Drawing is good for your business
- You can ditch boring stock images and make your social media posts and newsletters and stand out
- Communicate with personality and humor
- Visualize strategies and solutions for your clients - and for your own business
- Infuse more fun into all your business activities!
- Sketch on a whiteboard for teaching and presentations with confidence
- Activate your right brain (aka your creative genius)
Doodle your way to success!
For visual thinkers drawing is THE WAY to get clarity and become visible.
Actively using my drawings has transformed my business
- I built an archive of drawings that I can now use over and over again
- My drawings immediately stand out, in spite of (or because of) being very simple
- After only one year on Linkedin, my visual story posts get between 2000 and 30 000 views. (To compare: My videos are seen about 200 times.)
If drawing is such a useful skill - why aren't more people using it in their business?
If we confuse it with "making art", we think it is difficult.
What if illustration is actually easy?
For decades I didn't dare to make my own illustrations. I thought I just wasn't good enough. Although I am a graphic designer and could decently draw from nature. But when it came to drawing "just a little illustration", I got paralyzed. I thought it always looked "wrong".
Until, one day, the picture turned 180 degrees when I found out that drawing is easy when I don't have to draw "correctly". I did a lot of research and experimentation, and found an easy way to illustrate. And the best is: I can teach you how to do it!
That said, there is a lesson about "proportions" in the class, so you know what you are allowed to ignore.
I explain drawing in an easy, practical and systematic way
This is the course I wish had existed when I started out. Many drawing tutorials are too complicated. Who wants to sit through an hour long teaching video? I deliberately kept the lessons very short and concise.
My method is based on easy-to follow step-by-step recipes.
And once you understand how it works, you can tweak them and start playing.
- In this class the focus is on the most important topic: Faces and figures, which is the most fun and the most important thing to learn.
Once you can draw a figure, everything else is easy. You can re-visit the lessons as often as you want.
But... maybe I don't have talent?
I get it.
Really, I do. We have heard that drawing is "art", and that you need "talent" for it. But nobody actually taught you drawing, right? We all learned to write, but not to draw.
You don't need talent. You need the right instructions.
How it works
Fast. Very fast.
This is a self paced class with videos, text instructions and downloadable worksheets.
The videos are very short, most are between 3 and 5 minutes.
You don't need special material – just printer paper, pencil and fineliner. (Click the "preview button below to preview the course, and you can watch the lesson about material)
You can finish the class in less than half a day.
I know from in-person workshops how FAST people can improve their drawing, when given the right instructions.
At each point of your journey you get lovely drawings out of your sessions! And, you'll have access to the lessons forever! When you have worked through the basic lessons, you can learn to draw additional topics in the Drawing Club (see bonus below).
Here are the modules of the basic class:
- Style and technique – my secret recipe! And some playful warm-up exercises
- Simple heads with various hairdos, expressions and characters
- Easy figures from standing to dancing
- Tell your visual story: Prompts, mindset and layouts
- Real world application – how to use your drawings digitally or analog
You can preview the class and some of the lessons here:
ISummer Drawing A live round of the basic illustration course, with lots of drawing for fun and business.
July 5 - August 30 (some Tuesdays off!)we will focus on drawing - starting with a live round of Simple illustration.
I give you feedback on your drawings, you get my help with visualising your content and input how to use them in your business and branding strategy.
Live sessions are on Tuesdays, 8-9 PM Copenhagen time.
What students are saying - and drawing
In just four weeks, I went from drawing stickmen (if that!) to a client putting *my* illustration on her corporate greeting cards... Just by watching Ingrid's online lessons and practicing at home.
Ingrid is right. You don't need talent—you just need the right instructions and a non-judgmental community to practice your art.
Mariann Roberts, copywriter
These are Mariann's drawings after only 4 weeks in the course! To compare, this is how her drawings looked before starting the course:
I have always dreamed of being able to illustrate a little bit - for my blog and for little everyday stories. But I drew worse than a kindergarten child and my attempts quickly ended in frustration. And then Lill's illustrations course came along. Drawing was suddenly really fun and my pictures became much better. Lill´'s feedback on the drawings was worth its weight in gold. So if you say you can't draw but would love to, this course is definitely for you.
Su Busson, coach
Since Su took my class a few years ago, she has illustrated all her blog posts!
I did as you said and channeled what was in my heart. This way it felt much easier to draw. So I trusted it and went! It came out pretty much the first time. I knew it didn't have to be perfect.
That's how I started to find my voice, and it got the ball rolling!
Nadine Mazzola, Forest therapy guide
Frequently asked questions
How can I use this in my business?
Here is an example: Explain your process to your clients with a simple drawing.
What does your framework look like? A pyramid? Spiral? Or a Flywheel?
I'm too stressed. I have so much to do!
Drawing is not only useful, it is also fun! Here is what course participant Helle says about the live sessions:
Absolutely love the Tuesday drawing sessions. Tonights theme was "going crazy" with bright colors for half an hour. Certainly got my mind on something else, - I feel refreshed....
I have already taken a graphic facilitation class, but I am not happy with my drawings. Will this be different?
Through my long experience with drawing and design I see immediately what is "wrong" with a drawing.
Here is an example: Susanne had taken a graphic facilitation course, but was frustrated with her drawings- especially her figures. See the before and after:
I can watch free drawing tutorials on Youtube!
"Simple Illustration" is more than a drawing class. In the live sessions I give feedback and share my insights on visual storytelling, design, branding, and business building.
But that said – if you find an artist you like, you can absolutely can learn from YouTube videos! With or without my class. But here is what a participant said:
"After going through your class I look at other cartoons or comics with new eyes. I can see all the tricks they are using, and I can copy what I like"
More student drawings!
After a few weeks of sketching ... I’m sharing my first business drawing on LinkedIn today 🙀
I've been supported by a wonderful group of people in Ingrid Lill's excellent Business Drawing Club.
Mark Crossfield, Career Coach
Ingrid thanks for a great session, lot’s of little tricks you shared.
I spent the day working on cartoon characters for my character voice portfolio…pretty fun.
This was exactly what I was hoping to get from the course.
Justin Hamacher, Experience Design Leader
I wanted to do learn how to do laid back informal sketches on my PowerPoints and infographics for my trainings, rather than using boring, stock images from the internet (as the topic can be a bit dry).
The course lessons are easy, I love them! It was about time I have some fun and learn something new.
Absolutely love the Tuesday evenings with Ingrid Lill. She is a professional illustrator. Tonights theme was "going crazy" with bright colors. Certainly got my mind on something else – I feel refreshed!
Helle Langgard, Coach
Thank you for the wonderful drawing class. I wanted to learn to draw my own illustrations for my workshops and presentations. Your step-by-step process was an eye opener and gave me a big confidence boost. Incredible that it is possible to make so much progress in only a few hours!
Rikke Moos, Copywriter
Jeg havde længe overvejet at finde en, der kunne lære mig at tegne, så jeg kunne bruge tegninger til at blive en bedre formidler. En dag fangede Lill's tegning på Linkedin min opmærksomhed. Den var humoristisk enkel og sagde mere end 1000 ord.
Så nu har jeg næste hver tirsdag aften deltaget i webinarer sammen med en international gruppe af Ingrid Lills dygtige deltagere, hvor vi har fået inspiration til at forenkle, jonglere og modulere vores tekster på en helt ny måde.
Det er langt mere, end jeg nogensinde havde forestillet mig. At tænke i illustrationer i stedet for ord er bare helt fantastisk.
Thanks a lot for your course, you rock mixing serious marketing tactics with drawing!
I will apply what I learned in my business. It certainly gave me more confidence to express myself with drawing.
Nico Brier, Web designer
I highly recommend Ingrid's classes! This course is loaded with step by step instructions, helpful templates, tips and tricks. Best of all, you can get direct feedback on your drawings and design, and also learn how to digitize your drawings.
As an added bonus, Ingrid has a knack for building a rich community!
Michala Storm, coach
Tusind tak for en sjov, intens og udbytterig kursus. Jeg fik alle mine illustrationsudfordringer håndteret og fik lært nye færdigheder – f.x. hvordan jeg kan arbejde videre med dem på Ipad og pc. J
Sanina Kürstein, Chefkonsulent
Ich wollte schon immer lernen, mit wenigen reduzierten Strichen das Wesentliche festzuhalten. Ingrid hat eine wunderbare Art, ihre Erfahrung und ihr Wissen vorbehaltlos weiter zu geben.
In jeder Zeichensession lerne ich Methoden und Techniken um weiter zu kommen und erhalte eine Menge wertvoller Tipps.
Ich freue mich jede Woche auf den Dienstag abend – auch nach einem langen Arbeitstag kann ich die Stunde in dieser tollen internationalen Runde genießen. Vielen Dank, Ingrid!
Eva Langhans, Textildesignerin
An dieser Stelle mal ein grosses Lob an den Zeichenkurs von Ingrid. Es macht einfach richtig Spaß, man kann sein eigenes Tempo bestimmen, erhält Tipps u Tricks und hat nie das Gefühl überfordert zu sein. Dass alles in Englisch abläuft ist auch gar kein Problem. Da Ingrid viele kleine Clips einfügt und gut verständliche Texte schreibt versteht man so gut wie alles. Dieser Kurs bringt mich wirklich dazu jeden Tag ein bisschen zu zeichnen. Und das mit Lust und ohne Zwang.
Man merkt ich bin richtig begeistert 😀 deswegen von mir 5 Sterne u Daumen hoch!!!
Elisabeth Triebel, Formfalt
Why learn from me?
Hi, I'm Ingrid Lill. Communication designer and professional illustrator. I am German, live in Denmark, and I speak English in my classes. Very simple English! You can ask questions in German or Danish, no problem. I'll translate.
I have drawn all my life. But it was first after I started doing graphic facilitation for organisations that I embraced the "fast and fun" illustration style that I'm teaching in this course. I share all the most useful tricks that I have learned over the years.
Drawing has transformed my business. It helped me stand out and escape being a generalist graphic designer. Now my business is not only more fun, but also more lucrative.
No matter if you are a total beginner, or you you just want to pick up the pencil (again) and learn a few tricks – I promise you that this class will be useful and a lot of fun!