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Artist and Illustrator Lewis Rossignol shares his thoughts, techniques and (most importantly) his spirit of experimentation about the intimate practice of working in a personal sketchbook.

Now available as a self-study class.

TEACHER: Lewis Rossignol

Class Description


Lewis Rossignol

Working in a sketchbook can be an important part of an artist’s life, beyond just “sketching” out ideas. For me it is vital for stress relief and well being… and I have a lot of fun! I hope this class will help you loosen up and discover new ways to use your sketchbook. We will remind ourselves that a sketchbook should be a personal journal, and not something that has to be a masterpiece from beginning to end. By combining collage, words, and drawing, we’ll start a sketchbook that will hopefully free you to not overthink future sketchbooks.

We’ll explore composition, shading, and different levels of completeness as not every sketch has to be fully fleshed out. We’ll bring our other passions into our sketchbooks, and explore different types of reference. But most of all we’ll have a good time pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones. Through these six lessons we will start a new sketchbook that you will be able to finish afterwards using new ideas, thoughts, and techniques.


Class Itinerary

Lesson 1
We’ll  start by looking through some books and see all kinds of ways that different artists use their sketchbooks, and then do an exercise that will take the pressure and anxiety out of drawing in a brand new sketchbook.

Lesson 2
This lesson is all about composition and finding multiple solutions to the same problem. We will focus on minimalism and empty space.

Lesson 3
In this lesson we will experiment with multiple methods of shading, as well as continuing to think about composition.

Lesson 4
Bring your favorite scientific or organic interests into the realm of your sketchbook!

Lesson 5
We’re going to start our final project in this lesson: a grid drawing. I’ll demonstrate how I start these types of drawings.

Lesson 6
This final lesson will be a demonstration of how to complete a grid drawing, focusing on mini compositions that create one larger composition.



For a full list of the supplies you will need, see the tab titled “Supplies” located just under the video screen above.

Full Supply List


• Mixed Media Sketchbook (personal choice, Lewis is working in a 6″x9″)

• Assortment of Pens (I like rollerball, and fountain pens)

• Pencils (whatever pencils you like to draw with works)

Vine charcoal

• Watercolors (any kind, I like these)

Watercolor Brush


• Assorted Collage Materials such as old photos, magazines, stamps, old drawings, or anything really.

• Scissors



• Assorted Markers (I like these)

Colored Pencils or Crayons

• Any other mediums you like to use


About the Teacher

Lewis Rossignol

Lewis Rossignol is a Portland, Maine based visual artist who specializes in combining hand-drawn and collaged imagery. He’s worked with clients including Tyler the Creator, Current Affairs Magazine, and HBO.

Instagram: @lewisrossignol

Nuts & Bolts

– The videos for this class are pre-recorded and you have instant access.

– Lewis is available for feedback and help at the Facebook forum or email.

– You will have indefinite access to the class videos and materials.

“This class has changed how I view my art practice. Lewis made everything I was afraid to do seem possible. ” — Lin L.
“It was absolutely freeing and difficult all at the same time and so much fun! ” — Deb W.
“Just completed the class from Lewis Rossignol on sketchbooking -- wow! I wanted you to know how inspiring it was for me and how much it's opened up both my creativity and my thinking about how I approach my own art. Thanks!” — Benjamin C.