What I’m loving in the month of March

This is a two-for-one deal, and since it’s my first pick, I’m allowed to cheat a little. I’ve been enjoying a lot of classes on Skillshare for a while now, and Sarah Anderson’s classes have been one of my favourites.

Sarah Andersen is a cartoonist and illustrator, whose work is both beautiful and hysterically funny. Her humour is wonderfully complex, she is able to bring a light and personal touch to what can sometimes be quite deep and dark experiences, thoughts, and feelings.

Squishy limp, the talented Sarah Andersen is joined by her adorable pet rabbit in her comic, Sarah Scribbles

Sarah’s classes have been some of my favourites. Creating Webcomics: From Sketches to Final Comic, in particular, is informative, easy to follow, and comprehensive without being overwhelming. I will say, that the audio is not the best and it assumes a level of familiarity with Adobe Photoshop that I severely lack. The pacing is perfect and the content of each class within the series offers just enough information to be comprehensive without being overwhelming.

For anyone who doesn’t know, Skillshare is a community. It is a place where creators come together to pass on their knowledge and skills to those who are interested in what they have to offer. It’s also super cheap, especially for the range of classes you can choose from, and unlike other classes, you don’t have to leave the house! What’s better than improving yourself and having a great time while sitting in your pyjamas?

Funny, heartwarming, and surprisingly deep, every comic is personal to both the illustrator and the reader.

There’s a wonderful community that goes along with Skillshare classes, and this one is no exception. It’s a great place to get reassurance of your own skills and to look for inspiration when you’re well and truly stumped for ideas. I appreciate that it’s not obligatory to post your work as I suffer from terrible anxiety at having to present something for judgement.

Sarah has two distinct styles- one is serious, beautiful, detailed, the other is relaxed and simple. It is this simple style she is demonstrating. At first glance, it might be easy to dismiss this cartoon due to its seemingly loose and easy nature, but if you look carefully, her cartoons are considered and technical. Her character is basic but has clear expressions and gestures and always has a particular point. For the sake of these classes, this more uncomplicated approach makes the class accessible and easy to understand- it’s not unobtainable.

Even if you aren’t interested in learning to create your own comic, I can highly recommend checking out Sarah Scribbles. But if that’s not your bag, there’s a plethora of other fantastic classes on Skillshare and I love a recommendation if you find a gem.

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