3 Courses to Learn Lettering with Procreate

Earlier today my Instagram friend Vallisdero asked me for suggestions on the best way to learn Procreate for her iPad so I decided to do a little digging. My results for the top 3 courses you should take to learn everything about lettering with Procreate are below.

Since Vallisdero specializes in calligraphy but is just getting started with Procreate I decided to ask designer and letterer Jennifer Grieve (fueled by letters) what her suggestions were. Her answer was simple: Check Youtube. This video by James Julier is probably the best place for anyone to get started if you just want to watch and follow along. As this isn’t particularly a course, consider it a freebie.

I’ve been a fan of the courses on Skillshare for over a year now, so it was a natural place to start looking for tutorials.

1. Digital Illustration Learn To Use Procreate (Free)

Image of an Archer by Jarom Vogel
Archer by Jarom Vogel

This first tutorial is a free course by illustrator Jarom Vogel and focuses on illustrating while learning the basics of the interface, different settings, and different brushes. My wife won an iPad earlier this year and I can’t wait to try out some of the techniques Jarom shows off. You can’t go wrong with free courses.

2. 3d Lettering in Procreate

Next, a bit of 3D lettering by my favourite Skillshare instructor/artist Teela Cunningham, host of the site every-tuesday.com where she provides freebies, tutorials, and incredible bundles.

She’s just released this new course so there aren’t a lot of students yet, but her Master course on font making was absolutely phenomenal (although honestly I’m *still* not done going through all the content yet). She also has a course on metallic textures in Photoshop which is really what got me started back into design in a big way. Thank you Teela!

3. Intro to Lettering with Procreate

Finally, I’m taking a bit of an educated risk here by going with Juniper Calligraphy‘s Intro to Lettering. Of course after visiting her Insta, you’ll see why it’s really not that big of risk. Wow is she good!

I’ve wanted to put together a list of great courses for a while now, so follow me on Instagram and drop me a comment about content you want to see. Leave a comment below too.

New ‘Block’ Editor for WordPress

It’s been a while since I had access to my email for this domain, but now that I’m back I’m updating the backend of the site.

After updating to the newest version of WordPress, I’ve come across the new block editor which allows for a more intuitive and streamlined way to create web content. If you’ve used Adobe Spark or even a bit of Facebook Workplace, you’ll be familiar with the interface of adding blocks.

The title and body text of this page are from a default block without adding anything. The image below is also added without a block — the feature is already sitting on the page for editing.

The “Add block” button in the new editor for WordPress

A basic blockquote can be added as a block along with other features.

I’m itching to write about tutorials for Procreate, so for now that is all about the new editor in WordPress 5.0.

If you want to help me out with creating more tutorial material, sign up with Skillshare and I’ll get a bonus to use on tutorials so I can learn more, to teach more!