Best Classes for Learning Illustration

These are some of the best classes for learning illustration and drawing. I’ve taken
and completed all of these.

From Design Garden

Hand Drawn Graphics Class

Design Garden Drawing ClassMy top class of all time

***Read my review here***

A sample of work I produced after taking this class.


The Trends Workshop SS19/AW19

trendsThe Trends Workshop is a goldmine of resources, knowledge, creative techniques and tutorials. Worth every penny! It starts on May 21, I’m currently enrolled.


Lecture Lab

What about creativity? Where does it come from? How can you tap into it? This is a short lecture by Sabina that will blow your mind. Especially if you struggle with coming up with ways of creating innovative illustrations and connecting new ideas.


Illustrating Picture Books

I have not taken this particular class but I have taken the Kids Trends class and some of the techniques and tutorials apply here too.

Picture Books

 From Craftsy

Travel Sketching in Mixed MediaI have Marc’s book as well. There are so many books about Urban Sketching out there but I’ve found his is the most approachable for me. It also helps that I’ve attended his talks in Montreal and joined him an other Montreal Urban Sketchers in outings. Although Urban Sketching is lower on my list of things to learn, it is the best way to keep drawing at all times because you only need to carry a small sketchbook, a pen and if you must, a small watercolor kit. This class is worth it. Also, keep an eye for sales because Craftsy often slashes prices. At least once a month!

Figure Sketching Made SimpleAh.. figure sketching. How much I want to be able to capture people in the everyday. This class is fantastic. Within the first two videos my figures went from stick and stiff to flowy, but this doesn’t mean you become good after just two videos! It just breaks you free from trying to draw everything straight. I love Suhita’s accent and she is pretty active answering questions.
Sketching People in MotionThis was the first Craftsy class I purchased and as I mentioned above, Marc’s explanations are very straightforward. His approach is very different from Suhita’s and I found it a little more difficult, but if you combine both, your figure sketching will improve greatly.

Did you know you don’t need all the watercolor tubes in the world?

I took this class earlier in the summer. Kateri Ewing is a master teacher. In this class she teaches how to mix truly transaprent, vibrant and beautiful watercolors with just six colors. And they are not the typical six. She made a very specific change in two of those so you can get those vibrant reds and violets instead of dull, dead purples and burgundys.

Luminous Watercolor by Craftsy


From Creative Live

Creative Live with Molly Hatch

Pattern Design: From Hand to Screen to Surface with Molly Hatch
If you want to learn pattern design and you don’t know anything at all. I recommend this class. Molly Hatch teaches both the manual way to creating a pattern tile, importing it into Photoshop and creating a beautiful entirely hand made pattern. Her techniques are very basic but it allows you to understand exactly how pattern tiles work. After you do this, you can dive into all the other pattern classes out there. You’ll have a good foundation.


From Skillshare

Particularly Ohn Mar Win’s classes and Ana Victoria’s.


Domestika

Si hablas español, Domestika es un tesoro. Hay clases de todas las discipliinas creativas, pero a mi me interesa la ilustración.

Las mejores clases que he tomado han sido:

Introducción a la ilustración infantil con Adolfo Serra.

Introducción a la ilustració infantil con Adolfo SerraDiseño e ilustración de un Fanzine con Violeta Hernández

Fanzine Violeta Hernandez DomestikaEstas clases son de un valor increíble, muy bien producidas, el contenido muy pertinente. Es un mundo a parte.

NOTE: Even if  you don’t speak Spanish just watching these creators at work is amazing. I’ve watched tutorials on YouTube of Chinese watercolor painters and despite not understanding a word, I’ve learned interesting techniques.

ON A PERSONAL NOTE:

I don’t particularly like follow-along projects. I have no interest in learning how to paint a sunflower in watercolor I want a combination of thought-process, tutorials, tips, feedback and resources.

I find that class production and value are the most important. I don’t mind paying for classes that will deliver. Of these resources I completely stand by Design Garden’s classes. Although they are the most expensive I swear I wouldn’t have made the progress I’ve made in terms of design, color mastery and work methods without Sabina’s classes. If I were to start today and had no previous drawing, design or illustration knowledge I would not hesitate to pay for the Foundation class.

In second place, Crafty’s classes are more classical art instruction but their videos are fantastically produced and are just the right combination of art theory and practice unlike other online courses that give you follow-along projects.

Domestika is a top notch resource. They seek professional working creators that share their know how generously, they answer questions in the forums even two years after their class has ended.

Skillshare is for me a way to save time, if I’m looking for a particular skill or I have a question, I will most likely look up a class on Skillshare.

These are affiliate resources I appreciate your support in maintaining my arty habit by clicking on the links.  I’ve taken and completed them all.

Best illustration classes curated by FlowArte