Creator's Handbook

Creator's Handbook

Melbourne, VIC 3000
Member since 2017

  • 18 Classes
  • 150 Students
  • 28 Reviews
28 Reviews
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Creators Handbook is about being part of a community that appreciates and supports the freelancing artist. It’s about learning new art skills and techniques, and doing so at your own pace. Whether you’re a student, a mother, a business owner (or all 3!), this is the place to sit down with a cup of coffee or a sketchbook, and let the creativity flow.

Vanessa Vanderhaven is a self-taught freelance illustrator and designer based in Melbourne. As the founder and captain of the mothership, her number 1 priority is to deliver on her promise of high quality lessons, helpful articles and support for each and every member.

If you have an enquiry or would just like to say hello, please shoot through an email to Or if you’d like to learn more about Vanessa, you can visit her website

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5.0 (28 reviews)
25 March 2021Realistic Portrait Illustration Drawing Workshop
Vanessa's illustration class was game changing for me. She is a friendly, welcoming, inclusive person with a very natural teaching style and a great sense of humour. The clever tips she shared were easy to take on board and gave me confidence to think outside the illustrative box I've been stuck in! She gave expert tips in using drawing tools I'd never considered which made the world of difference to my work. I feel empowered after 5 hours in Vanessa's class with a new found love of portrait illustration.
24 March 2021Realistic Portrait Illustration Drawing Workshop
I'm so glad that I finally had the opportunity to attend one of Vanessa's classes in-person after eyeing them off for a long time! Vanessa was extremely personable, funny and obviously very talented! She was easily able to articulate how she uses certain techniques and the results for each and every participant were so impressive in the end!! I've walked away with some small tips that transfer into amazing skills, more patience and trust in my abilities as an artist. Thank you SO much
02 December 2019Portrait Illustration Masterclasses
I had a wonderful time at Vanessa's class. At first, I thought I was taking on a BIG challenge but Vanessa went through the process in small do-able steps and even after week one, I was amazed at what I had achieved. By the end of the 4 classes, we all had produced amazing replicas of our visual stimulus.
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Refund Policy

Creator's Handbook requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email Creator's Handbook to organise a refund or transfer

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Ticket refunds can be made up until 1 week before the course begins.

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