I love to learn. I’m curious by nature and I’m always looking for ways to improve and move out of my comfort zone. I read traditional paper books before bed and electronic ones when I’m out and about. I split it about 50-50 between fiction and non-fiction, because I think fiction is super important for expanding horizons and vocabulary. I also listen to podcasts and audio books when I do some repetitive work like ironing or crafting that doesn’t include much decision making. Last but not least, I attend online courses to learn whatever I think I need at the given moment. My absolutely favourite place to learn is Creative Live. They have a ton of workshops, from photography and music to design and crafting. I have watched courses on social media, blogging, and starting a creative business. You can always learn for free when the classes are live or rebroadcasted, but you can also purchase them to watch when you want.
Recently I worked on illustrations for a little book. My client’s wish was to include hand written text and I felt quite nervous about it as I have never learned how to do it like a “pro”, if I don’t count the early years at primary school. The fact that this was also my first ever illustration project (I started to practice drawing only a year ago), didn’t really help to battle feelings of amateurism and incompetency. Right at that time I browsed through my Instagram feed and stumbled upon Martine’s (of the iMake podcast) beautiful photos of hand lettering. She let me know that she was doing a Hand Lettering 101 course and I was immediately tempted to purchase it.
Hand Lettering 101 by lovely Annica Lydenberg is a one-day course with fun exercises that help you understand the basics of artistic lettering and learn different styles that you can then personalize. I downloaded the videos to my computer and watched them off-line at our lakeside vacation house. I felt like living my ideal lifestyle! :)
I loved that Annica didn’t teach to follow the rules to perfection, but instead gave you permission to relax and explore your own creativity. I also liked her idea of mapping a set of chosen words on one paper, so you’re actually creating a piece of art as you follow her directions. I thoroughly enjoyed the process of learning and after only two days of practice I felt confident enough to tackle my client’s text with an old-fashioned calligraphy pen (something I always admired other people do, but was intimidated of the learning curve). Annica’s project was done in pencil only, but I later finished mine with Copic pens to add more dimension. I’m happy with my results, especially for my first try. I would highly recommend her workshop, even if you are only looking for a bit of creative outlet.
Do you watch Creative Live or other sites with courses?
Do you have a favourite one you would recommend to others?
What is the last thing you have been learning online?