Sweet & Shorts: Skillshare


Have you heard of Skillshare? Virtual, project-based learning on a whole slew of subjects. I still have a Digital Illustration course I have yet to finish! Or start, for that matter. And that’s the beauty of Skillshare, that I can smoosh it into my schedule when there’s some free time. (Anyone have some to donate?!)

Illustrator Annie Patterson is teaching a course called Children’s Book Illustration: From Sketch to Final Art, and the image above is the illustration she demonstrates in the course.

If you’re interested, Annie graciously shared a discount code for $10 off the original course price of $25. You can use the code DRAWING, which is available through October 5th.

Have fun! breaker How cool is this tweet: Screen Shot 2013-09-26 at 1.44.44 PM

I shared Sophie and Matthew Olshan’s The Mighty Lalouche over at Design Mom this week. There’s a pop-up version of the Unofficial Sophie Blackall Fan Club over there. And Matthew chimed in, too! My reader heart swoons.

And then I shared this snippet of why I identify with Lalouche:

Here’s where art meets life. Next week (!) I start a new job as a librarian at an elementary school. It’s been a bunch of years since I’ve done that, and I’m thrilled to bits. 

In this book, Lalouche loves his simple life as a postman. Leaves for boxing fame and fortune, but (spoiler!) returns to his roots cause he just loved his postman days so, so much.

My story feels similar. I am Lalouche today!

Happy weekend! (I guess I should remove former from that bio up there! PINCH ME.)



  • Elizabeth Stevens Omlor
    Posted September 27, 2013 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Ohhhhh…. Higgins! Love the topic of this Skillshare! Doin’ it!

  • Posted September 27, 2013 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    I will be looking into it – thanks!

  • Posted September 27, 2013 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Oh how I wish I were an artist. This sounds interesting.

  • Posted September 27, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Nice post. I just checked out Lalouche the other day and read it and loved it. Congrats on going back to an old flame; you will be an awesome librarian.

  • Posted September 27, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Hadn’t heard of Skillshare until now! Thanks for sharing.

  • Posted September 27, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Sophie Blackall tweet = treat!
    Same goes for returning to the library. :)

  • tinamcho
    Posted September 28, 2013 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    Skillshare looks neat. Thanks for sharing!

  • Posted September 28, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    I never heard of Skillshare either! Looks like an excellent resource, for sure. I was seriously considering Annie’s course, but it says you need Adobe Photoshop. I have Photoshop Elements, so don’t know if it would do me any good :( Glad to know about Skillshare, though!