Do you have a curious mind and love for learning? I do, and today I'm sharing my experiences from two online Skillshare classes I recently completed to get my fix.
Crafting and creating by hand are a huge part of my life but lately I've been growing more and more curious about exploring my love for drawing. I doodle all the time but rarely take anything beyond this stage – which is fine – but that little voice inside keeps pushing me to learn more about where it can go next. This curiosity lead to Skillshare.
You may have already heard of Skillshare. It's an affordable learning platform where passionate experts share their skills and knowledge in the form of project based classes taught via video. You may even get the opportunity to learn from someone you've admired and been inspired by from afar - how cool is that?! Because the classes are project based they aren't overwhelming and you get lifetime access so you can go at your own pace. I love this because the only time I find to do this sort of thing is late at night after a long days work.
First up I enrolled in Matt Kaufenberg's class, Character Illustration : From Concept to Final Artwork. I really enjoy Matt's illustrations and follow him on Instagram so I was interested to see what I could learn. Based around Photoshop rendering techniques I discovered different ways of doing things that challenged me to work in a new way. Matt's also a really informative and easy to follow teacher. As a student I think I was a bit excited to get through to the rendering stages and in hindsight I'd refine my initial sketch before going this far again. Above are some of my sketches and progress, below is my final image.
Next up Jon Burgerman's, Digital Illustration: Doodles to Designs. I'm a big fan of Jon's colourful doodles so I was super excited about having an opportunity to learn from him. Just like his drawings, Jon's a fun teacher. He was joined by his sidekick Mr Burgs, a puppet-burger, made by the incredible Felt Mistress. One thing I really enjoyed about Jon's class was that his videos were broken down into bite sized pieces (around 5 mins each). This made it easy to dip in and out when I only had a few minutes to spare. The short videos were also helpful for revisiting sections when I needed to recap. Below are some of my warmup doodles and the final illustration I took to the computer.
I've found this project really addictive and am still exploring what I learnt - see image at the top of this post (I can't stop!!).
Skillshare has a great community element to it too. You can upload the process and outcome of your project to get feedback and helpful advice from teachers and classmates.
I'm interested to find out if you've completed any Skillshare classes. What did you do? Any you'd recommend? Or are there other classes from other online learning platforms you'd like to share? If so, leave a comment below so we can all explore our options for learning something new.
BONUS NOTE: If you haven't used Skillshare before and would like to, sign-up via this link and receive $10 off your first class (applies to classes valued at $20 or more). In return I get a $10 Skillshare credit. Sweet! This isn't a sponsored post. I genuinely enjoyed my classes and thought you might too. This tell-a-friend offer is available for all Skillshare students.