Digital Drawing Workout: The Art of Subtraction


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8 Videos (33m)
    • Introduction

    • Assignment

    • Approaching Digital Drawing

    • Brushes and Tools

    • The Art of Subtraction

    • The Art of Experimentation

    • Your Turn!

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About This Class

Get inspired with celebrated visual artist Shantell Martin! This short class goes behind-the-scenes in her NYC studio to share the ways digital drawing can push your creativity.

Watch as she plays with layers, subtraction, shapes, and more — then create drawings of your own. Throughout the class, Shantell uses her favorite drawing app, Paper by FiftyThree, but you're welcome to use any drawing app you'd like.

Digital tools and apps can spark inspiration for projects both in the digital world and beyond. Artists, creators, makers, and everyone looking to kickstart their creativity will love this creative workout. No experience needed — just grab your pens and let it happen!


FiftyThree builds mobile creation tools that help users to sketch, write, draw, outline, and color on the iPad.

Eager for more? You can also check out Shantell's first Skillshare class, Drawing on Everything: Discovering Your Creative Voice.

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I'm really enjoying these classes. Very informative and such a great, honest take on just letting it flow while you draw. It's motivating me to get back into making art again and expressing myself. Thank you! <3
This was REALLY GOOD class, Watching this was like meditation and experimenting with the app was awesome. Thank you so much for this. Hope to see more of these classes.
Dharshana Goonetilleke

Don't lower goals, Increase the effort

This is a brainstorming, freewheeling, creative thinking exercise that gets you familiar with your basic tablet art app tools, whether using Paper 53 or your app of choice. Particularly suited, though, to streamlined programs such as 53. I only had available an older version and was still able to complete the projects with stellar results.
Heather Murray

Charismatically Creating Serendipity






Visual Artist

The work of Shantell Martin is a meditation of lines; a language of characters, creatures and messages that invite her viewers to share a role in her creative process. Part autobiographical, and part dreamlike whimsy, Martin has created her own world that bridges fine art, commercial and the everyday experience -- conversations, objects and places.

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