These are weird and scary times we face, it can be difficult to stay upbeat. With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing us indoors and the uncertainty of the stability of the world economy makes it damn difficult to remain optimistic!
Which is why I wanted to highlight some of the positive things happening around us, especially in the creative community!
Below is list of fun events and activities I hope you’ll find useful, or at the very least, playful and distracting in a time of stress and uncertainty.
I’ll be speaking at a free Design Cuts Procreate live event!
Design Cuts is hosting a free online Procreate live event – you can learn all things Procreate from other creatives like me 😊 Topics include lettering, illustration, animation and 3D! The 7 sessions will run next week Monday 23rd March to Wednesday 25th March and registration is absolutely FREE!
Super cool creative activities for all ages!
If you’ve got kids stuck at home bored out of their minds, this list of fun drawing tutorials might help. Perfect for kids and anyone else who needs a creative break:
- Learn to draw Mickey Mouse
- Wendy MacNaughton is hosting drawing classes for kids on Instagram Live.
- Trisha Zemp is offering her Stop Motion Kids Camp for free!
- KidLitTV have a bunch of Ready Set Draw tutorials we can all follow along to.
And for adults…
- Becca from the The Happy Ever Crafter has a great YouTube channelwhere she offers free hand lettering tips and tricks.
- Now is a great time to learn to draw! Drawabox offers a set of free exercise-based lessons that focus on the fundamentals.
- And for the more advanced, improve your drawing skills with the free practice tools on Line of Action – a fantastic resource I still use!
Try out Skillshare Premium free for 2 months!
Just use my teacher link to signup! No strings attached, you can cancel anytime. But in the meantime explore and enjoy all the amazing creative classes to keep you company while you’re stuck at home.
Affinity has reduced it’s software fees dramatically
If you’re in the market for design software but budget is tight then you might be interested in this initiative by Affinity.
They’re taking measures to support the creative community by offering 90-day free trial of the Mac and Windows versions of the whole Affinity suite.
Or a 50% discount for those who would rather buy and keep the apps on Mac, Windows PC and iPad.
Full disclosure: I don’t have any affiliate with Affinity, they haven’t asked me to share this or paid me to do so. But I do know that the Adobe Photoshop versions of my Creators work in Affinity Designer for Desktop and I’m often asked if there’s an alternatives to Adobe. The Portrait Creator PS version, for example, works perfectly in Affinity Designer so I’m always happy to recommend an alternative where I can.
The creative community will take a huge knock during this COVID-19 pandemic so I just wanted to share this in case it can help someone out there!
While none of us know how the next few weeks will unfold, I’m still committed to staying positive and upbeat – for me that’s often in the form of drawing playful characters filled with joy and wonder 🐻🐰🐶
I hope you continue to do the things that keep you positive, even if it’s finding new ways to express them given our circumstances.
* You might be reading this a few months from now and hopefully that means we made it through this crisis! Some of the above links and specials are time sensitive and may have expired or ended.