Sketchbook to Style: Discover Your Artistic Style in Your Sketchbook, Christine Nishiyama

Discover your artistic style in your sketchbook!

What is Sketchbook to Style?

Sketchbook to Style is my step-by-step program designed to guide you through the journey of starting a sketchbook practice to discover your unique artistic style and voice.

Sketchbook to Style is a 10 module online course that walks you through exactly how to begin your sketchbook practice, commit to a creative habit, and use that sketchbook to unleash your inner artist.  

This course includes instant access to:

Ready to find your style?

10 Step-by-Step Modules

Click a module below to see what's inside!

  • 🎥 Using This Course
  • 🎥 Using This Community
  • 🎥 Tools + Materials
  • 🎥 The Sketchbook Manifesto
  • 📒 Assignments 1.1–1.2
  • 🎥 Building Up Creative Muscle
  • 🎥 Your Hand + Your Tool
  • 🎥 Training Hand-Eye Coordination
  • 📒 Assignments 2.1–2.4
  • 🎥 Here’s a Secret
  • 🎥 Fear of the Blank Page
  • 🎥 Imposter Syndrome
  • 🎥 I Can’t Draw What’s in my Head!
  • 📒 Assignments 3.1–3.3
  • 🎥 Relaxing + Slowing Down
  • 🎥 Getting in the Flow State
  • 🎥 Keeping Your Hand Moving
  • 📒 Assignments 4.1–4.3
  • 🎥 Accepting Uncertainty
  • 🎥 Enjoying the Process
  • 🎥 Playing While Drawing
  • 🎥 Accepting Mistakes
  • 🎥 Iterating to Originality
  • 📒 Assignments 5.1–5.9
  • 🎥 Looking at Our Memories
  • 🎥 Pondering Our Passions
  • 🎥 Paying Attention
  • 🎥 Ideas Come From Actions
  • 📒 Assignments 6.1–6.7
  • 🎥 Drawing is About Seeing
  • 🎥 Drawing from the Heart + Brain
  • 🎥 Worrying What Others Will Think
  • 📒 Assignments 7.1–7.7
  • 🎥 Representation vs Interpretation
  • 🎥 Injecting Personality
  • 🎥 Abstract to Emphasize
  • 🎥 Basic Drawing Techniques
  • 🎥 Combining Words + Pictures
  • 📒 Assignments 8.1–8.8
  • 🎥 Your Mini-Me
  • 🎥 Mini-Me Help + Inspiration
  • 🎥 The 7 Visual Elements of Style
  • 🎥 Style is Always Evolving
  • 📒 Assignments 9.1–9.11
  • 🎥 Developing a Creative Habit
  • 🎥 Your Drawing Space
  • 🎥 Establishing a Routine
  • 🎥 Perfection Does Not Exist
  • 📒 Assignments 10.1–10.6

What the Students Say...

"Thank you for making this space for us. This place seriously helped give me purpose when I was struggling to regain my identity outside of motherhood. Being here is the single best thing I’ve done for myself in a long time. Also it’s thanks to you that I have filled an entire sketchbook for the first time in my life! I had never come even close before."
Carla F.
"Joining [Might Could], I ended up completing six sketchbooks and starting three more. If I hadn't, I might have completed one or two sketchbooks. I have done perhaps more now than I have allowed myself at any previous time, except maybe early childhood."
Craig A.
"I’m actually enjoying the sharing because the feedback is helping me see my style. Thank you for the amazing assignments so far. I’m finding my style and enjoying myself while pushing myself not to give up. I started keeping the sketchbook journal during the workshop and have not stopped drawing since. This has been an amazing journey."
Stephanie N.

This Course is Different Than Others

There are countless “How to Draw” classes and videos on the internet. What I’m teaching in this course is something deeper—something that pushes the boundaries of artmaking. If those other How-To classes are like learning to play technically-correct, traditional, Classical music—this class is like learning to play Jazz. 

It’s about self-expression, individuality, improvisation and above all, style. 

This class is not about perspective, tone, shading, lighting, or color theory. I’m not going to show you how to draw a circle. I’m going to guide you down the path so you can find how you draw a circle. 

I don’t want to teach you my style, I want to teach you to find your style.

This course guides you through every part of the sketchbook journey step-by-step: experimenting with tools, conquering the blank page, paying attention, looking inside, developing a habit, doing the work, drawing from daily life, and how to keep up this creative habit for life.  

Are you one of those folks who say you can’t draw? Well guess what—I believe everyone can draw! And learning to draw in your own style is sometimes even easier for people who haven’t spent years trying to “learn” how to draw the “right” way. We’ll also go over some basic drawing tips and techniques.

What the Students Say...

"I’m super excited and relieved I’ve found Might Could Studios. Never had a sketchbook embarrassing enough and now that has changed. Since starting Sketchbook to Style with Christine, you can clearly see where I begin to totally loosen up and scribble. It is liberating. It wasn’t until Christine have I found more confidence in myself. I don't ever want it to end."
Linda Z.
"I keep a daily (mostly) journal that I’m finally succeeding at keeping consistently. Going through this class is the longest I’ve been consistent about a sketchbook."
Dale W.
"I have been blown away by this experience. I hemmed and hawed before committing to the purchase, but I am really grateful I made the plunge. I have tried other online courses, but tend to never finish them. I love the social media aspect because it really holds me accountable (in the most loving and caring way). I have struggled with finding a community in "real life" where I feel supported in my artwork. Here, I actually get excited to share what I'm working on, and the amount of support I've received has been phenomenal. I'm so happy I have found my people!"
Derek S.

Start learning how to draw like you today!

How A Sketchbook Can Help Your Find Your Style + Voice

Sketchbooks let you tap into your instincts, drop your worries, and inject a playful enjoyment into the act of drawing. 

It’s about getting out of a final artwork, all planned out, perfection expectation frame of mind. We will fill our sketchbooks with new ideas, old memories, people we love, things we love, our daily life, and imagination. 

Our sketchbooks will be a visual representation of our minds and hearts and our Self. It will be a means to an end (the joy creativity brings us) and a source for new ideas and projects.  

It will be the key to developing your style of drawing, and learning how to draw like you. Once you really commit to your sketchbook practice, and follow through… 

...you’ll never experience drawing the same again.

Join a Diverse + Supportive Community of Artists!

Need some accountability, inspiration, and motivation? When you enroll in this course, you’ll receive an invitation to Might Could Studiomates, our creative community of artists supporting each other on our artistic journeys. Talk with other like-minded students at all different stages of the sketchbook to style process, sharing assignments, sketchbook pages, problems, and successes! And I’ll be in there sharing all my assignments and chatting around as well!  

Studiomates is a space for like-minded artists to come together where we can access premium educational content, but also access each other. It’s a space for artist-to-artist conversations and community-led events, challenges, and groups.  

Enrolled students will have private student-only groups to share and discuss drawing assignments and course-specific topics, as well as extracurriculars like the book club, studio playlist, drawing challenges, open chat rooms, spaces to share work, live events, and more. 

Membership is usually $10/mo, but when you enroll in Sketchbook to Style, you get FREE lifetime membership! Learn more about Studiomates here.

Ready to start your style sketchbook?

"Though I've taken collegiate-level art and drawing courses before, I had a really tough time being proud of my every-day drawings before finding Christine's classes. I can truly say she has been an integral part of finding my confidence as an artist so far. I have been drawing every day!! I know for a fact that what I've learned in just the first 5 sections of this course is what has given me the confidence to take on a daily challenge like this. Before I would have spent hours agonizing over the look of each of these guys, now they just seem to flow. <3 <3 I was never able to keep a sketchbook until following Christine either, that white-page fear is real!"
Kara C.
Sketchbook to Style student

What the Students Say...

"Before Sketchbook To Style, I did *everything* in pencil first and it really held me back. The constant erasing and never being right just really hampered my growth. Now I only use pencil sketches when I've got a fixed space and want to get basic proportions right. Otherwise, I'm straight to ink, baby!"
Jen E.
"Not too long ago, people would ask me if I'm an artist and I would reply "not really", because... I felt like I didn't earn the right to call myself an artist. However, since joining I have finally accepted that "hey I am an artist!" I have more confidence in myself & my art than I ever have."
Masina S.
"And this is huge for me too: FINALLY, I have managed to keep a sketchbook, instead of thrown papers all over the place. As many studiomates described, it ended up to be one of the most deep and rewarding experience. I hope it will last for a loooong time!!! I definitely need this community.
Tatiana M.

+6 Special Bonuses!

My 15-Year Sketchbook Journey

  • An exclusive look into all my sketchbooks from 2006–2020. 
  • See first-hand how my style has evolved and grown through my sketchbooks over 15 years of drawing!

Lifetime FREE Might Could Studiomates Membership (reg. $10/mo)

  • Chat with, get support, and make friendships with artists from around the world!
  • Participate in our weekly community posts and videos, including Tool Talk, Digital Art Q+A, and Art Therapy Talk.

1 year FREE membership to The Clubhouse! (reg. $15/mo)

  • The Clubhouse is a private space in our community that facilitates deeper connections through live monthly events on Zoom.
  • Pop into an event like our Drink+Draw or Art Chat Hangout, draw with us, and put faces and voices to names and avatars!

The Ulimate Sketchbook Assignment Checklist

  • All the assignments from the course, designed into a printable checklist so you can track your progress and stay organized and on track!
  • PDF download

Sketchbooking Tool + Materials List

  • My top recommended tools (both cheap and high-end options!) to keep your art up to par!
  • You do not need all these for the course, this is just a collection of all my favorite pens, pencils, and other tools to create my own art!
  • Clickable PDF download

My Personal Book List for Crafting Your Own Art Education

  • A list of all the best art-related books I’ve read, weeding out the ones I don’t think are worth the time, leaving you with a goldmine of knowledge and inspiration.
  • Clickable PDF download

Ready to get started?

Frequently Asked Questions

You’ll be prompted to make your account and upon completion you can immediately log directly into the community, so you can dive in right away!

Our Studiomates community is hosted on Mighty Networks, a platform which is simple but robust, well-organized, and easy to navigate. You can access the community through the desktop website address or the mobile app, available on iOS and Android.

You’ll need a sketchbook and a few pens, pencils, and markers. There’s a full list included in the course, but nothing expensive is required, and you probably already have some of them! A sketchbook is about experimenting, so we actually do best with cheap tools so we aren’t afraid to use them up!

No. This course is about finding your artistic style, and does not go into the strategies of making money from art.

Yes! If, within 30 days, you are unsatisfied with the course, you can have a full refund. I do ask that you look through the entire course and most of the assignments before you make a decision though! It’s a process!

The course is a completely self-paced online course—you decide when you start and when you finish.

You have lifetime access to all the course content, including all the videos, downloads, and bonuses! You also have lifetime free access to the private community, Might Could Studiomates. 

This class is all analog! I highly encourage everyone to drawing in our sketchbooks, and not digitally. With that said, some students have chosen to complete the course with their iPad Pro, and have been successful. I now have a few instructions for those who choose to draw digitally for this course. You just have to work a little harder to restrict yourself. ;) You may want a camera and computer to take photos and share your sketchbook pages in Might Could Studiomates, but that’s not required!

Although most of us are young at heart, Studiomates is a community of adult artists. We welcome anyone ages 18 and over.

We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming community for all—every race, color, gender, gender expression, age (18+), national origin, religion, disability, and sexual orientation

 

I believe artists and their styles are always growing and changing, and can always benefit from experimenting and playing in a sketchbook. This course shows you how to implement a sketchbook practice, which I think is super valuable no matter where you are in your artistic journey. And if you already sketchbook regularly, I still think you’d benefit from going through all the drawing assignments, hearing new creative perspectives, and sharing your work with the community!

There are a total of about 2.5 hours of video and 60+ assignments. The pace you complete the course is totally up to you! I recommend drawing every day during the course: watching one video and completing that videos assignment(s). If you watched one video + completed that video’s assignments each day from the day you enrolled, you would be finished in 38 days. But that might be rushing a bit! Plus, you’d still have all the bonuses too!

The course is housed inside Might Could Studiomates, a platform which is simple but robust, well-organized, and easy to navigate. There’s even an app (for iOS and Android) so you can access it all on the go! Each module is broken up into sections, with videos to correspond with the drawing assignments. Within the course is a private group for students to share their work, connect, and chat!

You can email me (Christine!) directly at: christine@mightcouldstudios.com

Christine Nishiyama

StS Creator + Teacher

Hi! I’m Christine, artist and founder of Might Could Studios. I make books (currently a middle-grade graphic novel series with Scholastic), write essays on creativity, and draw a whoooole lot.

I’ve taught over 75,000 artists, helping them learn new skills, grow more confidence, and develop their unique artistic styles. 

My core belief is that art is good and we should all make more of it. I want to encourage you to make more art, and help you find the way YOU want to make it.

Ready to discover your artistic style?
Let's do this!