Treasure Sharing: Joining SkillShare
I’m a nerd. I watch video tutorials on YouTube for fun that teach me how to draw, design, or use various adobe cc programs because it gets me inspired. As John Green has said, “When people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘You like stuff,’ which is not a good insult at all.” see full quote1. So if you “like stuff” too, then SkillShare is going to be an amazing resource for you.
For those of you who have never heard of it, let me take a second to explain. SkillShare is a user-content generated website that allows its community to learn and teach on just about every topic under the sun. Think of it as a tutorial for everything. On Steroids. You want to know how to bake a cake from scratch? Skillshare. Want to create animations or throw together a music track? There are tutorials for that. If you are passionate about gaining skills and knowledge, this is the site for you.
I have already saved a variety of classes from animating in Adobe After Effects to water brush lettering to creating seamless hand drawn patterns. Anything I see that interests me, I save. I downloaded the app on my phone, as well, so I can watch on the go.
- Over 17,000 classes at your fingertips
- Tons of Inspiration
- A helpful community
- Skills and knowledge on things you didn’t even know you needed to know how to do
- The ability to earn money as a teacher
- A portfolio to show off your work
- It costs $100 up front for a year subscription
- Counter point, they’re currently offering a free month when you first sign up (or get 2 free months by using this link)
- You’re gonna end up
wastingspending a lot of time there
- While there is a lot to choose from, a lot of the videos are mostly for beginners (especially in the web design category, I’ve noticed) – this could be a good thing if you ARE a beginner… but not so much if you’re looking for something a little more advanced
- I find this is more helpful for people like me who want to learn more about everything, and less for people who want to really excel in one niche area
I know this blog post kinda sounds like a giant ad for SkillShare, (and no, it isn’t sponsored… I wish.), but it’s something I’ve been itching to try out for a while now, and finally caved and got a premium account. I honestly just want to share it as a resource for people who weren’t even aware it existed. As a life long learner, and someone who wants to constantly improve, having this ability to learn so many new things is really exciting (again. I’m a nerd.).
Here are some great tutorials I’ve watched already or will be watching soon:
- User Teela Cunningham (who has amazing free tutorials, so is it any surprise her premium ones are fabulous?) I have already started using the techniques I learned in Metallic Magic.
- Hipster Shape Layers in After Effects by Phil Ebiner shows how easy it is to make really awesome looking animations
- Paper to Digital: Create Your Own Hand Drawn Font by Jenn Coyle is something I plan on diving into soon (I’ve only wanted to make my own font for years)
- User Yasmina Creates has an amazing water color style, and I’m super excited to see the technique behind it.
I hope to be confident enough to share my skills as a teacher, but for now I’m content just learning from others. I would really love to do tutorials on web design – from basic coding to designing website layouts, and even how to make a blog/shop/portfolio site for all of you letterers out there who want something unique and custom but don’t know how to create that yourself. What are your thoughts on all of this? Do you have any skills you’re dying to learn or share? Let’s talk!
1. Poster was not created by me, but can be bought at DFTBA.com