Skillshare Makes Me a Better Person

Nov 1, 2017

There are days when I absolutely don’t want to do any work. This is a problem when my whole livelihood depends on me actually doing work. I don’t get paid to get out of bed and show up at an office. I only get paid when I’m clocking those billable hours. (No offense to people who work in offices, but I know the truth. I’ve been in offices where watching Netflix is a totally viable option.)

So, when I’m feeling like this, I would like to feel like I’m not totally wasting my life. Enter: Skillshare. I can spend hours going down the Skillshare rabbit hole. Honestly, watching other designers’ processes inspires me more than simply scrolling through Pinterest or Instagram. Sometimes, scrolling through those sites actually makes me feel worse. Like, “I’ll never be able to do that. I should just quit and be a barista (again).” But having people actually show me how they created something cool makes me feel empowered. 

My 6 Favorite Classes to Watch When I Need a Pick-Me-Up

(Yup, I rewatch them… like a total weirdo.)

1. Misprint: Smart Texturing In Photoshop

I picked up a few clever Photoshop tricks in this class.

2. Customizing Type with Draplin: Creating Wordmarks That Work

I just love listening to Aaron Draplin talk.

3. Inky Illustrations: Combining Analogue and Digital Media

I’m hoping that watching this dude’s videos will make his talent rub off on me.

4. Choose Must: Learning from the Paths of Others

I also read Elle Luna’s book. She’s got some smart things to say.

5. Digitizing Hand Drawn Sketches with Character

Another talented illustrator making things that I wish I could make.

6. Animated Self-Portrait: Bring Your Evil Twin to Life

More adorable illustrations to stare at, but this time in motion.




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