Fraser Davidson taught a SkillShare class that shows how to achieve this (or come remarkably close to it).
It looks like it's done in After Effects, and it looks like a fun class. You can check it out here: http://www.skillshare.com/classes/design/Simple-Character-Animation/1750772942/
Dude is a boss.
It's not free but I've been using Skillshare. It's like $5/month and there are tons of classes all taught by industry professionals. I love it!
Edit: it is $9.95/month. I remembered incorrectly. Either way, I feel like it's worth every penny.
Try lynda or skillshare.
For non-work-related learning I recommend khan academy, or any of the complexly productions such as crash course or scishow.
I personally started with this http://www.skillshare.com/classes/design/Simple-Character-Animation/1750772942
It's a good way to start doing something simple yet rewarding without getting drowned in the menus IMHO.
I don't know if it's still the case but back then you had a free trial week when subscribing (that you can cancel at any moment iirc)
PS : I recommended this course a few times on this sub already and it will soon become suspicious, so I must say that I'm in no way affiliated with the platform or the author of the course nor do I get anything in return for sharing this link. It's just that I found it very easy to make a very satisfying first animation and get my hands on the software and genuinely think this is a good way to get started ;)
P-PS : if you already used flash, it's same same but different (most of the logic is the same but the menus and the way to link objects are quite different and I found it easier to learn from a tutorial than figuring out by myself, trust me, I really tried)
Finished the first cable square (and have another half I'm finishing). 10 more cable squares and 9.5 more bias squares until blanket.
Still trying to finish the shawl. 78 rows in, 27 more to go. I'm hoping that buying my last yarn hank will help me want to motor through it, but it's too big to work on during my commute.
I also finally paid for the Skillshare premium membership ($10/month), and am excited to work on a lettering class with a favorite designer.
Productivity is a very personal thing. What works for one person may not work for you, in your lifestyle. If you're serious about changing some things, you're going to have to take this: "I'm incredibly bad at sticking to a plan or a schedule" and throw it out the window. That stops today, and believe me you will thank yourself later.
Here are some good online courses that can help you create a schedule that works for you:
I had a friend who introduced me to the idea back in 2011, but it took me a few years before I actually got around to putting something up. For me, a few things helped:
I love how happy and surprising and whimsical yarnbombs are. They always make me smile. I wanted to do that for someone else! I feel like yarnbombing adds some magic back into the world.
It's mostly just practise, but Skillshare has a few highly rated courses too:
I know Robert Geller did an Introduction to Hand Drawn Technical Flats. However to watch the videos other than the trailer you have to sign up for a 30-day free trial.
My advice would be to 1) apply to anything entry-level you can find 2) Use Code Academy (http://www.codecademy.com/) and the free classes on Skillshare (http://www.skillshare.com/classes) to learn some marketable skills. 3) Volunteer. Find a volunteering gig you can do on a regular basis to demonstrate an ability to commit and to work with others. Ideally, you'd make a good impression and get a reference from this. http://www.jobscan.co/blog/2014/09/03/resume-format-including-volunteer-work/
Best of luck!
If I had to be honest, I'm not a fan. It reads a bit amateurish, and I'm not too convinced of the left-justified alignment on the front cover. And regarding the title itself - would you consider putting a few commas in there? I feel like it should be The Qori, The Illia, and Michael Sanders, depending on your opinion of Oxford commas.
The orange and black combination tends to be associated with Halloween. It looks like you're trying your hand at minimalism, but it's just falling a bit flat. The font choice isn't great - especially for the summary at the back.
If you're interested in trying to design your own covers, I would definitely recommend these two Skillshare courses. It's free for the first two weeks, I believe, unless someone refers you. Then you get a month.
Remember, the cover is what draws the attention of your potential reader. If you were browsing Amazon, would you click on this?
You don't have to commit to staying there for the long run, but it sounds like a great opportunity for now. In your position, I'd start with getting my Microsoft Excel skills to a high level. Lots of people claim to have advanced Excel skills, and lots of those people actually don't. Knowing how to use Excel well is a great asset. Get started with a Skillshare class here: http://www.skillshare.com/classes/microsoft-excel
Hand lettering. I've had my eye on this Skillshare class for awhile, but my experience with the site has been kind of lackluster.
There's a great Skilshare introductory course on developing with this, along with a few tips on colour selection techniques/composition etc., taught by Joshua Davis, who iirc is one of the initial developers of hype:
Basically creating (video) tutorial of your expertise, charging about $20-$30 per hour of your tutorial or course.
There's no ductus written out, but it's mostly people copying other calligraphers and adding their flair to it. There was a skillshare class on it: http://www.skillshare.com/classes/design/Calligraphy-I-Writing-in-Classic-Modern-Script/581900124
Yeah I would guess most of them would have started with a sketch.
There are some nice brush pens that can give you those nice strokes. I use Tombow personally.
Some of them do look like they started with a pre-existing type face; then created the text to outlines and began editing.
Skillshare has some good classes that go over this process in great detail. Here is a specific class that may help you
That was super helpful and very informative. Here is a link of Trashhand's skillshare class he made to teach people. For those who want to watch it and contribute more to this topic.
Check out the offerings on Skillshare for cost-effective courses. They cover basic to advanced level courses on everything from using software to more traditional techniques like hand lettering. You can pay for courses individually or get access to all of them for a monthly subscription.
Brute forcing design until it clicks is half the fun though.
In all seriousness though, you're talking about mastering a tradeskill that has been around for a long time. If you are serious I would look into some courses, as you won't find a more efficient way to improve your skill.
Via google search:
I was recommended this once, but I cannot speak for it personally:
Hey Sarah, it’s Janna. :) If you haven’t already, you should invest in some graph/squared paper as it will make it a lot easier to make your sketches nice and uniform.
You might want to try single-word compositions at first so that you can experiment with different styles and techniques. When you find some styles you enjoy or are best at, work your way into longer compositions. At that point try just writing out your words in your normal handwriting and playing around with the scale and positions to see where things should fall in terms of hierarchy and emphasis. Then it will be easier to see what words you should make bolder, all caps, scripty, etc.
There are a few lettering classes on Skill Share that you might want to consider to get started. I haven’t tried any personally, but they look like quality material.
I think the majority of us here are beginners in some capacity, or at least intermediate, so please don’t be shy about posting any work. We’re here to help and offer critiques. Welcome aboard!
Edit: Also we have weekly challenges that are just for fun/practice. The links are always posted in the sidebar, and there’s an archived list if you want to use that to start out.
There are plenty of professional designers that never went to design school. I did, and I'd recommend it 1000%. But, if you're disciplined and are willing to sink enough time into it, there's no reason why you can't learn it on your own.
There are a couple of great courses on Skillshare for designers that cover basic software and principles. You also get feedback from teachers there. I think they still have their $1 for 3 months promotion on.
I did this habit formation class on skillshare and it was brilliant. It does mention those above three points but delves much deeper. As part of the class, you also create a 'habit loop' which you fill in on a template.
Link for anyone interested: http://www.skillshare.com/classes/business/Design-Your-Habits-A-Hands-On-Introduction-to-Behavior-Design/978368389
With no formal training and no degree, the best thing you can do over the next four years is build up a marketable skill set and an experience history that does show some time outside the home.
Use Code Academy (http://www.codecademy.com/) and the free classes on Skillshare (http://www.skillshare.com/classes) to learn some marketable skills. These won't corner you into any sort of technical career. But knowing your way around HTML and Excel, for example, could make you useful to just about any kind of company that's out there.
Volunteering is a fantastic and relatively low-commitment way to get yourself a solid history of experience. This post recommends 20 hours of volunteering a year, so if you find a regular volunteering gig for 2 hours a month, you'll be set. http://www.jobscan.co/blog/2014/09/03/resume-format-including-volunteer-work/ You should be able to use someone from the organization you volunteer with as a reference, too, which is important.
I use it with the app Things and find that works pretty well for me. I used this Skillshare course to get started and thought it was a nice intro.
I use Datamerge within Photoshop to rapid prototype cards. I'm guessing it is the same as InDesign.
I highly recommend Daniel Solis' Skillshare course related to Game Design. The course goes through the process of card design, specifically using InDesign.
Yeah, this is basically another bullshit trend from Dribbble/Behance.
This guy has a logo design tutorial, in which he has a draw circles around your logo phase, after the logo is 100% finished.
He is not even using circles, but ellipses.
Another product of the Draplin Skillshare Course? I hope so, that thing is brilliant!
I think your doing a great job with it! In the world of crests, it's quite unique (which is cool) and I'm always a big fan of consistent linework such as your own.
Things that I can get nit-picky about though:
Where the paths end (the shield behind the bottom banner, the horizontal bars behind the shield) I would like to see rounded. The rest of the line-work is very smooth and rounded and those ends just feel so abrupt to me.
Go through and evenly space all the elements (if this is from the Draplin course, he does go over this). The distance between the bird head and the shield is different from the head and crown. Making things like that consistent will really tighten up the piece.
Maybe experiment with adding an element to the left and right of the bird. The piece is quite bottom heavy right now and I feel like something is just missing up there.
Round the point at the very bottom of the shield. Once again, everything is rounded yet this is sharp and harsh.
Once again, looking great! Keep it up /u/Negawing
That skillshare is almost definitely the technique she used.
Essentially using bitmapped tiffs placed into illustrator and then colored. this took me about 10 minutes to put together, and it isn't perfect. here are the incredibly sloppy files. When I bitmapped the tiffs I should have used a coarser dot pattern, or just bitmapped a grungy texture and then clipped it out.
I liked that, because it was a lot more sensitive and made varying the pressure much easier, especially since I'm left-handed.
I mostly use tracing paper or vellum, and the ink tends to lie on those much better. Regular sketch paper is probably cold pressed and rough, which gives the ink a lot of places to spread.
If you want some tips and are willing to try Skillshare (about $10/month, can be cancelled any time if you pay by the month), there are some really good courses about lettering.
So you graduated from high school in the spring of this year? Then it's fine to include high school stuff. Drop your interests and activities, though.
There are two or three resources you could use this week to get good enough at Excel and HTML that you don't have to be wishy-washy about listing them. And it'll dramatically increase your chances at getting hired at a tech company.
http://www.lynda.com/ ($25 for one month. WELL worth it)
Instead of trying to stay inspired/motivated, try to make a habit of it.
This great online class teach you how to develop new habit, and I think it is free
Daniel Solis, designer of Koi Pond, has a card design class on Skillshare where he uses InDesign. The class had a nominal fee, around $25 a year ago when I took it (not sure if that is the same). It's video based learning that I thought was well worth the price.
Although I didn't have InDesign at the time, I managed to apply some of the techniques in Photoshop CS6, setting up variables linked to an Excel document (same thing as data merge).
First I draw it in Illustrator, then I import it in after effects to give it the movements (drawing again the arms, legs, etc...), and then to photoshop to create the gif saving for web.
Here you have a very good tutorial if you want to learn: http://www.skillshare.com/classes/design/Simple-Character-Animation/1750772942?via=my-classes
He used After Effects and probably Illustrator in the beginning. You'll find the process here http://www.skillshare.com/classes/design/Simple-Character-Animation/1750772942 (You can access to skillshare courses for free for a limited period once you enroll iirc) I followed this tutorial a few months ago and it's really easy and fast (less than an hour) to get the whole idea.
This might help you. Never used it, but I like A LOT of what this guy does
Also, maybe think about Skillshare (http://www.skillshare.com/). I love this site. I'm not sure what qualifications you have to have to be on this website, so do your research.
Hope this helps. Good luck!
There are a handful of classes available on skillshare for pretty cheap and you wouldn't have to travel anywhere. Molly Jacques' Introduction to the Art of Modern Calligraphy looks appropriate, and I think her style matches what your wife is interested in. Her work on instagram is beautiful if you'd like to see more.
Hey I like the in browser challenge aspect of it. Good luck with the kickstarter. As a plan B, have you checked out teaching at skillshare ? I'm sure you'd be accepted there and could use your tool as a teaching platform. Maybe create an advanced course to offer outside of skillshare, using skillshare as a customer funnel?
Just a thought. Good luck.
What kind of calligraphy are you interested in? Modern pointed pen is really popular at the moment - there are several classes available at Skillshare. Melissa Esplin's "I Still Love Calligraphy" online courses are also highly recommended.
And for anyone who cares, I started out with this SkillShare class from Molly Jacques. Obviously, no formal teaching nor writing style.
You can totally make games without coding, using playmaker/visual scripting. Don't listen to naysayers, with playmaker you can go very far in making a game. I used to use gamemaker, and after switching to playmaker + unity I never looked back.
One massive benefit of playmaker is a large, active community (forums) and tons of tutorials and even small courses. Plus many, if not most, unity store assets have built in playmaker support these days.
This should be unbelievable helpful - not just for accomplishing the style you want, but for learning more about vectorized textures etc. DKNG are amazing, checkout their site if you haven't heard from them.
I've had almost the exact same idea for letting my kids know when to NOT barge into my home office. My idea was to use a couple super bright LEDs and some light pipe like the stuff found here:
Also, if you are looking for some intro on how to do this type of thing on the Pi (controlling an LED with Python) I made a free class on Skillshare that has video lessons covering it.
Sounds like a scam! Or poor programming. Either way, cancel with the bank.
Here's what it should say in Paypal, if that's what you're using
P.S. I teach on Skillshare, find my classes here
I found this, which may be of interest to anyone who finds this thread in the future: http://www.skillshare.com/classes/photography/Introduction-to-Aerial-Videography-Creative-Direction-for-Drone-Filming/1023605416
I would check out this tutorial:
Really helped me understand the basic fundamentals of after effects and is relatively short and easy to understand. Skillshare membership costs money but you can get a free trial and smash through a bunch of tutorials before your free month ends
There's some really high quality classes available on Skillshare. Not technically free but you get a 14 day trial when you sign up.
Some classes I'd recommend:
George Bokhua: http://www.skillshare.com/classes/design/Logo-Design-Fundamentals-Simple-and-Solid-Brand-Marks/1200154057?via=search
Aaron Draplin: http://www.skillshare.com/classes/design/Logo-Design-the-Draplin-Way-Building-with-Shape-Type-and-Color/1389209398?via=search
And to learn about creating a visual identity from your logo: http://www.skillshare.com/classes/design/Beyond-the-Logo-Crafting-a-Brand-Identity/1989648790?via=search
I also recommend skillshare, courses are short, easy to follow, and made by people sharing their own experience.
Sure thing, here you go. As I said, it isn't the most well taught class - but it goes over the various platforms in which to sell your mobile photography, as well as certain strategies to use to ensure you're assisting yourself in making sales, etc.
There's a skillshare course on exactly this I found recently that's great. link
Skillshare costs but I can't recommend it enough. It's really been helping me expand my arsenal of techniques.
A while back I took a few one-day classes at the Meramec Digital Lab and thought they were a good primer. They're called the DATA workshops and they are informative and cheap. The SLCC site sucks to find anything but here's a recent email newsletter I received that shows samples of the classes.
In my opinion the best way to learn these is to take a quick one-day workshop then explore everything else on your own. There are a ton of sites out there that can help you (ie. Skillshare).
Hope that helps.
This is a hand lettering project I started on skillshare which was a great way educator into hand lettering - it was my first project that I took seriously but as with most of my projects I never got it finished (maybe one day). My grand idea was to finally vectorize it and using my vinyl cutter cut it out and stick it somewhere. The link below takes you to my page which describes the process in a bit more detail and how I went about building it up.
I'm doing a Skillshare class that's an intro, but the final project is an envelope. I do handlettering, but it's having me use some different tools.
Here are the best sites I have for learning to code, I picked through and found you the ones that pertain best to web development.
And if your into spending money on some courses
they often have sales as well where you can get courses for a flat rate. I've picked up six or seven courses from there at nine dollars a piece, and they are regularly twenty or more.
http://www.skillshare.com/classes/design/Character-Concept-Art-From-Initial-Sketch-to-Final-Design/1310245862/dashboard Recommend this class, to see how the general process for concept art can take shape. Best learned with some foundational knowledge already obtained :)!
Very cool! Been thinking about this idea too, but I'm about a decade away from taking the next steps.
My advice is based on the assumption that you're looking to run a relatively self-sufficient small holding, which would include some form of cottage industry or organic meat/vegetable produce business to support it?
A frugal business could also be considered a startup on a shoe string, or a lean startup. Plenty of advice on the net about those. The same principle applies - you have no money, so make use of what you have.
From an agriculture POV, have you thought of researching permaculture & sustainability practices? Specifically the works of Mollison & Holmgren. http://holmgren.com.au/about-permaculture/
John Seymour's The Complete New Guide To Self-Sufficiency would also be a bible here.
I haven't personally taken it, but you can tell from the projects and what people haver written that it must be good.
If you are serious about learning better techniques for illustration I would have thought this would be invaluable.
Checkout this guys project for example, it's a nice illustration at first, but once completed it has a bit of heart about it.
The best way is to learn in a classroom setting. Group critiques combined with instruction from a seasoned professional are indispensable. You will get your ideas shot down and have to start from scratch many times, but it's the best thing for you. Successful design work comes from lots of time experimenting and researching. If cost or time is an issue, check out tutorials online, or Skillshare if you want something a little higher quality than what you'd find with a quick Google search.
Other than that, keep your eye on trends and (more importantly) learn your history. Design trends change with the wind, but never forget your audience and who will be using what you create.
I took both of Mary Kate's classes and recommend both. If you only do the first one it'll leave you hanging if you're interested in digitizing. I've been eyeing Jon Contino's course, too.
Paul Solt's courses are great on SkillShare.
To add to that...they have a free Intro to 3D printing class on Skillshare specifically for Shapeways.
First, ask him - send him a simple description on paper (two paragraphs if that's all you have) and ask him what other details he needs. If he's a good investor he'll help or send examples.
Second, don't think of this as a chore you're doing for him. Thinking through your business plan, profit formula and projections is a really valuable way for you to progress and improve on your idea. It should be fun, or at least interesting.
Skillshare has some fantastic free classes for this type of thing - like this http://www.skillshare.com/How-to-write-a-successful-business-plan/1709056875/1720884231
That one has ended but look around, they have plenty of similar ones.
If you've got questions or things you'd like me to focus on (anything goes: reddit, breadpig, hipmunk! - or Y Combinator), please submit them here as comments so we can vote on the best ones for me to address in class this evening.
haha. oops. the link is broken and since I can't edit it... http://www.skillshare.com/Making-Something-People-Love/822658242/1950164020
May I recommend SkillShare ?
I haven't actually tried it but it seems like a good place to start. I'm sure there are better alternatives out there though. Please post on reddit if you decide to do it!