I’m always looking to learn new stuff, and my go-to space is Skillshare. It’s basically like Netflix but for learning, with classes in all types of subjects. Over the years, I’ve taken a bunch of classes from many different teachers, and these are the teachers that I come back to over and over again.
Since I mostly make digital illustrations and digital designs in Procreate or Affinity Designer, this is what these teachers have classes about.
1. Liz Kohler Brown
Liz has a bunch of classes, mostly about Procreate, lettering, and art licensing. She is very good for beginners with most of her classes but has a few newer classes for a bit more advanced studies.
For starting to learn about surface pattern design try this class: Design a Pattern Collection on Your iPad
If you are interested in learning how to make beautiful illustrations for Instagram; try the class Flatlay Illustrations
Find all of Liz’s classes here.
2. Jennifer Nichols
Jennifer is an amazing teacher who makes amazing illustrations and great patterns. She also has a lot of classes on making brushes in Procreate!
Start with this class about the brush studio Boost Your Procreate Brush-Making Skills: Understanding the Brush Studio
Another great class about illustration is Soft Pastels in Procreate: Learn to Draw Birds by Creating a Gorgeous Chickadee
Or try some more advanced pattern designs in Procreate with this Advanced Repeat Patterns in Procreate: Beyond the Basics
Find all of Jennifers’s classes here.
3. Tracey Capone
Tracey is another great teacher. Her style focuses a lot on texture, and different ways to make the most out of Affinity Designer.
If you are a beginner with Affinity, this class is amazing and teaches you what you need to start using the program: A Beginner Guide to Affinity Designer | Textured Florals on the iPad
Find all of Tracey’s classes here.
4. Weronika Salach
Weronika is a newer teacher (to me) but I absolutely love her classes about Affinity Designer and about making patterns!
This new way of working with automated designs that she teaches in Surface Pattern Design: Automated Diamond Repeat in Affinity Designer has revolutionized how I make my patterns in Affinity, so I highly recommend this class!
Find all of Weronika’s classes here.
5. Maja Faber
Maja has a bunch of classes covering a multitude of topics regarding design and illustration.
I highly recommend her class Design a Pattern Collection in Procreate for Spoonflower if you are interested in pattern design!
Find all of Maja’s classes here.
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