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

Discover your artistic style in your sketchbook!

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What is Sketchbook to Style?

Sketchbook to Style is my step-by-step system 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 digital 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.  

What's Included in Sketchbook to Style?

Sketchbook to Style includes instant access to:

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You get immediate access to the entire course, community, and bonuses.

"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 just realized I'm a few assignments away from completion. This has been an amazing journey.
Stephanie N.
Sketchbook to Style student
"I had a lot of fun doing these! And thank you for all the wonderful feedback on our progress. This group is very encouraging and positive. It's making me want to do more daring sketches and I'm finding this all kind of therapeutic."
Carol C.
Sketchbook to Style student

10 Step-by-Step Modules

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  • 🎥 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

This Course is Different Than Other Art Courses

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.

As Pablo Picasso said, "Style is the difference between a circle and the way you draw it."

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.

Ready to discover your artistic style?

"...my hand fell into an enjoyable flow of its own, before my brain could get a chance to say, 'What the hey?!' Milestone! Today I sat down to draw, in pen, without caring about the outcome. I was at peace and felt like whatever would be would be. These [drawings] were not for one of the assignments, but ARE a result of doing the course! :) ”
Samantha L.
Sketchbook to Style student
"I’m also super excited and relieved I’ve found Might Could Studios. Christine’s work is inspirational. Her lessons are thoughtfully written to help artists along with their own journey to where that might be. She's super sweet, personable, human, and just a joy to work with and I’m so glad she is part of my life and my journey. Never had a sketchbook embarrassing enough and now that has changed. Since starting with 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.
Sketchbook to Style student

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 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!  

Might Could 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 Boot Camp, you get FREE lifetime membership!

Ready to start your style sketchbook?

Who This Class is For...

  • You’re tired of not having a recognizable style
  • You haven’t been able to keep up a consistent drawing practice
  • You feel lost and confused when you draw
  • You’re frustrated you don’t know how to draw in your own unique way
  • You haven’t yet discovered how to make art that feels like you
  • You want to develop and commit to a consistent creative habit
  • You want to have more confidence in your art
  • You want to rediscover your love of drawing
  • You draw often but are ready to up your game and elevate your art
  • You want to draw consistently and find your style, but need the accountability and assignments to guide you
  • You may be pretty good at drawing technically, but feel like your art is missing something unique
  • You have been told your artwork is stiff, or needs to be more dynamic

Who This Class is NOT For...

  • You are looking for a course dedicated to art fundamentals like perspective, shading, or anatomy (this course does not cover those subjects)
  • You are looking for a course to learn how to sell your art (this course does not cover that subject)
  • You expect to find your artistic style without putting in the work and effort
  • You do not want to be creative
  • You think making art is a waste of time
  • You don’t like inspiration, open-mindedness, or positive vibes!
"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
"Wow, this has been quite a ride... the first tracing felt like it'll take me ages... by the third one, the big-picture process became the exciting part, planning out where to draw the lines from, what order to take etc. Now it's 4:39 AM—I better call it a night!"
Matej J.
Sketchbook to Style student
Christine Nishiyama, Might Could Studios

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.

6 Special Bonuses!

My 15-Year Sketchbook Journey

  • A potentially embarrassing (for me) insider look into all my sketchbooks from 2006–2020. 
  • Most of these pages haven’t been seen by anyone
  • First-hand deep look into how my style has progressed and grown through my sketchbooks over more than a decade of drawing!
  • This is something personal and special that I’ve never shared anywhere else before. 

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

  • Chat with, get support, and make friendships with artists from around the world!
  • Share your art with us to receive nurturing, encouragement, and the support of other artists who understand the obstacles you’re facing.
  • 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

  • I’ve learned more from reading constantly about art than I have from any video tutorial.
  • Here I list out all the best 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
"[This drawing was] done whilst resisting the temptation to control everything. When I switch my brain off and let myself just draw, I am frequently struck by how differently my head would have done the same job. OK, Christine Nishiyama, I think that you have already proven to me that I DON'T need to sketch everything in pencil first and that just going for it with a non-erasable pen is also wild fun. It's refreshing to make mistakes and then think: 'Ok, whatever, that's funny' instead of taking it all too seriously. Thank you again, Christine Nishiyama!"
Jane B.
Sketchbook to Style student
"Having a blast with these! Resisting the urge to research and plan everything out is hard for me but it has definitely led to some happy accidents that teach me more about myself!
Rebeka J.
Sketchbook to Style student

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

How Much Does it Cost?

How much is Sketchbook to Style? You could try to figure it out on your own, spending hundreds of hours watching YouTube videos and small courses, floundering around.

You could go to art school, spending four years and +$168,000.

You could keep drawing on your own for 20+ years, just making slow progress.

OR you could save yourself years of frustration and thousands of dollars and enroll in the entire Sketchbook to Style Boot Camp guided system and get full access today for just $297 or twelve monthly payments of $27!

What About a Guarantee?

Sketchbook to Style Boot Camp comes with a 30-day 100% money back guarantee. This is the biggest course I’ve ever made, and I take a lot of pride in the quality of my courses and I stand behind the concepts I teach. This process worked for me, and if you put in the time and effort, I have the utmost confidence it will work for you too.  

If, within 30 days, you are unhappy for whatever reason just email me and you will receive a full refund. I stand behind Sketchbook to Style 100%.

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