From real
to imaginary

an online course by Susannah Garden
1-29 of October
4 weeks
The course is in English
As illustrators, we frequently describe ourselves as a visual narrator. But just imagine being a visual scientist!

Indeed, we collect data in form of sketches and notes, observe people's behaviour, gestures, poses and even eavesdrop their conversations.We explore how light on the wall changes during the day, or how a tiny dog runs around in circles in the park. But these observations often live just in sketchbooks what makes good ideas stay unrealized.

On the course we translate observational sketches to graphic drawings — fully or partially. We move from real to imaginary and ask «what if…?».

We work step by step — with each decision made a new spinal of progress leads forward to the final drawings.

Accumulating a collection of ideas little by little we will go to work with illustration — discuss concepts and advantages of versions and then create a final work based on the best sketches. It might be a series of illustrations or comic strips.

Join if you want:
– improve drawing and observation skills;
– develop a way of thinking with the help of drawing;
– use resources of your sketch-albums in serious projects;
– not to stuck on the brainstorming stage during inspiration search;
– boost imagination;
– risk more in illustration;
– learn visual story;
– study of consistent narration;
– to be inspired;
– improve confidence to talk about your work in English naturally.

• Any experience in life-drawing
• Ability to discuss ideas in English (needed level at least pre-intermediate)
• Ability to compose, edit and adopt your illustrations

Estimated time
3-4 hours a week

Drawing techniques
Pencils, ink
For the final work gouache, ink, colour pencils, mixed techniques, digital - choice of student

What will be developed
• Observation skill
• Skill to make a visual notes and think at the same time
• Skill to conduct effective visual research
• Overcoming of fear of good ideas lack
• Jump from observation drawing to drawing from head
• Visual narration, understanding of consistent narration technique
• Ability to discuss ideas in English

Material for future exploration
Inspiring collection of sketches and notes
Sketches to develop
Final result — comic strips or a small series of illustration
We will start with observation and quick sketches and in the end will get finalized illustration. We not only draw, but also reflect. Provocative tasks will encourage observing and exploring the world by new methods.
We will discuss concepts, invent ideas, analyse, make decisions, sort and improve drawings – and all of these in English!
Susannah Gardner — presentor
Australian illustrator and artist. Susannah lives in Berlin, graduated from British Higher School of Art & Design (Bachelor degree in Illustration, 2016) and University of Melbourne in Australia (Bachelor of Fine Arts and Film, 2003).

Susannah has been conducting art seminars and workshops for about 6 years already. She was teaching illustration in British Higher School of Art & Design. Co-organizer of Sunday Sketching Berlin — themed drawing sessions in interesting locations every two weeks.

16 000 ₽
Susannah's drawings
To participate it is needed to have
a computer or phone with a photo editing app
of theoretical materials and assignments
for the week, start
of work
Review of the work done
1.5 ГГц
2 Гб
1 Мб/c
2.8 ГГц
4 Гб
8 Мб/c
Review of the work done
Minimum and recommended specifications
How do we work
Questions arose along the study can be asked any time once a day.
Screen capture from online course «Two artists» by Dima Gorelyshev
We work in Miro platform. Workspace looks like a huge virtual canvas and all students have their own board.
Screen capture from online course «Two artists» by Dima Gorelyshev
Materials and assignments — text with illustrations
Teacher`s feedback — video with shared screen and explanation
Course programme
1. People
We will collect drawing observations according to a list of tips to make the process nonstandard. For example: to make sketches of someone in a shadow or someone with long limbs or someone who looks like they don't belong hereor someone who moves unusually. Analysis of work at the end of the week.

2. Places
We observe 2-3 different places: park, kiosk with food «to go», zoo store. Sketch everything that will help to realise what is the location, construction and function of these places. Make a written and drawing notes about what is happening there, who visits these places and what interesting subjects are there.

3. Story creation
We write simple stories based on feedback and recommendations to fill the gaps in stories about people or places. After creating a text version, we will make some simple storyboards or drawing series or comic strips.

4. Story ending
Create a final version of series or comics.
Materials and techniques can be chosen, recommended format — A4 or A3.

• A high quality sketchbook with thick paper. Format — at least A5.
• Thick paper formats A4 or A3 — plain for graphics and textural for gouache.
• Pencils — graphite or black, soft at least 2 b.
• Soft-colored pencils such as Faber-Castell Polychromos.
• Gouache — Susannah recommends Schmincke Designer's Gouache or Caran D'Ache — or water color markers as Ecoline Aquarell Watercolour Brush Pens.
• Black ink — necessarily. Color ink — up to you. Susannah recommends Windsor and Newton Drawing Ink.
• Different sized brushes — will be good to have thin, middle and wide ones.
• Portable water container.
• Markers as Faber-Castell. Tones from light-grey to black.

Also on the course subject

Berlin — a heaven for illustrator

Susannah Gardner — illustrator from Berlin. She was born in Australia, lived 10 years in Moscow where graduated from British Higher School of Art & Design and then started to work as an illustrator.
From Real to Imaginary course enroll
1 to 29 of October
4 weeks
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