Online Classes/Workshop Recommendations

Lately, my inbox has been bursting with inquiries about my online workshops and when they will be offered again.  You might remember that last year, I pulled all of my online offerings, with the thought that I wanted to rewrite and reformat them.   Obviously, that hasn't happened, for a few reasons.  Primarily, I've been happily buried in my own illustration work and haven't felt the calling to get back into teaching just yet.  And secondly, there are just so many fantastic classes being offered right now and I'm not sure that I can top them.  

Will I be teaching online classes again?  Not right now.  I won't say never, because that's just silly to assume, but it will be quite some time before I offer another class.  

In the meantime, I've collected a little list of online classes to recommend to you.  I've either taken these or plan on taking these at some point.  If you've got recommendations of your own, feel free to leave them in the comments section.  

Skillshare:  I've taken several classes at Skillshare over the last couple of years including Katie Rodger's Fashion Illustration workshop  and both of Mary Kate McDevitt's Hand Lettering classes.  The videos for most of the classes are pretty short, about 15 minutes to 45 minutes in most cases, so it's simple to work through the courses in short bursts.  Skillshare also just added a monthly membership option that offers unlimited classes for $9.95 a month.  

Folio AcademyI discovered Folio Academy after following the work of Will Terry for awhile.  He's not only a wonderful illustrator, he's also quite open and candid about sharing information with other illustrators.  Folio Academy offers a wide range of courses on both digital and paint media taught by a variety of instructors.  I took How to Design a Drawing a couple of years ago when I need a fresh outlook and I also took Making Art for eBooks and Story Apps last year when I was working on my first ebook.

AtlyI found out about Atly through Instagram and immediately enrolled in Alma Loveland's Illustrator 210 course to brush up on my Adobe Illustrator skills. Atly boasts a charming array of crafty, artsy, and everyday life courses.  Next on my list is Stationery Business 101 by Eva of Sycamore Street Press.

School of Visual Storytelling:  Will Terry has teamed up with comic extraordinaire Jake Parker to create this selection of in depth online classes focusing on illustrating for children's book and illustrating comics.  The classes here are longer and more time consuming that some of others I've listed here.  Topics range from a professional level Illustrating Children's Books workshop to basic courses on drawing, Photoshop, and using color.  These guys are both brilliant and I can't recommend these classes enough.  

Even though I'm already working as an illustrator full time, I'm still constantly curious and always exploring.  Time can be tight around here, but I try to squeeze in a small workshop every couple of months or so.  To keep my work fresh and to challenge myself.  I encourage you to do the same!