, because we are all unique! Another big plus is that they are really fun to draw! How they work is, a person will pick out their favorite handbag or backpack plus 10 or so items that would be found in their bag or a couple of other extra items they love and I draw them together in a nice composition. But I’ll be going through the entire process in this course.


You can see examples of my What’s in my Bag work on Pinterest in these two boards:

Blogger WIMB

Custom WIMB

Also if you’d like to commission one from me you can find a listing in my Etsy shop:

Custom WIMB Etsy Listing



This class is geared towards students who are in love with illustration and have drawing skills of all levels. If you are new to drawing I hope this class will help you with grasping the fundamentals of line drawing, composition and color. And if you are a seasoned artist I hope this class will inspire and be a fun prompt for you to try a new sort of self portrait, and that you learn something new about yourself from your 10 favorite items!


Supplies you will need to create the class project:

  • Drawing paper
  • Pencil, pen, eraser. Or your favorite drawing supplies.
  • Your favorite bag and other small items to draw from real life or photos to reference from the internet.
  • Computer with Adobe Photoshop.


In this class I will be sharing my thought process and techniques for drawing a still life of 10 or so items in a well balanced composition. You will follow along as I plan out my composition, sketch, perfect my lines with ink and then finalize my final piece with digital color in Adobe Photoshop.

We will cover the following:

  • The basics of sketching.
  • The basics of line drawing.
  • My process of creating an interesting balanced composition.
  • My process for choosing a color palette.
  • Basics of simple coloring and editing artwork in Adobe Photoshop.

I am so excited to share my tips with you and to see what you all come up with in your class projects!

Xoxo Kristina

Follow me and share your work on Instagram @emmakisstina with the hashtag #emmakisstinaxskillshare





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Kristina Hultkrantz

Illustrator & Surface Pattern Designer

Hello, I'm Kristina Hultkrantz an illustrator and surface pattern designer based in the super quaint town Mariefred just outside of Stockholm, Sweden. You might also know me as EmmaKisstina on the internet. I've been working with illustration and design for over 10 years and have worked full time as a freelance illustrator and Etsy shop owner for the past 7 years. I've had experience working with countless companies creating artwork for books, web and print. To name drop a few I've had the pl...

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