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Boost your illustration skills with industry experts


Written by
Yusuf Tamanna
Published date
15 January 2021

Looking back at her time on the Illustrating for Books Online Short Course, Sasha Burkhanova-Khabadze says a combination of constructive tutor feedback and encouragement from her peers is what made the experience so worthwhile.

Sasha tells me she was recommended to do the course by a friend - proving traditional word of mouth is still effective as ever. Sasha loved every bit of it, despite her packed schedule.

“I am currently completing my PhD in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. I am also running an art-research organisation Exposed Arts Projects. And on top of that, I’m also a mum of two little girls who inspire my art practice and illustrations.”

A photo of Sasha Burkhanova-Khabadze holding a framed illustration

One of the main reasons Sasha felt to do the Illustrating for Books Online Short Course was because she wanted to a place where she could really work on developing a robust portfolio of work. Once she completes her PhD, Sasha wants to add another feather to her cap and work as a full-time illustrator.

Her advice for other students contemplating whether a short course is right for them, Sasha says the best thing to do is simply “go for it!”

“Short courses are a great starting point as you will have a comprehensive insight from an industry specialist and an opportunity to ask questions. Also, there are tons of good vibes and inspiration during your course.”

Sasha concludes: “I simply couldn't stop drawing after I did my short course!”


If, like Sasha, you’re looking to make your mark as an illustrator, we have a diverse collection of illustration short courses including our Illustration Online Short CourseDigital Illustration Online Short Course and Illustrating for Books Online Short Course.

Elsewhere, we offer online short courses that cover topics including fashion, interior design, business and fine art. Our Online Short Courses are designed with you in mind, providing an exciting outlet for your creativity to thrive.

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