Masterpieces are born in the artist’s sketchbook, but are your drawing skills up to the challenge? Luckily, Craftsy is here to help. For a limited time, get 50% off the online Craftsy class Sketchbooks: Drawing the Everyday — a special offer for Hyperallergic readers with guidance from internationally renowned artist Paul Heaston.

In these HD video lessons, you’ll learn how to accurately draw the world around you and in the process become a better artist. Find out how to think of your sketchbook as a versatile companion, and see how to use pencil, ink, and watercolor in your on-the-go “studio.” First, Paul will walk you through realistically depicting your subject in dimensional space. Then, build texture using ink and infuse your work with color as you add smooth watercolor washes.

In your last few lessons, you’ll learn how to combine what you’ve learned to create finished works that your audience will connect with in a meaningful way. So, what are you waiting for? Start filling your sketchbook with lifelike pieces you’ll be proud to show off.

Craftsy’s innovative virtual classroom allows you to watch your class whenever, wherever, and upload your work for feedback from your fellow classmates. Enjoy all the advantages of an in-person seminar with the freedom and flexibility to learn at your own place, rewatch lessons or specific techniques, and work from the comfort of home.

Visit to get 50% off the online class, Sketchbooks: Drawing the Everyday, and start creating more compelling compositions today.

Offer expires December 25, 2014 at 11:59pm MST.

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