16-20 March, 2020 - Ericeira, Portugal

1250€ / 4 days / 4 nights / 10-16 students

Price for non-attending partner: 550€, please mention it in the booking form.



In this 4 day workshop, attendants will work alongside concept artist and illustrator Sam Hogg in the beautiful, natural surroundings of Ericeira, Portugal. Sam is the creator of ‘The Whaler Girl’, a dark fantasy world-building project that combines art and narrative writing and will be helping workshop attendees to flesh out their own fantastical worlds. So if you’ve been sitting on that story idea for a while, this workshop is the perfect excuse to immerse yourself in a creative environment with like-minded people all looking for their next shot of inspiration.

Whether you want to give your characters a rich environment to inhabit or find the right look for your main character, Sam has a breadth of experience in the entertainment industry to help you do just that. With a passion for exploring the endless possibilities of concept art, she will encourage you to step beyond the obvious solutions and find those visual cues that speak to you as a creator. Attendees should expect to come away with a sketchbook that focuses on rough ideas and not on polished paintings. The goal of the workshop is to leave you with a sense of direction for your personal projects and a plethora of initial ideas that you can take away and develop.

The workshop will include live demonstrations, educational lectures and a chance for personal review of your work. Sam has over 12 years of experience in the games industry and worked with clients such as Blizzard, Dark Horse, Critical Role, Playground Games and Rocksteady. She has worked as a lead and is comfortable working with most technical skill levels and also understands that the creative spirit is something to be encouraged, even when giving feedback to improve.

PRICE: €1250 (Includes 20% VAT, 4 days tuition, 4 nights accommodation, live drawing models, all meals and drinks, tours, surf and yoga activities, & transfers during the workshop days.)

DATES: 16th-20th March 2020
LEVEL: Beginner to Advanced. All levels welcome!

CLASS SIZE: 10-16 students

MATERIALS LIST: The workshop will be sketchbook focused, participants are encouraged to work in whatever medium they feel most fluid in, digital or analog.
WHAT’S INCLUDED: Four days of tuition (roughly 6 hours per day), lodging, food, live drawing, hiking in nature and great conversations!
LOCATION: Ericeira, Portugal.

WHERE YOU WILL BE STAYING: Casa Paço D’Ilhas, a beautiful guesthouse on the top of a hill in a small rural village with a rich cultural heritage dating back to the 13th century. Ericeira village itself is just a short (10mins) drive away. It is a traditional Portuguese fishing village with blue and white houses, labyrinthine narrow streets, and several cliff-backed beaches.

ROOM SHARING: Part of the experience in Casa Paco D’llhas is the intimacy of the guesthouse, and while there is plenty of personal space and privacy, many of the sleeping spaces are in a shared space. Please let us know if you have special requirements for a fully private room and we will do our best to accommodate you!

QUESTIONS? See our FAQ page here!

Sam Hogg

With a love of fantastical and narrative imagery, illustrator and concept artist Sam Hogg's career has spanned a multitude of genres across the entertainment industry. She has worked with clients such as Playground Games, Blizzard, Dark Horse Comics, Critical Role, Rocksteady and many more over the course of her over 10-year career.

Beyond her professional work, she can be found bringing her elegant, feminine aesthetic to a dark fantasy world of whalers and pirates in her personal project, The Whaler Girl.

Her work can be found at and her worldbuilding project, The Whaler Girl, can be found at

twitter: @zephyri
Instagram: @thewhalergirl

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