When I was growing up in rural Indiana (it’s in the USA near Chicago — I don’t blame you if you have no idea where it is 😂), I went to a crappy school. And, quite honestly, I had many crappy teachers whose only advice to me was “read the textbook.”
As someone who loves to learn, my current ability to access any teacher on any subject anywhere in the world through the internet is a luxury I’m grateful for. And one of the ways I access great teachers is Skillshare.
I’ve written about Skillshare before, but here’s a brief overview of why I love it:
- Classes in a variety of lengths, from 15 minutes all the way up to several hours. Pick one you have time for!
- Project-based format, so you can apply what you learn immediately.
- One flat yearly or monthly fee for access to the entire library of courses.
- Classes are broken up into short segments and are downloadable, so you can learn anywhere.
- Teachers often provide high quality, free resources and examples to set you up for success.
I use Skillshare several times a week to learn new stuff, and my favorite thing is when I find a teacher I love so much I spend all my free time binge-watching their classes. This week, the teacher I’m binging is Ewa Kleszcz.
I just finished Procreate Magic: Painting with the Eraser Tool, where Ewa shows you how to take advantage of Procreate’s ability to use any brush as an eraser to create beautiful illustrations with a patterned or textured background. It’s been a relaxing activity for me as I sit on the couch in the evenings watching TV.
For the class project, you create an abstract background using your favorite Procreate brushes and/or the liquify tool.
Then you create a new layer with a solid color and use a brush of your choice to draw with the eraser tool and reveal the abstract background underneath the solid color.
Ewa provides you with some starter backgrounds, so you can begin creating right away, and there are even lessons on how to make your illustration look cut out and 3D.
I’m happy with the results I got from this class, and I’m excited to use the skills I learned to keep myself creating every day. If this course sounds like something you’d enjoy, you can use my “Take This Class” link below to get a 1-month free trial of Skillshare:
Next, I’ll be moving on to the class Pocket-Sized Creativity: Make Time for Art Despite a Busy Schedule. I can’t wait to start creating mini paintings with Ewa!
I’m a Tucson, Arizona-based writer and artist. My work combines nature, bright colors, and a hand-drawn feel. My inspiration comes from the Sonoran Desert and my weird sense of humor.
My backyard is the wild west and I love driving my Jeep up mountains. I live in an RV with my husband, and when I’m not writing or creating, I enjoy knitting, learning web development, and playing video games.
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