A self-paced, pre-recorded course to guide you from stickman to real person so that you can sketch people confidently and have a new skill for life.

Perfect for you if you've always wanted to draw but something inside you says you can't. You can!

Do you relate to this?

  • You try to sketch people but they never look right.
  • Someone once told you you'd never be any good at art.
  • You don’t know where to start, people keep moving before you finish, you wish you could sketch them quickly and every sketch attempt ends up in the bin.
  • You see other people sketching with ease, turning a few lines into a person, and you wish you could do that.
  • Or maybe you know how to draw but it's too tight and you want to know how to loosen up.  

Fear not, it's within your reach

Don't listen to the naysayers - drawing is a teachable skill!

How to Sketch People will give you the tools and techniques for sketching confidence. It will help you to reconnect with your creativity (if you've lost touch with it) and open up the world of sketching joy.

As with any new skill, it can require a lot of thought at first but, with practice, YOU WILL GET IT.

Everyone on the course gets access to my private Facebook Group, Sketching People, connecting you with others on the same path.

If I had a penny....

...every time someone said to me, "I wish I could draw", I'd have about £10.82 now.

I'm Sonya Vine, an artist from Haslemere in the UK and runner up of Surrey Artist of the Year 2023. I love painting atmospheric scenes full of nostalgia and light, often with faraway figures. This is contrary to my sketchbooks which are jam-packed full of people in close up.

I've been sketching people for over three decades and I just love it. While it came naturally to me, I could also see that, with a shift of thinking and seeing, it was something that people could learn so I thought it was time I broke it down into simple sections and explained how to do it.

Let me show you how.


  • Sitting in your favourite cafe with a coffee and sketchbook, sketching someone over the other side of the room lost in a book while you get lost in the scribbles. (Don't let your coffee get cold).

  • At home with a precious 20 minutes, and sketching your child watching telly on the sofa (you know they won't move).

  • A sunny day on holiday, an empty bench calling you, time to whip out your sketchbook and capture some memories.

  • On a train journey, instead of staring out of the window, why not turn it into a creative time and sketch the commuters. They won't notice, they haven't found this course yet so they're just staring out of the window.

Learn how to see shapes

Create depth

Loosen up

Start today!

Give the Gift of Sketch

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Click here to buy a gift voucher for How to Sketch People, it would make a unique, thoughtful and inspiring present.


Do I have to do this in a certain time? No you're completely free to take as little or as long as you want.

Can I do this in pen? Yes absolutely. Some shading techniques are a little different with pencils and pens and I cover that.

What materials do I need? Any paper and any pencil will do. A sketchbook is brilliant to have and softer pencils (eg B or 2B) are great for shading but it's not a problem if you don't have them. Just get a pencil or pen from the kitchen drawer!

If I have a question during the course, can I ask you? Yes you can contact me through my Facebook Group 'Sketching People' or drop me an email [email protected].

How long do I have access for? You’ll have access for the lifetime of the course, for as long as I continue to run How to Sketch People.

If I don't like the course can I get a refund? In the unlikely event that you don't get anything from the course, just drop me an email within 7 days and I'll give you a full refund. No strings attached.

How do I give a testimonial or some feedback? Please drop me an email at [email protected] with any comments. There's also space for comments at the end of each module.

Can I share my login with friends? You're welcome to do the course with members of your household, it's a great thing to do as a family, but please don't share your login with anyone else. A girl's gotta eat.

Can I give this course as a present? What a lovely idea, yes. Click here to buy a Gift Voucher for this course. (Once bought you will be emailed with a unique link that you can send on.)

Do you give any support? Yes please join the Facebook group 'Sketching People' where you can show your work and I can answer any questions. This is also the place to share your before and after sketches. Also, feel free to email me.

Where can I see your paintings? On my website www.sonyavine.com

Have you got any other courses? Not yet but watch this space. Sign up to the email list to stay up to date.